That’s right. 40,000 Eagles fans poured into Lincoln Financial Field to watch their team take to the stadium for the first time since their demolishing NFC Championship Victory over Minnesota. You wouldn’t think this was just for a Training Camp practice, but this is no regular fanbase. Here’s everything you need to know from this evening’s action.
Eagles fans are incredible:
The first takeaway is a very obvious one. You. Guys. Are. Literally. The. Best. Fans. On. This. Planet.
Lol Foles Skol chant pic.twitter.com/dIu6dvGVtH
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 5, 2018
A sea of happy souls at Eagles practice. pic.twitter.com/pHGXZg4jmt
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 5, 2018
— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) August 6, 2018
There’s no other way to describe this other than mesmerizing. The feeling of elation in Philadelphia has not diluted one bit since the team hoisted the Lombardi Trophy six months ago to this day. Long may it continue.
Kamu Grugier-Hill has been one of Camp’s biggest standouts so far and today was no exception. The Hawaii native is doing much more than just filling the boots of Mychal Kendricks early on, he’s making the role his own.
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 6, 2018
Sudfeld picked again, throwing shorter into middle of field this time. Target was again Hollins. Pick made by Kamu Grugier-Hill #Eagles 11/11
— Ed Kracz (@kracze) August 6, 2018
Although, this shouldn’t come as a surprise…
After missing OTA’s and the beginning of camp with an injury, Josh Adams has spent the last three practices making sure his presence his felt. The crowd at Lincoln Financial Field didn’t distract Adams, who punched in a solid day at the office with some big runs as he looks to make up for lost time in a hurried fashion. With preseason looming, it’s do-or-die for the Notre Dame underdog.
A lighter day:
One of the shortest Eagles practices so far, there was a different tone again today. Nick Foles and Zach Ertz both had the day off (but were present) while Wentz sat out of 11-on-11 drills for another consecutive practice. The vibe was much more a ‘thank you’ to the fans in many ways, with the energy fueling an evening of drills.
Warden of the north:
Greg Ward Jr. has been a name on the lips of several people this offseason, with the hopes his transformation from quarterback to wide receiver would have evolved since last year. Well, you can take the man out of the quarterback position, but you can’t take the quarterback out of the man.
Greg Ward IDed a nickel blitz and told Joe Callahan. They audibled and hit Ward with the lookie screen right off the blitz. Nice work by the receiver.
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) August 6, 2018
Pump the brakes:
Donnel Pumphrey’s journey to the final 53 hasn’t been easy and consistency will be the biggest key moving forward. Unfortunately, this evening was not one that exuded that trait.
Donnel Pumphrey just had a nice run. Showed off his speed along the sidelines. #Eagles
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) August 5, 2018
Donnel Pumphrey with a really bad drop in the end zone. Ball went right through his hands. He was wide open #Eagles
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) August 6, 2018
Preseason will be very telling of his progress and just how much of the Mountain is left to climb.
Nate Sudfeld has been letting it rip this summer and he decided to put on a clinic for the fans in attendance, knowing full well that he would be taking reps with the starters due to Wentz and Foles being absent.
Nate Sudfeld 40 yard completion to Nelson Agholor down the right sideline. Dropped it in the bucket. Good throw and also a good catch by Agholor, who beat Malcolm Jenkins. #Eagles
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 5, 2018
Sudfeld’s surge has been beyond notable and we could be in for a very strong four week campaign, highlighting just how far he’s come since his week 17 NFL debut.
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