Eagles Training Camp Notebook: The best kind of ability is availability for running backs

Carson Wentz, Nick Foles
Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Carson Wentz (11) and Nick Foles (9) throw passes during NFL football training camp in Philadelphia, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Another day, another Eagles practice. A preseason contest in Foxboro is just days away and the Birds’ spent today working inside ‘The Bubble’ to prepare for the matchup. Here’s everything you need to know.


A slower day:
Training Camp can be taxing on players young and old, but Doug Pederson has done a great job of picking up any bumps and bruises early and letting those players get back to their absolute best. Conditioning is everything ahead of what could be another deep playoff run.

The wide receiver corps looked light today, but this opened up some huge windows of opportunity to players such as Rashard Davis, who is already taking on an underdog role of his own ahead of the team’s second preseason game. The Eagles were already without Jeffery, which meant Shelton Gibson, Kamar Aiken, Rashard Davis, Bryce Treggs and Greg Ward all saw huge bumps in reps.


Wentz is looking like Houdini again:
He may not be terrorizing the defense in 11-on-11’s, but that doesn’t mean Carson Wentz is making huge strides in his recovery.

Does that look like a man recovering from an ACL/MCL tear to you?



Secondary heats up:
The heat-seeking missiles were flying around the NovaCare Complex today. Maybe it was the depleted wide receiver corps or simply the pressure of a cornerback competition beginning to mount, but from safeties to nickel defensive backs, everyone was getting a slice of the pigskin today.

If this level of efficiency around the football continues, Thursday night is going to be very fun. With names like De’Vante Bausby and Chandon Sullivan striving to make their names heard across the league, a big pick is what could be the difference between making the roster and landing on the practice squad. The Eagles may well be driving into pick city on Thursday, which can only be a good thing for all involved in the cornerback competition.



Like Nelly, Like Shelly:
After receiving for his first NFL touchdown last week, Gibson has been red hot…like, R E D hot. We’ve all made the comparisons between Gibson and Nelson Agholor and now that the weight has been lifted froths shoulders, it seems even more likely that he’s walking down a similar path.

If Gibson catches his second NFL touchdown pass on Thursday, Philadelphia may actually explode with elation. #GibsonSZN


The best kind of ability…
The Eagles running back picture is becoming increasingly clear, but for the wrong reasons. Pumphrey has been nearly invisible for a whole week now and the seemingly injury-prone Josh Adams left practice early today. The best kind of ability is availability and things just aren’t looking good for either player right now.

For once, it seems as though luck is on Smallwood’s side, who has been receiving the Lion’s share of carries recently. The downside is that he struggled to do anything with them against the Steelers. If he’s in a similar scenario this Thursday, he HAS to make them count.



Midseason form:

After mauling an All-Pro guard on Thursday, Fletcher Cox decided that he wanted to feast on his own team.

A contender for defensive player of the year? You have to fancy his chances.


Goedert is fine:

After losing his entire arm on Saturday, Dallas Goedert has since found said arm and reattached it by himself. The stitching job was similar to that of Al’s on Woody in Toy Story 2. Good as new, some would say.

In all seriousness, it’s great to see Goedert back in action so soon with the reassurance that the injury was only minor.



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