Full squad returns; an early look at the depth chart; Barnett battles Peters

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Eagles wide reciever Alshon Jeffery concentrates as the ball comes to him during a passing drill after practice on Thursday. Eagles practice with a full squad on Thursday, the first day of training camp for the entire team.

The Eagles continued training camp on Thursday, but had the full squad for the first time. Here’s what I saw from Day 4:

 

  1. The first full squad practice of camp was a relatively light one. Named “10-10-10” because ten plays are evenly split between offense, defense and special teams, the session was held with players in shells and shorts and lasted about two hours. The first regular practice will be held on Friday morning. Select fans and sponsors will be in attendance at the NovaCare Complex. The Eagles currently have 89 of a possible 90 on the roster. Recently-acquired tight end Adam Zaruba, a former Canadian rugby player, is still awaiting a visa. Running back Ryan Mathews has been excused as he recovers from back surgery – and is presumably released upon his recovery. Defensive tackle Beau Allen was still out with a torn pectoral tendon. And rookie cornerback Sidney Jones (Achilles tendon rupture) was back to watching most of practice. Otherwise every other player was active after passing the morning conditioning test.
  2. Some depth chart notes: The lineups looked essentially as they did in the spring except for some minor tinkering. The starting offensive line was, as expected, from left to right: Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson. Peters took a few repetitions off and was replaced by second team left tackle Dillon Gordon. The second unit o-line was: Dillon/Matt Tobin, Chance Warmack, Stefen Wisniewski, Josh Andrews, Halapoulivaati Vaitai. And the third unit: Victor Salako, Dallas Thomas, Aaron Neary/Tyler Orlosky, Darrell Greene, Taylor Hart.
  3. On defense, there weren’t any changes with the first team: DE: Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry, DT: Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan, LB: Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks, S: Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, CB: Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson and Ron Brooks (slot). Najee Goode took most of the snaps for Hicks, who is recovering from hand surgery after he broke a bone on his honeymoon. The second unit: DE: Derek Barnett and Chris Long, DT: Destiny Vaeao and Gabe Wright, LB: Joe Walker, Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nathan Gerry, S: Jaylen Watkins and Terrence Brooks, CB: Rasul Douglas, J. Wright and Aaron Grymes (nickel). Third unit: DE: Steven Means and Alex McCalister, DT: Elijah Smalls and Winston Craig/Justin Hamilton, LB: Don Cherry, Steven Daniels and Gerry, S: Chris Maragos and Tre Sullivan, CB: Jomal Wiltz, Mitchell White and Randall Goforth (slot).
  4. Team drills during 10-10-10 practices are set up to benefit one side, so I don’t want to make much of how the units performed, in particular the quarterbacks. Carson Wentz looked great during his reps, but he should vs. the second and third units, especially when they’re supposed to play soft. And Matt McGloin, conversely, struggled against the first defense. But there was some individual play or certain matchups that were worth chronicling. One of the marquee matchups was Barnett vs. Peters. The rookie end has had success against some of the lesser tackles on the team – he blew past Vaitai at one point and could have easily clobbered Nick Foles — but Peters was a greater challenge. Barnett got off to a strong start when he turned the corner and got around the 35-year-old veteran. Peters may have been taking it easy on that particular play, but Barnett seemed to energize the tackle, who basically stonewalled the Eagles’ top draft pick for the rest of practice. Peters blocked Barnett to the ground on almost every outside speed rush.
  5. As many as four receivers (Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor), three running backs (LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Donnel Pumphrey) and three tight ends (Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Trey Burton) rotated in and out of the first team offense. Sproles and Pumphrey were on the field together a few times with the latter lining up in the slot. Pumphrey, who seemed to catch every pass during the first three days of camp, had a Wentz swing pass sailed through his hands. Jeffery dropped two passes on the day – I don’t think I saw one mistake from the receiver in the spring – but he made a tremendous catch when he high-pointed a 50-50 Wentz heave and somehow managed to keep both feet inbounds. Great body control. Receiver Mack Hollins, who ran mostly with the second team offense, plucked a Foles BB out of the air for a nifty grab. Matthews, who has been bothered by knee tendonitis, pulled in a deep Foles jump ball for a “touchdown.” Wendell Smallwood, often the second team running back, made a diving grab when McGloin threw to him on the outside.
  6. On the defensive side, Kendricks broke up a McGloin pass to running back Byron Marshall. Grugier-Hill showed good hustle when he stabbed the ball out of Ertz’s grasp after the tight end beat him on a crosser. Terrence Brooks ended practice by knocking away a deep McGloin toss to tight end Anthony Denham.
  7. And some leftovers … Blount seemed out of sorts at the start of practice. He walked out holding his jersey and needed a few minutes to have his helmet set. He and Jeffery were the last two Eagles to take the field. … Like last season, Peters spent the warmup period getting stretched out by an individual trainer.

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