The Eagles returned to practice to begin their second OTA round on Tuesday.
Now, it's still not soccer with pads up to training camp, but there's a lot to see during OTAs, the first time we see something similar to the competition.
And unlike last Tuesday, today, they could have been outside instead of in the practice bubble.
Here are my 10 observations:
1. Carson Wentz is not yet a full participant as he recovers from the ACL break, but he did it more today than last week, although such once it was only for the practice abroad. Today, he was involved in his first exercises that involved competition. He was the quarterback of some 2 against 2 with two DB and LB against wide receivers and runners. And Wentz looked good.
It's amazing how much zip still has in his balls, even without that leg of the plant completely healed. He also showed something of his touch.
Carson Wentz pulling again. pic.twitter.com/cmm0NotACL
– Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) May 29, 2018
2. Aside from a small false start problem, rookie tight end Dallas Goedert had a pretty good day. It was a big goal for Nate Sudfeld during 11-on-11 and he ate Jeremy Reaves at 1-on-1. He still has a long way to go, but Goedert should be able to make an impact this season.
3. New open catchers coach Gunter Brewer is fun to watch. He is extremely animated and very practical as Mike Groh (now OC). That will probably make Groh's transition to offensive coordinator a bit easier, knowing that his receivers are in good hands.
– Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) May 29, 2018
4. Speaking of wide receivers, Shelton Gibson, who looked good last week during open practice, had an up and down day today. He threw a ball early, but then recovered very well to make some good grabs later in the session. Actually, consistency will be key for him. If he ever becomes a player in this league, he is likely to drop pbades here and there. He just has to limit them.
5. With De & # 39; Vante Bausby playing the nickel corner with the first team on Tuesday, Sidney Jones was demoted to the second team. Do not read too much; Jim Schwartz said they will move the boys and train in that position. Bausby had a really good day, but it's still hard to see him keeping Jones off the field. Down with the two, Jones showed his coverage skills abroad. Even though he was angry at himself for letting a pick bounce off his hands, he still looked great.
And some might think that it is not a corner of the slot machines, but seeing it run at full speed, what struck me most is its speed. I think he has enough talent to play anywhere.
6. The Eagles have been playing rookie recruit Matt Pryor as a tackle and guard so far this spring. He was right guard of the second team and right tackle of the third team today. He played both places in college, so the Eagles will have to figure out where he fits into the NFL. Based on what I've seen of him at TCU, he's probably a more natural guard, but he's 6 feet tall, so it makes sense why the Eagles might want him as a tackle. Either way, they really like versatility in any way they can get it.
7. Billy Brown has talent, but it could be a bit of an exaggeration. It is difficult to judge because journalists can not see all the practices, but it has been a bit disappointing. He showed great hands last summer in the training camp, but so far they have not appeared in the two practices we have seen.
8. Mike Wallace is going to be a significant improvement over Torrey Smith. That's not a blow for Smith, but Wallace is just a better player. It is known as a deep threat, but it is more than that, since it has been demonstrated since its arrival. You better get used to how Doug Pederson uses his receivers. They even lined it up in the slot some today. The Eagles like to be able to do that. They do it with all their skill players.
9. Michael Bennett and Darren Sproles are still missing from the OTAs, which are voluntary. Alshon Jeffery still can not practice, but he was in the field watching today. Unrecruited rookie runner Josh Adams was not practicing; Presumably he has an injury.
Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks participated in a limited way. With Peters out, Halapoulivaati Vaitai took the representatives of the first team as a left tackle. With Hicks out, and with Mychal Kendricks out, Nigel Bradham, Nate Gerry and Kamu Grugier-Hill worked with the first team.
10. A forgotten name: Aziz Shittu had a good and disruptive practice. Watch him out because the Eagles are hurting some for the depth DT with Tim Jernigan's injury. Destiny Vaeao worked with the first team, followed by Elijah Qualls and Shittu. I liked that he left university a couple of years ago, but he stayed behind Vaeao and never reached it. There is a reason why he is still around.
Stupid observation of the day: Poor Aaron Evans. The rookie offensive lineman from Central Florida received the number 63 and looks a lot like a man who used to wear it: Danny Watkins. I had a flashback today.