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
It was Avonte Maddox Mania around Eagles Nation after the 30-23 upset victory in LA. The rookie was a main reason the Eagles season is still alive. Who else is trending upward after LA? Who’s stock took a hit?
Louie dives into how the Eagles can do damage in a surprisingly underwhelming NFC conference, where Maddox will lineup in the secondary next year, and brings you our weekly “Stock Up, Stock Down” segment on the Locked on Eagles podcast!
From dog masks to ski masks
With the season on the line, on the road, against one of the best teams in the NFL, Nick Foles and the Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive with a 30-23 victory against the Rams.
How was Jim Schwartz able to hold one of the top offenses in the league to 23 points?
How does Nick Foles keep pulling off the impossible?
Will he be the guy the rest of the reason including perhaps playoffs?
Louie and Gino break down the memorable victory over the Rams.
No easy way out
By Lars Lewis
The term ‘No Easy Way Out’ refers to a song by Robert Tepper from a famous movie involving a couple key factors that relate to what was witnessed Sunday night in Los Angeles.
One factor, a fighter from Philadelphia whose back is against the wall and senses the walls closing in as he encounters the other factor, a cyborg-like monster who has wiped out essentially any sort of defense that’s faced him.
Yes, there was a lot of Rocky IV in this game and I’ll explain why.
It seemed the Eagles, who had once again called upon their Rocky Balboa in Nick Foles, longed for one more puncher’s chance against a foe that could certainly put away their faint playoff hopes for good.
We’re not indestructible,
Baby better get that straight
I think it’s unbelievable
How you give into the hands of fate
So you figured out the first piece of the puzzle, but what about that certain monster who loomed so large over Rocky physically but also mentally?
Yeah, that was Ivan Drago, and Sean McVay fits him to a tee.
I mean think about it. Blonde, spiky hair, blue eyes, chiseled face, and a borderline unfair amount of gifts both possess(ed). Drago’s superhuman power and technique coincides with McVay’s absurd memory that teeters between scary and let’s face it, rather annoying.
Doug Pederson, following the highest of highs last season when he beat Lord Palpa…err I mean Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl, has never faced the kind of scrutiny the way he’s had this year and especially leading into the game Sunday.
I see all the angry faces
Afraid that could be you and me
Talkin about what might have been
I’m thinkin about what I used to be
When it got to game time in the L.A. Coliseum, just like Rocky when he walked to the ring in Moscow, the Eagles knew they were fueled by a burning desire set ablaze through a heartbreaking defeat in Dallas coinciding with Rocky’s loss of Apollo in the film.
Foles throughout the first three quarters resembled the Foles we all saw on that fateful February night, hitting Alshon Jeffrey for big gains, moving it up and down the field and consistently getting into the red-zone to allow his trio of running backs to do their damage.
“You see he’s not a machine! He’s a man!” Tony “Duke” Evers
The Rams as the Chicago Bears proved last week, are indeed human and Foles, along with a sterling performance from Jim Schwartz’ defense for most of the night, has assured Rocko one more round as they play Houston and then close the season in D.C for maybe, just maybe, a second shot at the title.
There’s no easy way out there’s no shortcut home