Today was the first day in the Eagles’ mandatory minicamp. With speculation surrounding the involvement of Bradford and hype surrounding the numerous other additions to the squad, we highlighted the best from the first day at the Novacare Complex.
So at some point in the last few months, someone has taken Sam Bradford, tweaked a few wires and hit reset. The result? A cannon. We all knew that Bradford had quite the rocket to begin with, but today saw his laser arm burn through some receiving gloves. Despite still not participating in 11-on-11 drills, the ex Ram is certainly looking a bit too hot to handle as Miles Austin found out. Riley Cooper also got a lightning bolt fired at him down the sideline. We can’t wait to see Bradford in 11-on-11 action, if he can do that in a game environment..we may just have our QB of the future.
Punting the prey
Brandon Boykin was fantastic last year when it came to dealing with special teams, as was the entire unit, but in minicamp they just seem to get better and better. Boykin looked great on Punting once again as did Eric Rowe who looked great when it came to beating the ball to the goal line and downing it inside the 10 yard line.
Hotly touted rookie Nelson Agholor fumbled in a non-contact drill, losing the ball due to a defender punching the ball out of his grasp. It wasn’t just teething problems however, Jordan Matthews also suffered the same fate, whilst Kenjon Barner allowed one to hit the ground before doing a DJax recovery..only not quite as glamorous.
A hero rises
Cedric Thornton looked great today. During DL drills, he would not only be a prominent feature, but be very vocal, giving the young defensive linemen encouragement as they ran the drills..his leadership skills have definitely ramped up over the offseason period.
The main topic of conversation that isn’t about QB’s seems to be the receiving core and if it is going to be enough to send Philly to greatness in its current state, with many feeling like there’s a hole in the depth chart. Former Charger Seyi Ajirotutu may well be a short term answer. After looking good last week, he continued to impress with a hard cut on a slant route and a tonne of yards gained after the catch. He’s fast, we all know that. He’s now starting to look slightly instinctive and elusive..we may just have found a short term answer.
We will be back tomorrow to take a closer look at all of the action from day 2 of the Eagles minicamp, but until then be sure to follow our twitter and like us on Facebook!