Today marked the fourteenth philadelphia eagles training camp practice ahead of the 2022 NFL season. It was the second of two joint sessions for the Birds against the cleveland browns. This is what I saw at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus in Berea, Ohio. NOTE: BGN Radio’s practice recap podcast will be embedded immediately below once it is posted.
• The Eagles and Browns worked in the red zone today. Once again, my point of view was from the sideline where I was closest to the field where the Eagles offense was working against the Browns defense. The Eagles defense was in the far field. That is, until the two teams began playing on a field toward the end of practice. So I was close to that action.
• JALEN DAMAGES STOCK REPORT: The script was reversed a bit for Hurts in this practice. Meanwhile he started strong and cooled down a bit on ThursdayIt was cold to start on Friday before warming up.
The bad: Hurts threw a nasty low shot pass to Zach Pascal in the end zone during the 1v1. Pascal was targeted low at 7v7, but the ball, which had a chance to be tapped, broke. Hurts held the ball too long on a replay in which he somehow missed an AJ Brown cross running wide in front of him to the left side of the field. That replay ended with Brown and Britain Covey on the left side of the field with only one Browns defender near them. Hurts had a couple of passes that were thrown considerably behind their intended targets. After one of them, Hurts clapped his hands in frustration, and Nick Sirianni came over to talk to him. Hurts sent a pass to Dallas Goedert in the center of the end zone. He also sent a pass to Brown in the end zone on an 11-on-11 replay that started at the 10-yard line. Hurts took a sack after holding the ball as it rolled to the left on another replay from the 10.
The good: Hurts’ first red zone touchdown throw was a shoulder connection to Quez Watkins. He then floated a ball to Brown on a fading route where the receiver closed in on Moss Greedy Williams to score. Brown, who said he’s not a trash talker, definitely started criticizing Williams after he made that touchdown. Hurts completed another pass to Brown in traffic down the middle. Hurts had a good connection with Goedert, who had a big boy catch with his hands outstretched above his head to score. Hurts raved about that play and celebrated by high-fiveing his best tight end after that replay. Hurts then threw an accurate pass to Brown in the front right corner of the end zone, as the receiver was able to keep two feet inside before coming out.
the mixed: Hurts led the Eagles to a touchdown on their red zone driving series against the Browns’ starting defense. His first pass was a good shot to Goedert in the middle. He then caught two passes at the line of scrimmage before throwing a ball to Goedert in the end zone. The Eagles looked for a two-point conversion as they were down eight points in this scenario, but couldn’t get it with Hurts taking a sack. Lane Johnson allowed the pressure as he was defeated by Isaac Rochell.
I was between stock and stock before I looked at my notes again. After review I don’t think it’s unfair to say it was a mixed day. If you consider the end-of-practice scenario more than the 1v1 and 7v7 action, there’s a strong case for stocking up. But then the opposite of yesterday could be said. In general, Hurts encouraged me more on Thursday than on Friday. However, closer to the top than to the bottom.
• JALEN HURTS STOCK TRACKER OVERVIEW
Day 1: stock included
Day 2: stock down
Day 3: stock down
Day 4: stock included
Day 5: Supply
Day 6: stock down
Day 7: stock included
Day 8: Supply
Day 9: stock included
Day 10: Supply
Day 11: stock down
Day 12: Supply
Day 13: Supply
Day 14: stock included
• EAGLES INJURY NEWS
I DO NOT PARTICIPATE: James Bradberry (groin), Christian Ellis (hamstring), Javon Hargrave (toe), Jason Kelce (elbow), Miles Sanders (hamstring), Greg Ward (toe)
Sanders has now missed four practices in a row. Nick Sirianni said the Eagles are “playing it safe with him.”
Bradberry missed his second full practice.
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: Grant Calcaterra (hamstring)
It’s good to see Calcaterra back in action. He was limited to positional drills while he comes back up, but maybe he’ll play on Sunday? If not, we might see him practice more next week.
