Wentz continues to wow and Agholor’s rise continues: Ten takeaways from day 3 of Eagles Training Camp

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Can you hear that? That’s the sound of pads clashing down at the NovaCare Complex. The third day of Training Camp saw the Eagles put on the pads for the first time. here’s everything you need to know.

Wentz week 1:
There has been plenty of hype surrounding the potential week 1 return of Carson Wentz and that was only amplified when the face of the franchise competed in 11-on-11 drills. With Pads. Yep, Carson Wentz was almost a full participant in today’s practice and even though he threw a couple of interceptions, it’s hard not to be totally amazed.

H O W. Does Wentz have a secret identity as Ironman? We may never know. Either way, to see a man coming off an ACL tear working this intensely so soon is both amazing and a little scary. As the intensity picks up, there will have to be natural caution about his participation in each practice. But for now, he’s doing nothing but wowing everyone in attendance.

 

 

Bausby’s rise:
The emergence of De’Vante Bausby has been thrilling to watch and the best part is, we’re just getting started. As the battle for slot reps and even starting roles continue to unfold, Bausby is forcing his hat into the mix at any given opportunity.

If you want a Training Camp sleeper, look no further.

 

Goedert’s getting to work:
It’s not taking long for Philly’s second-round pick to breakout and show what he’s made of, not long at all.

The underdog tight end was a tremendous threat for opposing defenses at the FCS level and with Zach Ertz mentoring him, the ceiling could be even higher than we first thought.

 

The fairytale:
If there’s ever a true underdog story that has a fairytale ending, it’s one of a USC wideout who struggled mightily during his first two years in the NFL, before enjoying a remarkable breakout and winning a Super Bowl ring. That chapter may be closed, but a fresh one is just being titled and this could be the year in which Agholor completely rips the NFL to shreds.

If the leap from year one to year two in a new scheme was big, can you imagine the scale of what we could see this year, now that his chemistry with Wentz is flourishing?

 

Seumalo struggles:
The documented struggles of Isaac Seuamlo aren’t painting a complimentary picture of the former Oregon offensive lineman right now, but on what may be his final lifeline, a transition to center, he’s still struggling to settle down.

It could be a long offseason for the former third round pick.

 

 

Green Goblin:
Jalen Mills is quite the enigma. There may be no player on the field who plays as hard or wears his heart on his sleeve as visibly as Mills, but his play has been notably inconsistent. The ultimate underdog seventh-round pick could be out to prove even more people wrong this season and is going the right away about it.

Mills has started out strong this Summer and is always a reliable face to make those around him better. That should continue deep into camp.

 

Willing on Shelly:
The story of Nelson Agholor is inspiring and should be to someone like Shelton Gibson, who finds himself in a position somewhat similar to the former first round pick did two years ago. The Eagles have an established WR corps with plenty of leadership and a strong coach in Gunter Brewer, so the support arm is the strongest it’s ever been.

It’s clear that the coaching staff are pushing Gibson to be his absolute best and he could be another big name to watch out for as an underdog.

 

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The true underdog on the OL:
Mailata may be the draft darling that everyone wants to see make the leap from Rugby to the NFL, but TCU’s Matt Pryor could be the most dangerous rookie that nobody is talking about.

Not only is Pryor a bruiser at 6’7, 338 lbs, but he’s got an incredible work ethic and an existing relationship with Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Here’s an interview I conducted with him earlier this offseason.

Eagles reunite TCU tandem in drafting Matt Pryor and he’s wasting no time in getting to work

 

Punting problems:
The Eagles placed faith in Cameron Johnston as their punter when they let Donnie Jones go as a free agent, but after a tough start to the Summer, they may need to give Mr Longball a call.

The special teams unit needs depth as it is, without needing to worry about the consistency of their punter. Johnston has proven himself to be worthy of the spot, but can he keep it? We may need to see some extra competition breathing down his neck to truly find out.

 

Running back picture:
While Josh Adams continues to struggle, Darren Sproles is arguably looking the best he ever has. The running back complexion is changing each and every day and while Ajayi and Clement could be considered the only two ‘locks’ at this stage, nobody outside of Sproles is really making this period their own in the way Clement did one year ago. We’ll need to see much more from the plentiful backfield for confidence to be fully restored in the committee.

 

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