Eagles training camp 2022, day 14: some dominant performances

BEREA, Ohio — These last two joint practices against the Browns are why Nick Sirianni believes in them so much.

The Eagles and Browns were pretty even on Thursday, but the Eagles were clearly better on Friday when the practice session went into the red zone.

While the Eagles stay in Cleveland for their preseason game on Sunday, don’t expect to see the starters playing in that one. Still, there will be plenty of youngsters ready for all those snaps.

Let’s go to the observations of the 14th:

1. As always, cleaning:

• Didn’t practice Friday: James Bradberry (groin), Miles Sanders (hamstring), Javon Hargrave (toe), Jason Kelce (elbow), Greg Ward (toe), Christian Elliss (hamstring). ).

• While head coach Nick Sirianni avoids any talk of the schedule, the Eagles reportedly expect Sanders and Hargrave to return for Week 1. Just precautions. Bradberry, meanwhile, is in the day-to-day.

• Limited: Grant Calcaterra (hamstring) returned to practice for the first time since July 30. Sirianni admitted that Calcaterra is obviously behind, but it was good to see the rookie tight end return to the field.

two. AJ Brown had the catch of the day during the first 11-on-11. As the Eagles worked in the red zone, Jalen Hurts threw a pass to Brown, who got past Browns cornerback Greedy Williams and took the ball from him when Williams went thrown to the ground. When Brown stepped over Williams, he stared at him. Absolute posterization.

Not to be outdone, Dallas Goedert won a 50-50 fumble over safety D’Anthony Bell in the end zone just minutes later.

Brown and Goedert have been the most reliable targets for Hurts this summer and it’s important to note how much Hurts seems to trust them, especially with these jumpers. A big criticism of Hurts is that he will only throw to wide receivers. But if you have confidence in these guys in practice, maybe you’ll be willing to trust them in games, too.

3. Aside from that play when Goedert Moss made a safety, he had an impressive one-handed grab on a perfectly executed screen pass. On that play, it was fun to see rookie Cam Jurgens take the lead. The Nebraska rookie blocked about 15 yards downfield.

Four. Browns defensive end Myles Garrett returned to practice Friday after missing several days due to a personal matter. While Garrett did not participate in team drills, he did appear twice in 1-on-1s against Jordan Mailata. In the first, Garrett had an impressive run to push Mailata deep into the pocket. Mailata said that one was a victory.

That was supposed to be all they were going to do, but Mailata asked Garrett to go one more time. On the second replay, Garrett attempted a sprint around the rim and Mailata used his strength and quickness to widen Garrett’s path away from the quarterback. That was a Mailata win, so they finished 1-1. It was a great job.

Also, during a team drill, Mailata had a great block to propel Boston Scott into a run through the stomach. OL coach Jeff Stoutland started yelling, saying the play would be on his teaching tape.

5. Even without Hargrave, the Eagles’ defensive line was a killer team Friday against a pretty good offensive line. At the end of practice, Haason Reddick was attacking Browns tackle James Hudson III. After a summer dealing with Lane Johnson, it’s fun to see Reddick unleashed against other tackles.

Another guy who had a great run in the team competition at the end was rookie Kyron Johnson. Johnson hasn’t shone much in his rookie training camp, but he caught Deshaun Watson (working with the second team) and pressured him out of the pocket in another.

The other three players who really impressed down the line were Josh Sweat, Jordan Davis and Tarron Jackson. Sweat had a couple of “sacks” on Friday. Davis, simply put, is an internal problem. He showed it in the 1-on-1. And Jackson is a completely different player in Year 2. He was watching the Eagles offense on Friday, but every time he looked downfield at his defense, Jackson was in the backfield.

6. Tough finish to this practice for sophomore running back Kenny Gainwell, who has had some trouble recently. The relatively confident Gainwell had another drop. This one arrived in the middle of the field in the red zone. It just can’t happen. Then, right after, Sirianni was loudly yelling at Gainwell for messing up his homework.

7. The Eagles used a lot of read options in this practice and it’s fun to see how comfortable Hurts is with these plays. He sometimes takes the ball out or hands it over at the last possible moment.

A note on these plays: While Johnson pretty much handled Jadeveon Clowney in pass protection, Clowney was screwing up the running plays. He has such a long first step that he was in the backfield so fast. This led to Sirianni jokingly asking Clowney to stop ruining his works.

8. Reid Sinnett got some reps from the second team on Friday, but didn’t make the most of them. He missed a wide-open Britain Covey and the offense seemed a bit disjointed with him there. But don’t worry about Sinnett losing that No. 3 spot. Carson Strong finally got some reps and he didn’t look good. On one play, he flashed his arm cannon, but fired a bullet at no one in particular that hit a large bag in the back of the end zone. It’s been a tough camp for the rookie from Nevada.

9. The Eagles’ back end made a lot of plays on Friday. Kyzir White had an interception and hit himself when he dropped another. He is an excellent coverage linebacker. And then Marcus Epps and Darius Slay had big pass breakups in the most competitive period of practice. Epps had a dive PBU on a pass intended for tight end Harrison Bryant. And then a few plays later, Slay hit a ball intended for Amari Cooper. On that play Cooper was wide open but Jacoby Brissett’s pass was late and Slay closed super fast.

10 Scary moment for Calcaterra in his first practice back from a hamstring injury:

Stupid observation of the day: From the Browns’ practice in Berea, Ohio, the Eagles used the FirstEnergy Stadium locker room to get dressed before practice. They then took buses from downtown Cleveland to the Browns’ practice facility, about 25 minutes away. By the time the Eagles arrived, they had to use the bathroom. So every day there were about 20 NFL players lining up to get into one of those portable urinals before practice. It seemed like Sirianni took his class on a field trip.

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