The Eagles returned to practice on Saturday after a day of rest and did so with a vengeance. It was an eventful morning down at the NovaCare Complex, so with that in mind, here’s everything you need to know.
The first real training camp injury report was released on Saturday and looks as follows:
Richard Rodgers being listed as day to day is likely why former Chiefs TE Alex Ellis was brought onboard. Paul Worrilow’s knee injury could well be linked to the torn ACL he suffered last year, which is definitely something to keep an eye on. The major update yesterday though was that Cre’Von LeBlanc’s Lisfranc sprain could keep him out until November, but the Eagles hope he will be out no longer than a few weeks.
Cyprien’s steps up
It didn’t take long for the new kid on the block to make an impact. 29-year old Safety Jonathan Cyrpien put on the #41 jersey and sprinted straight into second-team action, making several eye-catching plays in the process.
This move is likely for depth purposes but Cyprien will likely compete with Andrew Sendejo and Blake Countess for a spot on the back end of the Safety depth chart. He has the playing credentials to do so, it’s just whether he can bounce back and prove himself as a bargain bucket find late in the offseason proceedings for the Eagles.
Kamu carted off
One of training camp’s biggest standouts has been linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill. The man who has led the Eagles in special teams tackles in back-to-back campaigns is primed to see more defensive action this year, at least so we thought.
Carted off with a leg injury, Kamu Grugier-Hill has given the Eagles their first real injury scare this offseason. It would be heartbreaking for the Hawaii native to suffer something like a torn ACL ahead of his contract year that’s filled with promise. Hopefully, this is just a sprain or cramp. The Eagles really can’t afford to lose someone as productive as KGH at this stage.
On a plus note, L.J Fort was noted as a linebacker who thrives darting sideline-to-sideline, so he would likely be expected to step up and take on those added reps in the meantime.
Underdog RB’s shine
It was a good day for the running backs buried on the depth chart. Josh Adams and Boston Scott were two notable standouts, both consistently making big-time plays and shaking tackles.
The duo has a monumental mountain to climb, but stranger things have happened and as we found out today, situations can change in the blink of an eye. If Adams can continue developing after leading the Eagles in rushing yards last year, there’s no reason he can’t at least throw his hat in the mix for a spot on the back end of the roster as a baby Jordan Howard in the event the team need to give Howard a breather and need that bowling ball mentality. As for Scott, it’s really now or never…so it’s nice to see a sense of urgency from one of the most underwhelming picks in recent memory.
Shareef Miller clearly woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Playing angrily, he was able to not only penetrate the backfield and add a sack to his name, but he got caught in a scuff with OL Casey Tucker. Now, I don’t know who won, but I wouldn’t like to find out, either.
It’s nice to see that ruthlessness from the Penn State rookie who needs that to really add to his game.
Rodney McLeod got his first taste of 11-on-11 action this Summer after working his way back from injury which can only be seen as a positive. He didn’t partake in the live tackling section, but baby steps are key here!
McLeod played extremely well prior to injury last year and the team missed his presence. Getting a healthy McLeod back could be an integral part of the offseason.
I’m really running out of Sega puns here, but the rookie receiver continues to make plays in the red zone, as expected.
The 6’3 wideout has been another of Training Camp’s bright young stars and continues to make an impact where the Eagles are really placing a lot of emphasis, down inside the 20.
And just for good measure, here’s a nice update on first-round selection Andre Dillard, who seems to be taking to the next level like a Duck to water.
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