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  • DeSean Jackson

    If you have been reading any of the practice reports this off-season then you have heard plenty about is how good the connection between D-Jax and Wentz looks. Wentz has been targeting D-Jax early and often, and the two have hit on a couple deep balls too. The media members who were here 5 years ago have been saying that it doesn’t look like he has lost a step in the 5 years he was gone. Most impressively, though, is that the players have said the most impressive aspect of his game is not his speed but his route running. If he can stay healthy, expect a big year out of D-Jax.

  • Sidney Jones

    The Eagles are banged up at CB right now with Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, and now Cre’Von LeBlanc all not practicing. So, Jones has been getting reps with the 1st team defense, splitting his time on the outside and in the slot. He has made the most of this opportunity, consistently locking down receivers. He stated that he felt like he was fighting injuries his first two years but finally feels healthy going into this season. After getting torched through the air in 2018, it would be huge for the Eagles if he were to keep this up and live up to his pre-injury hype as a lockdown CB.

  • Miles Sanders

    Sanders missed all of minicamp with a hamstring injury, so there was some speculation about how much he would participate in training camp. While it looks like the Eagles are still holding him back a little bit, he has impressed in the times he has gotten on the field. He’s shown elusiveness in the open field, and also some strength as he trucked a poor DB on a running play. Most importantly, though, is that Sanders has performed well receiving the ball out of the back field. One area where we have not seen enough from Sanders is pass-blocking and blitz pickup. If he can prove to the coaches he can be trusted in pass-protection then Sanders might become the starting RB sooner than expected.

  • Andrew Sendejo 

    Earlier this off-season there was the thought that Sendejo might not make the team to preserve a 4th round comp pick for the Eagles. Luckily for Sendejo, he has played so well this summer he is now considered a lock to make the team. With McLeod still recovering from his torn ACL Sendejo has received all the 1st team reps at safety. Similar to Jones, he has taken advantage of this opportunity. With 95 career games played (and 58 starts), Sendejo clearly has experience but at age 31 has not lost a step either. Him performing well in the 3rd safety role would be huge for the Eagles defense as Corey Graham struggled in this role in 2018.

  • Josh Sweat

    After losing both Chris Long and Michael Bennett this off-season, the Eagles need one of their younger defensive ends to step up. So far it looks like Sweat, the 2nd year player out of FSU, has emerged as this young player. Sweat showed almost nothing his rookie year and ended the season being placed on IR. After gaining 20 pounds of muscle in the off-season but keeping the same explosiveness, Sweat looks much improved in training camp. He has always been quick off the line, but he is now showing improvements in pass-rushing technique and stout in stopping the run. The only young player the Eagles have on the defensive line is Derek Barnett, so Sweat developing into a legit DE would a big boost for the future of this team

  • Brandon Brooks 

    While he has yet to be able to participate in team drills, Brooks deserves a lot of credit for being on the field at all. He tore his Achilles in January, yet avoided the PUP. Brooks has stated all along that his goal is to start week 1, but that seemed like a longshot until he showed up at the first practice helmet in-hand. He still has some hurdles to clear before he can practice fully, but he seems to be on track to meet his off-season goal.

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  • Mack Hollins

    The good news on Hollins is that he is fully recovered from the mysterious groin injury that kept him out of the 2018 season and all of the minicamp this year. The bad news is that he already missed practice with another, completely separate, lower body injury. Doug Pederson labeled Hollins as day-to-day and luckily he returned to practice the next day. With that said, Hollins is a useful player who is still likely to make the 53 man roster, but he is not someone who can afford to keep missing time. His biggest contributions come on special teams, which is a not skill that is irreplaceable. 

  • Stefen Wisniewski 

    Wisniewski has been taking all 2nd team center snaps, with Jason Kelce obviously as the starter. While Wis has been reliable in his tenure with the Eagles, a concerning trend has developed- he has had issues snapping the ball. He has not (yet) skied any over the head of the QB, but he has been consistently snapping below the QBs knees. The easiest way to kill a play is to botch the snap, so Wis hopes to clean this up or else the Eagles might have a problem at backup center. 

  • Jordan Mailata

    There was plenty of intrigue surrounding Mailata entering training camp. The 6’8 monster of a man just started playing football last year and had rapid improvement over the summer. So, heading into year 2, many were wondering how he would look after a year to develop. Unfortunately, Mailata has disappointed. He’s been beaten by backup defensive ends throughout camp. It could be that Mailata is still getting used to the right side, as he practiced exclusively at LT last year and is now playing at RT, but it is not a good sign how much he has struggled.

  • Health on the defensive side of the ball 

    This is somewhat of a cop-out, but it is concerning that over 50% of the projected week 1 starters have been held out of team drills so far due to injury. This list is as follows: Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett, Nigel Bradham, Rodney McLeod, Ronald Darby, and Jalen Mills. Now of this list only Mills is on the PUP and the rest are hoping to be back by week 1, but it is still a hefty group. Last season the Eagles attributed their slow start to overall team health after a long season prior (in which they won the Super Bowl, in case anybody forgot.)

In order to avoid a repeat of that slow start, these players will need to return to practice in full sooner rather than later.

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