Eagles 2022 training camp, Day 16: Eagles end camp by themselves – NBC Sports

Eagles 2022 training camp, Day 16: Eagles end camp by themselves - NBC Sports

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Eagles were back on the field at the Baptist Health Training Complex … but they weren’t joined by the Dolphins.

The Dolphins had to cancel the second of two joint practices “out of an abundance of caution” against the Eagles due to a stomach bug that ran through their team. So the Eagles used the facility on their own Thursday.

“We have no symptoms on our end,” Nick Sirianni said. “So that’s why we’re here practicing today.”

This practice only lasted about an hour in the hot South Florida sun. But without the Dolphins in attendance, at least the Eagles could stretch out on their fancy, air-conditioned indoor field.

The Eagles worked hard in the red zone on Thursday, but they needed to produce the intensity that would have come naturally against the Dolphins on Day 2.

“Our guys know how to practice and they know how to come out here and compete,” Sirianni said. “We’ll talk before practice starts: Hey, this is a high intensity practice, a lot of work with those. We will get more work with those here today and look for it.”

This was technically the last training camp practice of 2022. Thanks for reading every day.

To the observations:

1. As always, housekeeping:

• Derek Barnett (ribs) and Andre Chachere (groin) were added to the injury report.

• Landon Dickerson and AJ Brown missed practice with rest days, according to the Eagles.

• Did not practice: Derek Barnett (ribs), Shaun Bradley (illness), Brown (rest), Andre Chachere (groin), Dickerson (rest), Christian Ellis (hamstring), Javon Hargrave (toe), Josh Jobe (elbow), Jason Kelce (elbow), Miles Sanders (hamstring), Josiah Scott (hamstring), Greg Ward (toe)

• Jack Anderson (ribs) returned to practice today.

2. Jalen Hurts went a long time without throwing an interception in practice, but that streak ended Thursday when he threw a pair in 11-on-11s. The first went straight to Darius Slay; looked like a miscommunication with one of his receivers.

The second was a slightly underhanded fade in the back of the end zone to DeVonta Smith. Give credit to Avonte Maddox who made an impressive leaping interception.

Overall, every move Hurts made this summer was scrutinized closely and that lead to a lot of sweeping statements. He had his ups and downs. Sirianni said Hurts had his best practice in the last two years against the Dolphins on Day 1. I didn’t see that. But Sirianni’s point was that Hurts went through his reads and made the plays he was supposed to. Hurts didn’t really get to push the ball down the field on Day 1, which makes it hard for me to accept that it was his best practice ever under Sirianni. But I think the coach was just pointing out that sometimes their measure of a successful practice is a little different.

On Thursday, Hurts had some nice passes in the red zone. We’ll get to some of those later.

3. Gardner Minshew threw a pick Thursday that didn’t appear to be his fault. He lasered in a pass to Richard Rodgers about 10 yards downfield, but it deflected back toward the line of scrimmage. That’s where defensive end Tarron Jackson picked it. Good reaction from Jackson.

4. With Brown getting a rest day, Zach Pascal worked with the first-team offense and caught a touchdown pass inside the near right pylon; Hurts sneaked it. Pascal had a great training camp after coming back from food poisoning and is earning playing time. Before Pascal’s return and while Smith was still out, the Eagles used Jalen Reagor with the first team. But since then there was much more Pascal in those situations.

5. Undrafted safety Reed Blankenship worked with the second team on Thursday and had a nice pass breakup on a pass from Minshew that probably would have been a touchdown to Deon Cain. There may not be a roster spot for Blankenship, but he’s at least worthy of a practice squad spot.

With a roster open later trade away Ugo Amadi on Wednesday, the Eagles filled it by re-signing UDFA corner Josh Blackwell. The Duke corner was released on Tuesday. Blackwell came back with a PBU that was almost an interception during 11-on-11s.

6. Boston Scott has looked explosive getting a ton of first-team reps while Sanders is gone. He broke through a huge hole opened up on the left side by Jordan Mailata and Sua Opeta, who replaced Dickerson at left guard.

Meanwhile, Minshew found Kenny Gainwell for a touchdown after the sophomore running back leaked out of the backfield and ended up wide open in the end zone when the defense looked lost in coverage. That one really excited Minshew; he pumped his fist in victory.

7. Before entering team drills, the Eagles had a brief 7-on-7 period. It started off with Anthony Harris PBU on a pass to Dallas Goedert. But then Hurts came back and delivered a touchdown to Goedert in front of Slay.

On the next play, Slay knocked down a pass to Smith. But then Smith had an impressive back-shoulder touchdown catch against Zech McPhearson.

8. We saw a rare drop from Smith. It went through his hands during a team drill. He fell and did pushups as penance.

9. The Eagles used a shovel pass to Goedert near the goal line. I guess someone found Andy Reid’s old playbook lying around the NovaCare Complex last week.

10. We saw some big runs from Hurts on Thursday. On one in particular, Josh Sweat dropped into coverage, leaving a huge hole. Hurts took advantage and ran for what probably would have been a touchdown on the play. In the few years we’ve seen Hurts in these practices, he’s had a hard time knowing how to judge these plays because there’s no tackling. I guess in a game, it’s a spectacular touchdown. Immediately after that “touchdown” the Eagles ran a 2-point conversion. It was close but I think they ruled the Hurts keeper short; credit for running thing to big ol’ Jordan Davis.

Silly Observation of the Day: The Miami heat is no joke, but it’s a nice touch that the Dolphins have a row of palm trees surrounding their practice facility.

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