A Good Start

Posted: July 25th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on A Good Start

Eagles Training Camp got off to a good start before practice even began. A handful of players were dealing with injuries and considered to be serious candidates to be placed on the PUP list.

Darby and Brooks are not 100 percent, but this is good news. Players on the PUP list aren’t expected to be practicing in the next few days. That’s something you use when you think a player could be out an extra week or two. Or more.

Brooks took part in individual drills. He sat out team drills and will continue to do that until he’s healthier. It is still good to see him this functional after a severe injury last January.

The team had plenty of guys sitting out today’s practice so there are still issues to deal with, but only having Mills on the PUP list is a good thing.

As for Mills, this isn’t unexpected, but it isn’t good news. He’s been hurt for quite a while and the injury hasn’t followed any kind of normal timeline. Whether the previous medical staff screwed up or this is an injury that turned out to be more complicated than anyone thought, this isn’t a good situation. Mills isn’t the most athletic CB in the world. You don’t want him dealing with a bad foot.

Mills’ trainer is going to be optimistic so we have to be careful with how we take that info. I hope his trainer is right, but the way this injury has played out to this point, you almost have to say “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

All in all, the injury news from Thursday was good news.

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The Eagles had a 10-10-10 practice so that means a short session and less real action. The offense and defense give each other specific looks so this isn’t the units truly going after each other. Here are the notes from the beat writers.

Jimmy Kempski

Zach Berman

Brandon Lee Gowton

Jeff McLane

Mike Kaye

My big takeaways from their practice notes:

Carson Wentz looked good. He’s lean and mean, and threw the ball really well. Oh yeah, and he’s healthy. Such a difference from last summer.

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Miles Sanders hit the practice field and showed off his ability. I think he could prove to be an ideal fit in the Eagles offense. He might be the most talented RB the team has had in the Pederson era.

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The starting CBs were Avonte Maddox and Rasul Douglas. Interesting. In the Nickel, Maddox moved to the slot and Sidney Jones played outside. Interesting. Nothing is set in stone, obviously. And things will change when Ronald Darby fully returns to practice.

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With Brooks sitting out team drills, it was Big V at RG. Seems like the Eagles really want to see what Big V can do while playing on the inside.

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A few reporters talked to Doug Pederson about this being a “Super Bowl or bust” type of season. I don’t get that vibe. This roster is loaded and this team has been good the past two years, but SB or bust feels like a bit much.

There is so much change with teams these days that predictions like that seem odd. You have to wait and see how this particular set of players works together. Talent is huge, but never overlook the importance of chemistry.

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