DeMeco Ryans, Kiko Alonso, Mychal Kendricks, Bryan Braman, DeMarco Murray, Jerome Couplin, Earl Wolff and Zach Ertz all missed practice today for various reasons, some of which were real injuries and some of which were probably sports science. Many of these guys may not be suiting up on Sunday for their first preseason game as a result of this. Chip Kelly still hasn’t made the announcement regarding that though.
Despite the fact that eight people missed practice, some guys decided to actually show up in pads and compete in practice. Some interesting developments were made in terms of who got first-team reps, so let’s get right to it:
Andrew Gardner at RG for the second straight day, fourth overall of camp. Two more than any other OL. #Eagles
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 13, 2015
Slot rotation today: Eric Rowe (1s), EJ Biggers (2s) and Jaylen Watkins (3s)
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) August 13, 2015
Sanchez with the 1st team for 7o7 #Eagles
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) August 13, 2015
Brad Jones, Emmanuel Acho 1st team ILBs today w/Kiko, DeMeco and Kendricks not practicing. #Eagles
— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) August 13, 2015
Alright, let’s go one-by-one here. Andrew Gardner getting twice as many days at starting right guard is worth paying attention to. Instead of just rotating every day between the guys, Gardner has now practiced twice in a row with the first team. Offseason favorite Matt Tobin hasn’t been with the first team in nine days. It’s good that Eric Rowe is getting some more work at nickel. I really think that could be the optimal situation, as it wouldn’t force Rowe to play too much in his first season, but he’d still have some difficult matchups over the season to work on. They really do like Nolan Carroll on the outside.
Mark Sanchez got a few reps with the first team, but that was it. It was probably just to mix it up. As for the inside linebackers, with four of them out due to injury, including the top three guys, it was expected that they’d have to mix it up. The interesting takeaway here is that they chose Brad Jones, who had also been practicing with the outside linebackers and has a better shot of playing there than on the inside. Earlier in camp when the starters were out, it was Jordan Hicks and Najee Goode starting inside, so as usual, they’re probably just cycling guys through. Still, interesting.
Who Stood Out Today?
Eh, it didn’t really seem like anyone had a sensational day or anything worth noting. Regardless, here are some tweets that highlight some of the good plays:
Eric Rowe outstanding in 1-on-1's. Pass breakup on 1st rep, great jam on 2nd rep, pick on 3rd rep.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 13, 2015
Bradford just tucked the ball and ran around the tackle. Moved well on the play.
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) August 13, 2015
Bradford with a laser to a well-covered Celek over the middle in a perfect spot.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 13, 2015
Maxwell blankets Agholor on back to back plays. Has been impressive all camp.
— Nick Fierro (@NickFierro) August 13, 2015
Sam Bradford had a very up-and-down day from what it sounds like. He had one series where he went 0/4, but had a couple other nice plays, as mentioned by the tweets above. And most importantly…HE RAN! As Jimmy Kempski quickly pointed out, it was one of the few times he’s done it all offseason, but at least he’s doing it at all. Also, it sounds like the cornerbacks are looking good. I’m excited to see what Rowe and Byron Maxwell can do.
With both Couplin and Wolff out today, the safety group was thin. Prosinski and Reynolds were the only backups there, although I didn’t hear a single thing about either of them. I saw one interesting thing from Billy Davis‘s press conference before practice:
Davis says Malcolm Jenkins and Walter Thurmond are his safeties. #Eagles
— Bob Grotz (@BobGrotz) August 13, 2015
I didn’t really see any other writers tweet this, but is he essentially saying they have the starting spots locked up? I know Walter Thurmond has been the clear front-runner, but it seems like this is the first time they are officially saying it. I’m not really surprised that nobody else has impressed much though. They don’t have the greatest depth at safety, even now.
News and Notes
Vinny Curry spent part of practice working as a stand-up edge rusher…Josh Andrews suffered what seemed to be a minor injury, but left practice early…Maxwell might trail a certain WR in games “if necessary.” He might also play some nickel if they need him there…Marcus Smith has apparently shown improvements, although I’d like to see it in the game on Sunday…Chip apparently rides his bike to work, and consistently plays both Drake and Meek Mill at practice…Day 12 of practice scheduled to start tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.
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