The Eagles came back from a day off fresh and looking great both offensively and defensively. The day started off with a bit of a scare when reports came in that Trent Cole has a shoulder injury, luckily it is noting serious he is day to day.
DEFENSE: When the hitting started the defense came out strong stopping everything the offense threw there way. The linebackers and D-Line looked the best as guys like Vinny Curry really got after the QB having 2 sacks in the 11 on 11 thud drill.
He and most of the young D-lineman like Brandon Graham and Philip Hunt having benefited from getting the first team reps while Cole and Babin are out.
The two linebackers that stood out the most to me were Demeco Ryans and Brian Rolle who really early stuffed the run and played really good coverage against the tight ends. Going back to the defensive line I am very interested in defensive tackle Cedric Thornton who has looked great throughout the whole camp including today when during the 1 on 1s with the lineman he just flew by the offensive lineman and showed a lot of power and strength when he bull rushed the O-Line a couple of times.
The real question is though how many defensive tackles will the Eagles keep? Lets break it down so now matter what you are keeping 1. Cullen Jenkins, 2. Fletcher Cox, 3. Derek Landri, 4. Mike Patterson. After that its up for grabs, I would say that the Eagles keep 5 or 6 tackles so there is probably room for one or two more guys who in my opinion would be Antonio Dixon who is our best run stopping tackle and then if they keep another tackle it would probably be Cedric Thornton but if they don’t keep 6 the Eagles will have a very hard decision to make on Dixon or Thornton.
OFFENSE: The offense came off to a slow start during camp when really they could not get anything going running the ball, the defense just would not allow them to move the ball anywhere. As the day went on the offense started to get it going running and throwing the ball. During the move the ball drill it was the #1 offense against the #2 defense, it started off with a 15 yard screen pass from Vick to Shady McCoy who had good help from the offensive line to get the big gain.The Eagles moved the ball very well getting all the way down to the 15 thanks to a huge run from Bryce Brown. Brown then finished the drive with about a 5 yard touchdown. During the #2 Offense vs #1 Defense drive it was the Bryce Brown and Chris Polk show all drive long, Brown started it off with a nice run down the sidelines for 13 yards. Then Chris Polk comes in and gets 2 really nice runs one where he broke 3 tackles and got the first down. As Brown and Polk drove the offense down the field I was thinking to myself “How are they ever going to let one of these guys go”, and that is the biggest situation on the offensive side. Can there be a way where the Eagles manage to keep both Polk and Brown? A suggestion I made to Dave Spadaro from PhiladelphiaEagles.com was that you could list either Polk or Brown as a fullback, that could work but most likely it will not happen. The preseason to me will decide which one of these guys makes the team but I just don’t see the Eagles letting Bryce Brown go. Going back to the drive Mike Kafka managed the drive very nicely and capped it off by throwing a nice pass to tight end Brett Brackett who is another guy who has looked sharp in camp. That is another interesting situation for coach Reid and the Eagles, will they keep 3 tight ends? To me obliviously Celek and Harbor are penciled in as the one and two tight ends but what about Brett Brackett and also Chase Ford (I don’t see Ford making it Brackett is looking better so far in my opinion) the Eagles liked to run a lot of two tight end sets last year and in case Celek or Harbor goes down it would be a safe move to know you kept another quality tight end to fill in when there is an injury. I would not have brought up the Eagles keeping 3 tight ends normally because usually the Eagles don’t keep 3 but Brackett is making it a legitimate argument.
- Trent Cole is day to day with a sore shoulder joint, it is nothing to be worried about he will be back in about a week.
- Jason Babin has a calf strain that will sideline him for 3-4 weeks, He will be ready to go come week one.
- Cullen Jenkins left practice Wednesday with what the Eagles are calling a hamstring injury. He got an MRI Wednesday night so it should sideline him for a week or so but no time table on his return so far.
The Eagles get back to work Thursday when the pads go on at 2:45.