Eagles Training Camp Day 5 recap: Ertz and Kendricks miss practice, Murray limited

The fifth day of Eagles training camp came and went, and although the most people missed practice due to injury, it sounded like one of the better days for them. Sam Bradford continues to shake off the rust and show real improvements, and his connections to Jordan Matthews should be a regular thing this year. Here are some tweets from writers about Bradford’s performance today:

Some thoughts on this: it sounds like a lot of Bradford’s good throws today were to wide open receivers, but he also has been noted to make a lot of great passes in tight windows. It also sounds like Bradford’s accuracy is a big difference that’s making him stand out from the other QBs on the roster. Nick Foles struggled a lot with accuracy in 2014, as well as Mark Sanchez (who still has a little trouble on deeper throws). Even Eliot Shorr-Parks said Bradford looked good!

However, the “Bradford is the next franchise quarterback” hype needs to calm down a bit after just a few practices. He still hasn’t even played in a preseason game where real hitting occurs. There’s still a chance that he could be re-injured, and just playing in a game, even just in the preseason, is a much better indicator of how he is than a random practice in training camp. When he has a great game in the regular season, then I will start to believe that he could be great in this offense. But until then, the jury is still out.

Injuries piling up?

No, not really, but more people seemed to miss today’s practice than any of the other training camp practices:

So DeMarco Murray is back, but he didn’t participate in any team drills. Sounds like he was limited. Kiko Alonso and Jerome Couplin both missed practice for the second day in a row. Alonso should just keep focusing on getting better, but Couplin needs to get out on the field soon if he wants to stay in the race for a roster spot. He’s in no way a lock, and really, could still end up starting if he impresses enough. Still, at this point, the lack of practice is a bit disheartening.

I’m not sure why Zach Ertz and Mychal Kendricks weren’t practicing, but I’m not too worried. With both Kendricks and Alonso out, it was Najee Goode who got the first-team reps, not Jordan Hicks. I’m not really sure where Hicks is on the depth chart, but I can’t imagine he’s very high up. Every single Eagles inside linebacker has a history of injury problems, so don’t be surprised if they keep four or five.

Who’s reppin’ first-team?

Different guys are always getting cycled in and out of the first team depending on the day, especially if there’s an obvious position battle such as cornerback and right guard. Today, it was Andrew Gardner getting the start at right guard and Eric Rowe at cornerback. Obviously, this will probably change again the next practice, because all of the guys competing for spots need to be featured at some point to see what they can do. Still, whoever actually gets the reps is worth noting.

News and Notes

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Nelson Agholor has looked great so far…Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez didn’t look particularly strong today…Chris Prosinski picked off his third pass of camp, but I’m pretty sure they were all on Matt Barkley or Tebow, so nothing earth-shattering…Nolan Carroll apparently got some work in at nickel, although I kind of remember Chip Kelly saying he was staying on the outside…Miles Austin dropped a TD pass, aka, not good…Earl Wolff is alive and had the “best hit of camp,” according to multiple writers…Brandon Graham continues to say some bold things. He thinks Agholor will win Rookie of the Year…Graham also thinks he’ll get 32 sacks this season. Make of that what you will.

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