Eagles Training Camp: Jalen Hurts silences critics on day one

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 08: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws a pass during Philadelphia Eagles training camp at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, August 8, 2021 in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Eagles are back! Training camp kicked off today down at the NovaCare Complex. The team practiced for a little over an hour, but there was plenty to take away.

Jalen Hurts shines Early

Hurts made quick work to squash any additional discussion on Derrick Gunn’s report that he struggled in OTA’s.

The quarterback reportedly went 4-4 in the red-zone drill with two touchdowns. Hurts then followed that up with additional touchdowns to Jalen Reagor and Quez Watkins. While he did make some mistakes, it was clearly a solid first day for Hurts and the offense.

Marcus Epps Breakout season Imminent

Howie Roseman opened up the introductory press conference touting how excited the team was to see him try and win a starting role.

After one day, it’s clear that the 26-year-old is already showing out.

Epps picked off Hurts on a nice read in another red-zone drill and flew all over the field. If the Eagles defense is to succeed, they need Epps to produce and it looks like he’s already proving he is up to the task.

The Eagles are Healthy? Who are these guys?

For one of the first times in training camp history, the Eagles opened up camp with an unpopulated injury report.

Jason Kelce missed practice due to COVID recovery, while Fletcher Cox and Anthony Harris were limited for the same reasons.

Outside of that, only Richard Rodgers, Brett Toth, and Tyree Jackson were on the PUP list. It’s a great sign for the Eagles and clearly shows that Nick Sirianni’s limited OTA work has paid off.

Defensive Ambiguity

With the addition of Haason Reddick and Jordan Davis, the front seven has the ability to play many different fronts.

That was shown on the first day of camp. According to reports, the Eagles lined up in 3-4 and 4-3 schemes with a little more 3-4 being used. Philadelphia has an opportunity to be far more flexible in the second year under Jonathan Gannon.

With a softer regular season schedule, the team should be looking to be much better against opposing quarterbacks on the defensive end.

While only the first day, and clearly a lighter practice, the Eagles are back to playing on the field, and that alone is cause for excitement.

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