Day 10 of Philadelphia Eagles 2022 training camp is in the books, and it was short, as the Birds only practiced for an hour. The next time the Eagles take the field in a competitive environment will be Friday in their first preseason game against the New York Jets.
• Nick Sirianni said before practice today that the starters will probably get a series or two in that game. He was also asked about the risk of playing the starting quarterback when the top two offensive tackles — Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard — have concussions. But, don’t worry. On the injury front, Mailata and Dillard both practiced today, and even participated in 11-on-11s. They will probably be good to go on Friday.
• Jalen Dolas had a really nice day, even if it was a short exercise. I thought his passes in the middle areas of the field had some nice zip on them, and he was mostly accurate. He had two consecutive really nice throws during 7-on-7s.
- He threw a deep ball down the right side to AJ Brown, and my apologies for sounding like a broken record here, but Brown didn’t inform the corner that the ball was arriving. At the last second, Brown turned his body and made the catch on his back shoulder, not allowing James Bradberry at any time to react and break up the pass. Bradberry had close coverage, but it didn’t matter because Brown is such a savvy contested receiver.
- On the next play, Hurts threw more of a long dart (line of scrimmage was around the 20 yard line) to Zach Pascal in the back of the end zone on the left side of the field. Hurts set it high, and let Pascal go up and take it. I’m tempted to say that was his most encouraging pitch of camp because (a) it came out on time, (b) he had great placement, (c) it had good velocity, and (d) it was to the left side of the field where he didn’t seem comfortable pitching early in his career.
• Speaking of Pascal, he missed a big chunk of camp early on with an illness, but he’s really picked it up the last couple of days. He was especially active today, making catches all over the field. Pascal has 44 career carries, he has good size at 6’2, 219, and he has some inside/outside versatility. I like his fit as a No. 4 receiver willing to do some grunt work as a blocker, but who can also actually make catches and be productive on the few opportunities he’ll get each game. He will be a big upgrade over a guy like JJ Arcega-Whitesideand I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s on the field for even 500 or so snaps this season.
• Last year, Jalen Reagor made a couple of highlight reel catches, and I think some people’s perception was that he had a good camp. Not so, in my opinion. He disappeared for long stretches, and had his share of miscues. The consistency just wasn’t there. There haven’t been any highlight reel catches yet this year, but he’s quietly made the plays he has should to do, which in my opinion is progress. I don’t foresee any kind of 3rd breakout after a couple of miserable seasons like, say, Nelson Agholor had in 2017. But if Reagor isn’t traded between now and the start of the regular season, he’ll be on this list and he might be asked to contribute at some point. If so, low bar here, but I think he’ll be better prepared to make better use of his playing time than he was in 2020 and 2021.
• I meant to mention this yesterday, but I didn’t see it Britain Covey even comes close to suffocating a punt or kick through camp. On Tuesday, the returners launched kicks with the sun in their eyes, and it seemed that all of them struggled with it at least a little, except for Covey.
• At the beginning of training camp, I identified 22 players I thought were on the bubble. My ranking of the players most likely to win a roster spot among that group:
- DT Marlon Tuipulotu
- SAM Patrick Johnson
- QB Reid Sinnett
- WR Britain Covey
- OL Jack Anderson
• One player who has really come on late is a second-year defensive end Tarron Jackson. His take off at the snap looks good, and he’s done a really nice job of pressuring the quarterback over the last three or four practices. Today, he had a bag of Gardner Minshew, and then almost got him again on the next play. Jackson got significant snaps down the stretch last season, and Brandon Graham talks him up any chance he gets. He could potentially make a jump as a rotation player and be more effective than Ryan Kerrigan it was last season.
• jordan davis is a smart, thoughtful person, and thought this was a great quote from him today:
Jordan Davis on the reaction to the viral clip of him bullfighting Cam Jurgens:
“I hate it.”
Said it’s just one rep and isn’t fair to Jurgens, who beat him in other 1v1 fights.
– Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 10, 2022
It wasn’t really even that bad rep from Jurgens, and Davis had much better reps than that during camp, but I digress.
If he ends up being a good player on the field, Davis also has a chance to end up being a core leader off it for the next decade. The Eagles need young guys like that, because guys like it Jason Kelce and Brandon Graham won’t play forever.
• During training camp, I’ll have occasional one-on-one interviews with Eagles beat writers/other media while the players stretch and do other boring stuff. It was a pleasure to talk Mike Quick today Oh, and here is the iTunes link. Review, subscribe, etc.
Within those beat writer interviews, I ask each writer four different questions:
- What will the Eagles’ record be in 2022?
- Will they make the playoffs?
- Will they win any playoff games, if so?
- Will Jalen Hurts be the starting quarterback in 2023?
The predictions so far:
|A writer||Record||Finals||Finals wins?||Does it hurt in 2023?|
|7/27: Eliot Shorr-Parks, WIP||10-7||Yes||No one||Yes|
|7/29: Jeff McLane, Investigator||10-7||Yes||No one||No|
|7/30: Bo Wulf, The Athletics||11-6||Yes||One win, over the Vikings||Yes|
|8/2: Les Bowen, NJ.com||11-6||Yes||One win, over the 49ers||Undecided|
|8/4: Fran Duffy, Eagles||17-0||Yes||Yes, unspecified||Yes|
|8/9: Reuben Frank, NBC Affiliate||12-5||Yes||One win, over the 49ers||Yes|
|8/10: Mike Quick, Eagles||11-6||Yes||Refused to answer||Yes|
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