Eagles training camp 2022, Day 8: Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown put on a show at the Linc – NBC Sports

Eagles training camp 2022, Day 8: Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown put on a show at the Linc - NBC Sports

It was Jalen Hurts’ 24th birthday on Sunday and he spent it at the Linc with nearly 30,000 of his best friends.

That was a fun night.

Despite a warm evening, the Eagles nearly filled the lower bowl of Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night for their only public training camp practice. The Eagles have a walk-through on Monday and will be back at practice on Tuesday.

To the observations:

1. Even the public practice will not move management. Structure matters:

• You know it’s getting deeper into training camp when the injury report continues to grow. The Eagles were already without Jordan Mailata (concussion) and Andre Dillard (concussion) and now they’ve added Le’Raven Clark (hamstring) to the roster. That means they were down to their fourth left tackle (Kayode Awosika) on Sunday night. More on that in a moment. But the Eagles also brought back tackle Jarrid Williams for obvious reasons. The UDFA was with them not long ago. The roster is full at 91.

• Javon Hargrave also joined the injury report with a groin injury. The other players who did not practice Sunday: Grant Calcaterra (groin), DeVonta Smith (groin), Jimmy Moreland (ankle), Boston Scott (concussion), Jaquiski Tartt (personal reasons), Kary Vincent (groin), Greg Ward (toe ).

• During practice, it looked like JJ Arcega-Whitside suffered an arm / shoulder injury. It came not long after an impressive diving catch. Something to check.

2. The highlight of Sunday night’s practice was a deep ball from Hurts to AJ Brown. Hurts dropped it in the bucket despite tight coverage by James Bradberry for a 30-yard touchdown. Hurts hit Brown during training camp and that didn’t change under the lights at the Linc.

3. Hurts also showed off his legs on Sunday night. That part of his game is not always presented in the practical setting but it was in this session. On one particular drive, Hurts had four runs, including one that left Brandon Graham grasping in midair.

It was eerily reminiscent of the big juke run against the Saints last season. This is the second such run I can remember from Hurts this summer.

4. The Eagles were down to their fourth left tackle on Sunday and it showed. Josh Sweat ate Awosika early in practice. That had the potential to completely derail the offense. Later, Sweat was taken off the field in favor of Derek Barnett. That may have been out of pity.

5. Speedy running back Jason Huntley is starting to rack up good days. Without Scott (concussion) Huntley is getting more reps and making the most of them. He smashed a run of 50+ down the left side. Huntley has impressed me with his toughness the last two days, looking for contact, but what always stands out about him is that burst. That appeared to the Linc.

6. TJ Edwards makes a big play in every practice. In the last period of that practice, he almost had a diving interception on a Hurts pass in the middle of the field. If he could secure it, that pick would be the play of the day. However, diving PBU earns a mention.

7. Tight end Noah Togiai (a favorite of the Eagle Eye podcast) had some notable catches on Sunday from Gardner Minshew and Reid Sinnett. Without Calcaterra and now possibly without JJAW, Togiai can show his ability. He is still a long way from making the roster, but could remain on the practice squad.

8. Another long shot to make the team is Deon Cain. But the receiver, who wears No. 85, has caught a ton of passes during this camp. Again, there probably isn’t room for him on the roster, but he’s making a strong push.

9. Tarron Jackson had some flash games on Sunday. The second-year defensive end got some first-team reps as the defense rotated and made them count. He should be the fourth DE on the roster.

10. During the middle of practice, Sinnett ended up taking second-team reps for one period. Minshew did not appear hurt and took second-team reps later in the night, but Sinnett got his first second-team reps of the summer. Sinnett is clearly ahead of rookie Carson Strong for the third QB spot.

Silly Observation of the Night: During the early part of practice, Hurts and Brown each threw a football into the stands to fans. So two lucky Eagles fans walked out of the Linc with a pretty cool piece of memorabilia.

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