Eagles Training Camp Notebook: Fun in the sun sees Cox fielding punts?!

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We’ve nearly reached the end of the second week of Eagles Training Camp and with the Sun shining over the NovaCare Complex, a 10/10/10 practice gave the Eagles a chance to breathe a little after a hard day’s hitting on Thursday. Here are the main takeaways from today’s action:

Injuries:
While LeGarrette Blount returned to practice today after being excused for personal reasons, Alshon Jeffery missed his fourth consecutive day. Nick Foles is still out with elbow soreness and Donnel Pumphrey’s hammy injury kept him sidelined. Joining the group today were Mychal Kendricks, Paul Turner, former Rugby standout Adam Zaruba, and Josh Andrews.

 

Terrence Brooks keeps his INT tally going:
One of the big standouts in the secondary this camp has been former Ravens DB, Terrence Brooks. With what feels like a week-long streak of practices containing interceptions, Brooks added yet another to his tally today.

At this stage, he may not be battling with Jaylen Watkins any longer after such a strong showing throughout. Corey Graham? Well, that’s a battle that could well start raging next week once he passes his physical…

 

 

Special teams:
When asked about the future of the linebacker depth recently, Jim Schwartz mentioned that special teams is going to play a huge factor in deciding those spots.  “KGH” played in 42% of the team’s special teams snaps last year…and if Training Camp is any indication, he could well be on his way to replicate that.

The former Pats linebacker has been a strong special teams contributor since joining the City of Brotherly Love, so it will be interesting to see where he lands in the final 53-man roster and whether the team would prioritize that kind of contribution over a smaller % of snaps on Defense.

 

Gordon’s role expanding?
We spoke yesterday about how former LSU TE-turned Offensive Lineman, Dillon Gordon, has been taking reps at fullback. Today, he saw even more action, with the team even throwing to him in a regular situation outside of the red-zone.

Although he was a run-blocking TE at LSU, his soft hands have always drawn praise. Have the Eagles finally found an answer at fullback?

 

Gibson bounces back:
Today appeared to start off routinely for wideout Shelton Gibson…until he bounced straight back with an emphatic catch along the sideline.

After a tough two weeks, it’s going to take a few more flashes to turn his fortunes around, but the initial signs are encouraging at least.

 

Super Sturgis wasn’t so super:
Sturgis may have had a career year for the Eagles in 2016, but when the pressure cooker was on in practice today, he couldn’t follow through. In what was the most pressure Sturgis has ever faced, with a shorter practice lying in his shoulders…the Eagles kicker was wide of the mark.

We’re only playing here, but it’s great to see the Eagles have a light-hearted practice at the end of the week. But it didn’t end there…

 

The Eagles absolutely have a new punt returner….

This happened.

Yep. This. Happened. Fletcher Cox and Jason Peters fielded punts for what Pederson called “a friendly wager.” In fact, Cox was so impressed at his new skill that he requested his position on the Eagles roster to be changed to “Athlete.”…so the team did so.

I C O N I C.

 

Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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