Eagles’ Training Camp observations: Turnover-free football wins big

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 02: Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is interviewed during training camp on July 29, 2022 at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles are just three days away from competing in their first pre-season game: the first glimpse for fans to see the team in reps that aren’t against each other.

While the Eagles have yet to decide on what they will do with their starters on Friday, practices still go on.

On one of the hottest days of camp, Philadelphia took to the practice field again and left some important notes after.

Turnover-Free Football

Part of the maturation process of a starting quarterback is the limit of bad throws and ill-timed turnovers. Jalen Hurts was not a turnover machine in 2021, but as part of his growth, his timing and decision-making are of paramount importance.

In practice Tuesday, Hurts didn’t turn the ball over again, continuing a nice trend over the last week of mistake-free football.

Philadelphia has a stacked roster at almost every single position. It would be foolish to expect Hurts to try and play “win-now” mode on every snap. The Eagles need a point-guard type of quarterback who can make the right reads and play mistake-free.

After some early-year mishaps, it’s clear that Jalen Hurts has worked on that and is positively continuing his development.

Cam Jurgens – Come on Down!

With Jason Kelce gone for the foreseeable future due to elbow surgery, the Eagle’s offensive line will have to be anchored by their second-round rookie, Cam Jurgens.

Jurgens has looked very solid in camp and has gone toe-to-toe with Jordan Davis on numerous occasions. Sometimes, the Nebraska product wins, other times he is completely overmatched.

Not many football teams have a Jordan Davis on their roster though. For Jurgens to come in and get reps right away with the starting offensive line, will go a long way for when Kelce eventually retires and Jurgens takes over for good.

It also helps that both Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard were back at practice today after the two suffered a concussion.

Running-back Conundrum

The Eagles are going to need to decide on the running-back position because Miles Sanders and the crew are making things very difficult for their front office.

Sanders broke off another big run, while Jason Huntley also involved in the running game today.

Without Jordan Howard though, the team lacks a legitimate power back. While a runner like Kareem Hunt would be a perfect fit for what the Eagles need, it would come at the expense of one of the four runners who have looked excellent in camp.

The Philadelphia Eagles are a team built for speed in 2022. The offensive line, along with their receivers bring power, but the backs are needed to provide the speed and burst to make the unit complete.

It’s very hard for me to say the Eagles should get another running back, regardless if they need a powerful one or not.

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