Today marked the twelfth practice of the Philadelphia Eagles training camp ahead of the 2022 NFL season. Here is what I observed at the NovaCare Complex. NOTE: Stay tuned for today’s BGN Radio practice recap podcast which will be embedded immediately below once the episode is live.
• JALEN HURTS STOCK REPORT:
Nice to see Hurts bounce back from a declining stock performance on Sunday. More good than bad on Tuesday.
Hurts started the practice by throwing a ball to an open Zach Pascal in the back right corner of the end zone. The rest of his 11-on-11 red zone streak wasn’t as successful; he took several ‘sacks’ after holding the ball too long.
Hurts looked better in the red zone 7-7. He didn’t start running once (progress!). He instead used his arm for several good quick throws, including a pair to Dallas Goedert for touchdowns. The first connection with Goedert came on a cross from the left of the field. The second score was when Hurts placed a ball into his tight top end on a loop despite tight coverage from TJ Edwards.
Going 11-on-11 with the offensive drive, Hurts connected with DeVonta Smith along the left sideline. The ball was slightly high but still catchable. Next, Hurts was on the money for AJ Brown on a return along the left sideline.
There was a flashy play where Hurts was very quickly ‘sacked’ by Haason Reddick but held down the rep by rolling to his left and firing a high strike at Smith, who made an impressive leap tight along the sideline while managing to tap both his feet inside. As the offense finally headed into goal territory, Hurts capped off a drive with an easy throw to a wide-open Goedert.
Hurts’ best camp shot came in that practice. He demonstrated a quick release and a very good zipper on a ball down the right sideline to hit AJ Brown in stride for a catch-up touchdown. Josh Jobe and K’Von Wallace were the ones hanging out on the cover of this piece.
Let’s see if Hurts can build on that performance with some strong performances against the Browns! That would be rather encouraging for his prospects.
• JALEN HURTS STOCK TRACKER OVERVIEW
Day 1 : Same stock
Day 2: Out of stock
Day 3: Out of stock
Day 4: Same stock
Day 5: Store
Day 6: Out of stock
Day 7: Same stock
Day 8: Store
Day 9: Same stock
Day 10: Store
Day 11: Out of stock
Day 12: Store
• EAGLE INJURY NEWS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: Grant Calcaterra (hamstring), Christian Ellis (hamstring), Marcus Epps (back), Javon Hargrave (toe), Jason Kelce (elbow), Jared Mayden (ankle), Miles Sanders (hamstring), Greg Ward (toe).
The “hamstring” designation for Sanders is new. He had already been put on the list due to “leg pain” on Sunday.
Epps just missed a practice.
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: Le’Raven Clark (hamstring), John Hightower (groin), Jimmy Moreland (ankle), Boston Scott (concussion).
Both Clark and Scott practiced in a limited capacity after missing several days.
BACK TO PRACTICE: Britain Covey was on full throttle after being restricted on Sunday. Andre Dillard was also jam-packed despite leaving practice a bit early on Sunday.
INJURED IN PRACTICE: James Bradberry went to the coach’s tent at the start of practice and did not return to drills. He watched the rest of the training from the touchline, which is a better sign than his disappearance in the NovaCare complex. But Bradberry might not be available for Cleveland practices. To be determined.
• LIST MOVEMENTS: The Eagles waived/injured three players after practice on Tuesday.
• Zach Pascal had a great outing that allowed him to cut inside for what looked like an all-too-easy touchdown reception from Gardner Minshew. Pascal is going to be a factor in the red zone.
• Deon Cain had some good catches today. One came on a weird anticipation throw from Reid Sinnett that felt like it was suspended in the air forever (and maybe a bit caught in the wind?) before being snagged by Cain. Cain also had a big boy jumping down the right sideline, kinda Mossing my guy Mac McCain. Cain failed to throw a back shoulder throw into the end zone, although it looked like the placement of the ball could have been a bit better. Cain finds himself in a numbers crunch when it comes to making the 53-man roster, but he could be a quality coaching option to keep. Provides more depth to WR.
• Active day for Britain Covey; he had several takes in the middle. And two who went for touchdowns in a red zone drill. The first came when Sinnett hit him obliquely. The next day he broke on a short loop.
• It’s hard to say that Kenneth Gainwell looks like a player who jumped from Year 1 to Year 2. He had the opportunity to do a shoulder catch during a zone drill red but couldn’t bring it back. were easy to grab…but he’s supposed to provide value as a catch-up pass, so it would be nice to see him make those plays more than ever. Later, Gainwell dropped a ball from Hurts directly on him in the apartment.
• Jalen Reagor made a good dive after a tight shot from Minshew. Only went for a short win but probably not a game he made last year.
• Speaking of Minshew, one of his best days in camp. Glad to see him change things up a bit since the first pre-season game.
• Noah Togiai had a match-of-the-day contender when he beat Andre Chachere deep in the end zone for a touchdown. Minshew threw the ball high enough that only the tight end could play on it. After the game, the team’s second offense made a big effort to celebrate their score. Togiai catches everything thrown at him and basically does whatever he can to earn a spot on the roster. Are the Eagles keeping him on Grant Calcaterra? They might lean towards sticking with their sixth-round pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. But Calcaterra has missed a lot of practice time now while Togiai has done well. And it’s not like there’s a huge age difference here with Togiai entering his 25-year-old season while Calcaterra will play his 24-year-old season as a rookie.
• Zech McPhearson was awarded a pass obstruction penalty in the red zone 7v7.
• With Bradberry running out of time, Josh Jobe took on the first-team representatives at cornerback across from Darius Slay.
• In Epps’ absence, the Eagles mixed the trio of K’Von Wallace, Josiah Scott and Reed Blankenship into the first team safety. No Jaquiski Tartt…doesn’t look good for him. Blankenship picked Sinnett (Reed on Reid crime, as BGN alum Mike Kaye said on the sidelines next to me today) on an 11-on-11 streak. The Eagles may have to keep Blankenship on the list.
• No practice for new Eagles defensive back Ugo Amadi, which the team acquired commercially JJAW. Amadi wears number 32…same number as Jason Huntley. Oh oh. Not a good sign for my guy.
• Eagles Super Bowl LII champion Torrey Smith attended practice today.
• Today in Jimmy Kempski’s daily training camp interview series for BGN Radio: Zach Berman.
NEXT: No more Eagles training camp workouts at the NovaCare Complex this summer.
The team travels to Cleveland on Wednesday for joint training camp workouts Thursday and Friday (2:00 p.m. EST start time). Next, the Eagles take on the Browns in a rare preseason game that kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET on a Sunday.
I’ll be covering practices in Cleveland (read: Berea, Ohio). Let me know if you have any good recommendations! Mainly looking for restaurants, but open to other suggestions.