Today marked the seventh 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 episode to be posted here once it’s live.
• JALEN HURTS STOCK REPORT
It was an eventful day for Hurts.
The Good: Despite good coverage from Darius Slay, Hurts threw a really nice zip pass and tagged to AJ Brown for a possible touchdown if the receiver hadn’t let him down. UPDATE: As I was writing this article, Brown tweeted (then deleted) that Slay had broken the pass. (So if he’s right, then maybe it’s not the best throw if Slay could get his hands on it?)
Later, Hurts was able to hit Brown in stride on a deeper oblique route. Showing more accuracy throwing down the middle, Hurts perfectly placed a ball to Dallas Goedert in the seam for a big win. Hurts led an 11-on-11 run into the red zone against the starting defense where the offense hit him for the score. Hurts didn’t do anything too flashy during this stretch. He had a nice QB power run, but otherwise he just checked and took what the defense gave him. The combination of error-free football and a solid running game allowed the Eagles to score with relative ease. It’s sequences like this that are perhaps underrated (including by myself) because, again, it’s not like he flashes super impressively. But not all starting quarterbacks perform as effectively, so let’s give credit where it’s due.
The Bad: Outside of his good pass to Brown that was dropped, Hurts and the offense struggled against the starting defense. His best plays mostly came when starters were facing saves. Hurts’ first pass of the day was aimed at Brown on an exit route, but instead veered right and out of bounds. Hurts drifted left on a rep where he could have checked an open Miles Sanders but was likely sacked instead … or at most gained two yards before going out of bounds. Hurts definitely got sacked on another rep where he rolled a left … but still threw … and the ball went out of bounds. One of Hurts’ incompletenesses was a batted ball at the line of scrimmage. Its small size is usually not a problem in this regard, but it can be a problem from time to time. There was a 7-on-7 rep where Hurts knocked down Quez Watkins and was picked Darius Slay, who had really good coverage on that road. There was another 7-on-7 rep where Hurts started running, which is at least the fourth time he’s done it at camp. Again, it’s hard to see the point of a QB running so much in such a pass-friendly exercise.
Zooming out as we’re halfway through Eagles training camp (seven out of 14 total practices, including those in Miami and Cleveland), there’s no sign that Hurts is a player. significantly different from last year. That’s not to say it was horrible by any means; there are areas where he has made positive progress. We talked about his progress when it comes to throwing over the middle and getting the ball out faster on certain plays. But there are always problems with accuracy and holding the ball for too long. No one can deny that it’s been a solid camp for the offense as a whole, which certainly doesn’t reflect well on the starting quarterback.
• 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
• HOT FANTASTIC SOCCER POINT
Feel free to grab a Hurts-Brown stack for your team. No. 1 love throwing at No. 11. If training camp is any indication, Brown will easily lead the Eagles in targets this season.
• EAGLES INJURY REPORT
DID NOT PRACTICE
Boston Scott (concussion), DeVonta Smith (groin), Jordan Mailata (concussion), Andre Dillard (concussion), Greg Ward (toe), Grant Calcaterra (hamstring).
BoSco is a new addition here. He took a big hit from Marcus Epps in training on Thursday.
Although they didn’t practice, Mailata and Dillard were both on the pitch today. Good sign for their recovery progress. Should be back soon.
McCain was upgraded to limited after missing several practices.
Depth cornerbacks Kary Vincent Jr. and Jimmy Moreland both left practice early and did not return.
MOVING THE LIST
The Eagles added tight end Jaeden Graham to the injured reserve list, giving them a free spot to work with.
• Spoiler alert for today’s news BGN-Radio episode: Kyzir White is my MVP for the day. The veteran linebacker sniffed a screen at Miles Sanders and was in a position to absolutely throw the wood at him if the Eagles tackled the ground. White also jumped past a throw from Hurts to Goedert for a pass breakup/close pick. White’s speed is impressive and it allows him to make quick plays.
• AJ Brown looked like a man among the boys when he cocked Kary Vincent Jr. in the helmet after landing a midfield catch. I just play with the DB.
• Interesting development: Britain Covey sees the receivers’ representatives dropped from the first team. This after Covey had his best day of camp on Thursday. Covey had some solid moments today, including one where he was blasted by K’Von Wallace along the sideline after making a catch. On a bad note, Covey dropped a possible touchdown on the last rep in practice (during the development period). Can Covey crack the list as WR5 or WR6 and the best punt returner? The pre-season games will be important in determining his future.
• My guy Jason Huntley had a day. Despite being the lightest running back on the team at 193 pounds, he carried a defender into the open field on a run through the middle. Huntley also had a good run to the left sideline where he hit Josh Jobe with a stiff adult arm. It was this run that fired up a number of his attacking teammates. “Yeah Hunt! » That the record shows that Huntley has juice.
• Jalen Reagor came close to making a rather impressive grab as he returned to the ball along the left touchline, but he couldn’t keep the ball on the ground. Credit Jobe for his tight coverage on Reagor and maybe knocking the ball out.
• Jobe had a PBU on a shot by Gardner Minshew in the middle. It was Jobe’s best and most remarkable day. Comes at the right time for him with the injury of his competitors (McCain, KVR, Moreland).
• There was a representative where Miles Sanders had a really bad fumble or there was a botched transfer from Hurts. Either way, a sloppy look for the offense.
• Derek Barnett had a quietly good camp. And, to my memory, he was only penalized once
• Milton Williams made a nice “tackle” on a screen pass to Gainwell.
• This is perhaps Reid Sinnett’s worst practice. He forced a ball into coverage which was knocked down and nearly recovered by Jared Mayden. Then he threw straight to JaCoby Stevens for a 7-on-7 interception.
• Andre Chachere intercepted a pass from Minshew to Deon Cain at the break. No way Wallace is ahead of Chachere on the depth chart.
• Carson Strong telegraphed a center shot to Noah Togiai which was easily knocked down by a defender. He followed that up, however, with an accurate bullet to Keric Wheatfall on an out route. Nice to see some positive play from the rookie QB.
• Since I was concentrating on the 7v7 while OL v DL unfolded, allow me to outsource my trench notes for this point. Good observations here from EJ Smith of the Inquirer:
Lots of head-to-head OL/DL action, a few takeaways:
-Not long after I wrote that Cam Jurgens’ anchor is amazing, Jordan Davis’ bull rushed him straight into the QB.
-Sua Opeta with two wins over Javon Hargrave. Opeta has a good camp. #Eagles
—EJ Smith (@EJSmith94) August 6, 2022
I will add here that I saw UDFA offensive lineman Josh Sills have good rep at left tackle while taking on Tarron Jackson. TJack had some nice rushing moments in camp, so Jackson’s rock wall was a quality win for Sills.
• Today in Jimmy Kempski’s daily training camp interview series for BGN Radio: No one. Jimmy forgot to recharge his gear. Boo him on Twitter for me: @JimmyKempski.
NEXT: The Eagles are hosting their first and only practice open to the public at Lincoln Financial Field beginning at 7:00 p.m. Sunday night. [Click here for ticket information.] Then they will have a closed-to-media walkthrough on Monday.