On what was a beautiful (and hot) day to be at Lincoln Financial Field for the first of two open practice held by the Eagles, fans in attendance got a first-hand look at some of the storylines developing in training camp. Below are the top 5 observations from today’s gathering.
#5: Sidney Jones is going to be the slot corner
Not really a surprise here, but it looks like Jones will start the season as the 3rd corner on the depth chart. He comes off in base defense but has the speed to hang with guys like Nelson Agholor in the slot.
4: Young Talent Stands Out
Not only does the youth look good, but big too. With guys like Josh Sweat posted as the biggest defensive player on the team at 6’5” and Dallas Goedert used in short yardage and redzone situations, the team is set up for years to come.
3: The Eagles are HEALTHY
The main three outside of Carson (Peters, Hicks, and Sproles) all stood out today. Sproles had a nice punt return and draw to the outside and up the sideline untouched for a touchdown while Jordan Hicks had an interception. JP is back to his normal ‘body guard’ self.
2: Carson Wentz Looks Ready to go…kinda
Wentz cracked a smile as he ran some sprints to begin practice and the crowd started chanting “MVP…MVP”. He looked juiced up and very mobile although limited in action today.
1: The Eagles Get IT
The Eagles are one of the most active leaders in the NFL when it comes to community involvement, honoring their veterans, and like it or not, a part of the social injustice/national anthem battle. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but the Eagles (in mine) do a great job standing up for what they not only believe in as individuals but acknowledge the issues at the front line of the NFL and take a stand either way.
Owner Jeff Lurie allows open dialog between players and the media, which goes a long way in creating the team chemistry and trust in the organization. However, the team also does not forget to show their respect and honor those who have fought for the opportunity to live in this country and enjoy one of the greatest sports ever created. The open practice jersey exchange was just another example of that.
All in all, it was a great opportunity for fans of all ages to get a glimpse of a team who returns to live action this Thursday against the Steelers for the first time since February 4th.