Eagles Overview: What Kind of Training Camp Is Jalen Harts Exactly?

The truth about Jalen Hurts, a situation that still worries me and meets the revised expectations of Jordan Davis.

Here are my 10 random eagle observations from the first week of training camp:

1. A lot has been written and said about Jalen Hurts since the beginning of training camp – much of it being people who haven’t been to a single exercise – so let me be very clear about this: Three of Jalen Hurts There have been great days, one shaky day and one average day, and the sum total of these first five drills is somewhere around a solid B performance for the 23-year-old quarterback. Tuesday – the first day in the full pad – was his best day ever. He swung it beautifully down the field, skewered AJ Brown, made good decisions in the pocket and did a lot against the first defense. No quarterback is perfect at every practice. Donovan had bad days. Randall had bad days. Carson had bad days. It is a process. It’s a long preseason and that goes for everyone… you can’t separate a good or bad play and start drawing conclusions. You look for consistency, steady improvement, and putting together a series of positive days. Hurts had poor practice on Friday, but he has been much better since then. We still have 5 1/2 weeks until Opening Day. Overall, I am encouraged.

2. It’s also important to note that this advanced defense seems to be doing a much better job of handling hearts and offense than it was last year. Hurts notes how much this year cornerers and linebackers have challenged him and receivers and how much he loves it because that’s how you improve. And it’s really true. Linebackers and defensive backs are a lot more active and around the ball than they were last year, and that has really raised the level of practice. And you want so. You don’t want one side of the ball to dominate every practice. You want high-level competition and both sides take turns, because that’s how everyone is better.

3. When the Eagles signed Kazir White and drafted Nakobe Dean, I thought it meant TJ Edwards would go back to his old role as a situational linebacker and a main special teamer. But Edwards has — by far — been the Eagles’ best linebacker in the camp. He’s always been physical, but he’s so smart and his identification and processing has been really impressive and allowed him to become even more of a playwright. Edwards doesn’t have a very fast pace, but he is very intuitive and has the ability to process plays, and this helps him get in a position to make plays. I also think that in his second year, Jonathan Gannon has a better idea of ​​what Edwards’ strengths and weaknesses are, and this should enable him to use them in the situations for which he is best suited. TJ. strong camp so far for

4. I often wonder what a full season of Miles Sanders will look like. He’s driving the ball so well right now and looks explosive. He seems more motivated than ever as he goes into a contract year. It’s crazy that even with his talent—and he trails with a 5.1 career average running average, the eighth-highest 500 carries in NFL history—he’s never run for more than 867 yards in a season, due to injuries and injuries. Thanks to two coaches who at times forgot he was on the roster. I don’t know how much the Eagles are going to run the ball this year, but let’s say Sanders gets 13 1/2 carries per game at 5.1 yards per carry over in 17 games; That’s about 1,200 yards. Every conversation about Sanders always starts with “if he stays healthy.” I’d even go so far as to: If Sanders plays 15 games this year, he’s a pro bowler.

5. Jordan Davis is more advanced than I expected. I thought he might be a boy between 20 and 25 this year. Thought the Eagles would bring him along slowly because he had so much depth in the inside of the defensive line and there were questions about his conditioning. But I will tell you what, he looks fit and athletic on frame 6-6 and has clearly focused on his conditioning over the past few months. After watching him work on these first five exercises, I would be surprised if he doesn’t make a significant contribution this year. It doesn’t seem like a project to me. He is ready to go.

6. Zech McPearson may be the best player on the team.

7. It’s been three years now, and Jalen Rigor still hasn’t got it. Every minute he tries to pick up fights on social media, one minute he doesn’t focus on trying to build a football team. In his first two years, he had the luxury of being selected in the first round and didn’t have to worry about roster places. Now, his margin for error is zero. If he doesn’t focus solely on football, he won’t be in the league for very long. What my colleague John Clarke tweeted from practice the other day was accurate—there’s no one better than Clarke—and reveals a poor series of plays shortly after practice for Rieger to strike John. That he hasn’t learned anything since coming here. He must catch balls with the JUGS machine after practice or throw with his teammates or meet with his coaches – or do so Anything By indulging in the same teen Twitter crap he’s been doing for three years to give himself a better chance of making the roster. time to grow up.

8. Hopefully Andre Dillard is fine after leaving practice early Tuesday. Now in Year 4, Dillard’s has been really good in this first week of camp. He looks solid in both the team and 1-on-1. There has definitely been a lot of improvement. What this means for his future, I do not know. If he goes out to pre-season games and plays well, I can certainly see some trade value in him. But until he gets the serious asset back – perhaps a third-round pick – the Eagles might prefer to keep him around. Either way, give him credit. He’s been through a lot – got benched, got hurt, dealt with bust tag, lost his job to a rugby player. And he never stopped grinding. I am sure Dillard can play in this league and at some point he will get that opportunity.

9. I am still concerned about security. Marcus Epps has been great so far, but no other Safari has stood out. Jaquiski Tartt is fine and still learning a new system which takes time, but I haven’t seen anything from Anthony Harris or K’Von Wallace that inspires confidence. It’s early, but after a week’s practice, I just haven’t seen enough.

10. The early returns in Year 3 on Quiz Watkins have been impressive. It’s important to remember that this is a sixth-round pick that was coming from southern Mississippi very raw, and it was always going to take time for him to find his way. But he made enough plays last year to cement the WR3 spot and certainly made the most of his chances. Watkins averaged 10 yards per goal last year, the sixth-highest in the NFL (minimum 50 goals) and the fifth-highest by the Eagles since 1992, when he started tracking this stuff. I don’t know how many teams have corners to cover Brown, Devonta Smith and Watkins. Someone is about to break open, Hearts just has to find the guy and get him the ball. The Eagles have never had three receivers with 700 yards in a season, but I could see it happening this year.

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