Sunday starts the last training week of the training camp. The Eagles will begin their regular season after Thursday's preseason game against the New England Patriots. The day after public training at Lincoln Financial Field, the crowd was not as big as the 35,000 who cheered the Eagles, but the action on the field was just as spirited. The Eagles trained for two hours under the best conditions in the entire training camp – cool temperatures early in practice with the cloud cover.
From the point of view of the Deep Charter, the rookie Avonte Maddox has won the first defense team as a napping cornerback. Sidney Jones was a full-fledged participant after being restricted on Saturday with an ankle injury in preseason on Thursday, but he worked with the second-team defense. When the linebacker weakness Kamu Grugier-Hill has gotten the work with the first team over Nathan Gerry.
Dallas Goedert watched the beginning of the practice from the field. He did not train on Sunday, having suffered an elbow injury on Saturday morning. He told reporters that he expected to be back in a day or so. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor, Corey Clement running back, receiver Mack Hollins, running back Donnel Pumphrey were among the players who were not available. Fran Duffy and Chris McPherson recap what happened on Sunday at the grounds of the NovaCare Complex.
1. Before the team kicked off, I noticed something that was a little different as the defensive backing did stand-alone practice. Each player adjusted to the snap, then a JUGS machine fired a ball that had to be tracked down to work on ball skills.
"There are many exercises we do, just techniques to see and play, and some are better at it than others," said Defense Coordinator Jim Schwartz. "You guys love my other sports analogies, but Charles Barkley was the best rebounder in the league at what, 6-foot-4? Something like that. It was not because he was 6-11 and he just got bigger He just had great anticipation and good timing, a great awareness of it, so I think there's some of that, but there are other things about drill work and when to look, and different defenses you put into it other than where their backs are turned, it is so complex that it is difficult to place in a category. " – Chris McPherson
Second Maddox got some repetitions on Saturday's defense of the first team in the nickel package, sharing time with De'Vante Bausby, but as C-Mac mentioned, Sunday was its day in the spotlight. He lined up with the starters at the opening game of the opening team, but the ball went to the other side of the field. Nick Foles dropped back and hoped to hit Mike Wallace on a corner route, brilliantly defended by Jalen Mills with a diving pass breakup. Foles went back to Wallace in the direction of the next game on a sloping route. – Fran Duffy
Third Maddox jumps early on the scene. In the third game of Scrimmage, he turns against Greg Ward in the slot, and the recipient of the second year makes a turn to the right. Maddox reflects Ward at the top of the route, attacks the throw at the highest point and beats him out for incompleteness. Mills is fired after the game for the beginner. – Fran
4th Maddox follows this with a flash from the slot corner. Foles hotly read was wide receiver Rashard Davis, who did not turn on time and the ball fell incompletely. – C-Mac
5th The backups take the field in the sixth game and Sidney Jones is in the slot. Bausby is in the left corner, Rasul Douglas in the right corner. Nate Sudfeld falls behind and hopes to hit Shelton Gibson on a walk along the right sideline. Gibson flies through Bausby, but the ball falls incompletely. – Fran
6th At the next game Sudfeld throws a quick glance at Bryce Treggs, and Douglas comes down and puts him in touch by putting Treggs to the ground. – Fran
7th It's time for one-on-one exercises in which receiver and defensive backs go into one field and match running backs and tight ends with mid-range safeties and linebackers to practice passport protection and speed training. One player stood out from the rest as Wendell Smallwood made several blocks in the electric drill that fired Duce Staley. After losing his first appearance with Malcolm Jenkins (who always does well in these drills), Smallwood came back and beat Kyle Wilson's phone, stacked it on contact, and ripped it out of his pocket. He finished the sequence with a nice pop on linebacker Nigel Bradham. It should be noted that Jay Ajayi also came out in this exercise. – Fran
8th. I've seen the 1-on-1 wide receivers against defensive backs. The ball was placed on the 10-yard line of defense, so the receiver had to show that they can accelerate quickly from the line and win early down. This was our first chance to see Carson Wentz and he opened with a nice throw that Wallace brought down to set the tone for the offensive. Ronald Darby later had to retaliate for the defense when he passed a pass on the pass from Sudfeld. Kamar Aiken had two outstanding representatives. First, he put D.J. Kills on skates on an out route then beat Mills on a fading route. I thought Maddox continued his strong practice in this exercise. Gibson pulled in a ball thrown over Rasul Douglas and did a great job as he got two feet in.