Calcaterra seemed to be doing well despite suffering a scare in this practice. The rookie tight end made a nice one-handed grab during red zone routes in the air (no defense) that got him out of the back corner of the end zone. As he began to slow out of the limits, he slipped and fell onto the pavement/nearby fence. It may have looked worse than he ended up being since he didn’t have to leave right after.
• The Eagles’ starting offense scored on the Browns’ starting defense. The Browns’ starting offense (particularly with Jacoby Brissett in place of Deshaun Watson) didn’t come close to scoring on the Eagles’ starting defense. The Browns’ offense was brought down by a combination of penalties and good plays by the Birds. Darius Slay fumbled the ball to Amari Cooper shortly after the pass hit his hands along the right sideline. Haason Reddick clearly slipped past right tackle Jack Conklin to “catch” Brissett … but Brissett threw anyway and the pass was knocked down by Marcus Epps.
• I saw Josh Sweat fire Deshaun Watson at least twice on Friday afternoon. Sweat also had a jacket on Thursday, so it looks good.
• Kyzir White continues to have a strong summer. He recorded an interception during the 1v1 and almost picked Brissett during an 11v11 drive in the red zone from the 10-yard line. White had a knack for making plays with the ball.
• Nakobe Dean made a play in practice! The rookie linebacker knocked down a Watson pass in the end zone to prevent a Browns touchdown.
• The Eagles should be thankful that the dallas cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Browns for little return. Cooper still looks pretty good to me; he definitely put in some good reps against the Philly secondary. I saw him score at least one touchdown in 7v7 today.
• Kenneth Gainwell was reprimanded by Sirianni on the play that capped the Eagles’ drive into the red zone with Hurts’ touchdown to Goedert. I’m not exactly sure what happened, but Sirianni was yelling at him and pulled Gainwell out of the drill. Shane Steichen didn’t seem too pleased either. Gainwell’s summer stock slide continues.
• The first-team kickoff coverage unit included the following players: Josh Jobe, Shaun Bradley, Davion Taylor, Marcus Epps, Josiah Scott, Andre Chachere, K’Von Wallace, Patrick Johnson and Nakobe Dean. (Plus one more guy I couldn’t determine.) That’s probably not a bad sign for these players’ chances on the roster.
• Jalen Reagor quietly had a good day. Nothing too flashy, but he did catch a touchdown on a cross route on a Gardner Minshew throw. Reagor also had another grab in traffic up the middle against the Browns’ second-team defense. Trade for him, Cleveland!
• Reid Sinnett had Covey open on an exit route and threw a wobbly ball that came up short.
• Covey dropped a try over his shoulder but then redeemed himself on a similar play. I’d say Covey belongs more to the practice squad than the roster. Of course, he could increase his value with some good kick/punt returns in the Eagles’ last two preseason games.
• Jack Stoll threw a catch before racing into the end zone. Eagles tight ends coach Jason Michael was NOT happy to see him fail to catch that clean. Also, apparently, Stoll may have walked out before coming in for the score.
• I’m not sure there’s room for Deon Cain on the roster, but the 26-year-old receiver continues to make good receptions.
• Kennedy Brooks had a good catch on an angled route in 1v1. But he dropped a couple of passes in team drills.
• I enjoyed my dinner at Melt Thursday night. Had to go after several people recommended it and saw the interesting grilled cheese offerings on the menu. I chose half “The Dude Abides” and half “Wet Hot Buffalo Chicken.” Very good.
• Overall, I thought experiencing Ohio for the first time was eminently good. Nothing too good, no big complaints. It’s okay.
UNTIL NEXT TIME: The Eagles have a tour closed to media access on Saturday before playing a preseason game against the Browns on Sunday beginning at 1:00 pm ET. They will then be off on Monday before traveling to Florida on Tuesday to practice against the miami dolphins on Wednesdays and Thursdays.