Waking up today felt like waking up for Christmas morning as a young boy. Remember as a kid how much sweeter Christmas morning was when you got an amazing gift on Christmas eve? That is how this 2018 training camp season feels knowing the Eagles are reigning Super Bowl champions.
The Eagles hit the field for the first practice today that involved a new wrinkle in the slot CB conversation, struggles from a particular young offensive lineman, sex jokes from our fearless leader, and more!
The star-studded PUP list
The Eagles released their PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) and NFL (Non-Football Injury) lists that included a number of key starters from the 2017 title run who are unable to go at the start of camp. The lists included:
DE Brandon Graham (PUP)- Ankle Injury
WR Alshon Jeffery (PUP)- Shoulder Injury
DT Timmy Jernigan (NFI)- Back Injury
S Chris Maragos (PUP)- Knee Injury
WR Bryce Treggs (NFI)- Lower Body (Hockey reference nice)
This isn’t quite as loaded as the 2017 injured reserve squad but there are some notable names on this list. Brandon Graham was hoping to be ready for training camp but his regular season status shouldn’t be in jeopardy.
Like Graham, Jeffery being sidelined is a product of toughing out the title run last year while injured and addressing his shoulder injury this off-season. Don’t expect to see a lot of Jeffery until Week 1 against Atlanta.
Jernigan is the interesting case here. While he could be ready after a few weeks in the regular season, he could also miss at least a month with a herniated disc
Issac Seumalo the supposed apparent to Jason Kelce did not get off to a great start at center. Specifically with snaps. Countless times Seumalo snapped the ball over the head of his quarterback and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland was not pleased.
Isaac Seumalo (second team center) just snapped the ball way over Carson Wentz’s head. Jeff Stoutland not pleased. #Eagles
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) July 26, 2018
Dallas Goedert lines up on the outside
The 2018 second round selection was expected to be used in a number of formations on offense with his deep threat ability, big size, and rock solid hands.
At practice today Goedert was seen working as the lone receiver on one side of the ball in four receiver sets with the other three on the opposing side.
Letting Goedert work with some ISO ball is a dangerous idea for other defenses to worry about against the Eagles. The former South Dakota State standout led the NCAA FBS in deep receiving receptions and yards last year.
Sidney Jones worked as the first-team slot corner
It has been speculated all off-season who would replace Patrick Robinson as the new starting slot CB. Although the coaching staff has primarily talked up Jalen Mills for the spot, Sidney Jones has shown over the spring and summer he can play anywhere on the field including the slot where he was the first-team starter on defense.
Devante Bausby had another strong practice but it would be difficult for the Eagles to keep Darby, Mills, or Jones off the field.
If Jones has a strong summer it may instill confidence into Schwartz to put Mills inside in nickel formations.
Rasul Douglas picks off Nick Foles
We mentioned Jones getting first team looks, Mills is set for a starting job on the outside or inside, Darby looks like a clear starting CB, but quietly Rasul Douglas is impressing.
Douglas jumped a route today thrown from Nick Foles that would have been a pick-six in a real game. Douglas’s aggression can often be costly, but with his length and instincts for the ball, he might make it hard for the Eagles to keep him off the field.
Perhaps he plays well enough to push up an eventual Ronald Darby departure? Not likely but it is good to know that when the Eagles need to turn to Douglas as they did in 2017 that he will be a reliable starter.
Carson Wentz doesn’t look injured
Anyone with eyes can see Wentz looks completely healthy. His promising spring and first day of training camp makes the speculative report this week about him starting on the PUP list mind boggling.
Wentz practiced in limited fashion today with the second team, even getting reps in 11 on 11s (he only practiced 7 on 7s in OTAs).
Doug Pederson wants to be cautious with six weeks still to evaluate Wentz but he shouldn’t be cautious just for the sake of being cautious or scared to rush Wentz. That is the way the Sixers handled Embiid at times last year which was often the wrong move.
Healthy is healthy and unless he suffers a setback (knock on wood), it looks like Carson is going to start Week 1.
Carson Wentz made a sex joke
Who will be ready for Week 1?
The Eagles Super Bowl run in 2017 came at a cost. Brandon Graham has nursed an ankle injury all offseason, Alshon Jeffery played with a torn rotator cuff all season, and Carson Wentz tore his ACL trying to score a touchdown against another NFC powerhouse in the LA Rams.
With these key starters along with a few others getting close but still not ready to hit the field, who will be ready to go up against the Atlanta Falcons on the first Thursday of the NFL season?
Also on the show, why it is ok for Nick Foles to be the starter for week one.
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