Local hero Tim Wilson always shows good speed in his breaks. The final game of the exercise was a ridiculous catch from Treggs over Mills in the far right corner of the end zone. The referee signaled that Treggs was out of the game, but head coach Doug Pederson played on the side of his offensive player and raised his arms for a touchdown. The grass chunks that flew could indicate that the coach was right. – C-Mac
9th The team gets together for 11-on-11 work, and the Eagles offense comes out with 13 employees with a backslider (Jay Ajayi) and three tight ends. Jason Peters is in the left attack. The defense comes out in a four-linebacker set with Jordan Hicks, Bradham, Nathan Gerry and Joe Walker. Zach Ertz is stretched out and Jenkins walks with him. Foles drops the storyline and hits Ertz on a nice slope to the middle of the field. Ertz has truly become one of the best tracks in the entire NFL. – Fran
10th At the next game, the nickel package with Maddox comes out on the inside. The ball is handed over to Ajayi, who is held by Rodney McLeod on the line of attack. After the game, coach Cory Undlin works with Maddox on the side and gives the newcomer some pointers to his technique. The base defense comes on the field for the following game, as Kamu Grugier-Hill appears as the weaker linebacker alongside Hicks and Bradham. – Fran
11th Darren Sproles makes a right-hand shift for a huge win. The game was extremely offensively blocked with Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce and Kamar Aiken, who all ran in front of the veteran in space. – Fran
12th A new team time begins, and after a brief completion to Ertz, Foles falls back and unleashes a throw over the middle to Wallace, who climbs the ladder and makes an excellent grip between the hashes and "Oohs" and "Aahs" draw only from the present fans, but also from the teammates. Wallace ran the cross against Mills, who sat directly on the back of the receiver and tried to keep the ball clean, but Wallace passed him for the final. It's the second big win in two days for Wallace, who rocked Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday morning with a diving catch on a deep ball to start the day. – Fran
13th The defense responds to the next two games. First, in the deep part of the field, Jenkins Foles takes on a ball designed for Greg Ward. Veteran safety made a good fit on the ball in the middle of the flight and staggered him over his shoulder. The selection, however, was wiped out by an offside penalty. In the next game Maddox brought the defense with a pass-break in the middle of the field against Bryce Treggs. The snapshot was bombed by Foles, who quickly picked him up, slid to the left and tried to put the ball in a tight window, but Maddox made a great play and celebrated after opening the pass. – Fran
14th Today's episode of If The Defense once again allowed the ball carrier to play with Smallwood. He did not clear the ball from Südfeld and I do not know if he would have the focus if the defender could equalize him. – C-Mac
15th The units of the second and third teams go through their respective sequence of games and the starters come back on the field. In the second game Darby jumps in front of a throw intended for Kamar Aiken and throws him in the air. Bradham scoots under him and turns in the interception, runs the other way into the end zone. If anyone on the defensive needed a boost in self-confidence at the point he won, it was Bradham who would certainly take the big game in the other direction. – Fran
16th The backups come onto the field a few minutes later, and the defensive end of Josh Sweat Bull plunges experienced tight Richard Rodgers straight into the quarterback's round. Sudfeld stumbles out of contact, rolls to his left, and has no room to go downfield with the ball due to tight coverage. Sudfeld jumps two games later with an impressive throw on a comeback route back to Shelton Gibson. – Fran
17th After the defense had dominated the 7-on-7-Drill on Saturday, the offensive on Sunday recovered quite well. Foles begins with the completion of Rashard Davis on a pass defended by Maddox. The only victory for the defense came on the next game, when Mills Wallace covered on a deep corner route, leaving Foles with nowhere to go with the ball. The Super Bowl MVP finished his five throws with three straight completions to Ertz, Davis and Wallace. – Fran
18th Smallwood hooked Carson Wentz's third throw of time and grabbed the ball from the air as he appeared on an option track in the middle of the field. – Fran
19th Treggs made a good shot on the ball in the field on a slightly undergrown Deep Ball by Foles. Treggs throttled just before the goal line and caught the ball on his shoulder with Douglas cover. – Fran
20th The last phase of the team begins, and Foles drops the gameplay just to turn his head back in defense and see a screeching Mills flying from the corner in a flash. The game would almost certainly have led to a sack, but Foles still rolled to the left and tried a throw near Rodgers. – Fran
21st I loved the performance of Michael Bennett in consecutive games. First, he pushed Halapoulivaati Vaitai to the ground to get into the backcourt. At the next snap he penetrated for a tackle after losing back on the run. – C-Mac
22nd A few games later and down in the red zone, Foles takes the snap and looks to the left, hitting an oblique Ertz at the goal line for a touchdown just outside Darby. The two try and hang together again at the next game, but Darby steps in front of this throw and makes a fantastic, jumping interception. However, the veteran corner took some punishment as she hit the ground and was about to get up. – Fran