Voluntary workouts are now over from the Novacare Complex and the Philadelphia Eagles won’t be back on the practice field again until the start of training camp.
While overreactions should not be happening during this portion of offseason workouts, there is plenty to be excited about from the Eagles’ final practice on Thursday afternoon.
And one roster-bubble player seemingly has stood out from above the rest.
Christian Elliss dominates
Who had Christian Elliss being the OTA winner following the 2023 NFL Draft?
Elliss was an undrafted free agent with the Vikings, Eagles, and 49ers before coming back to Philadelphia last season. In a role that predominately found him on special teams, Elliss was considered a long shot to make the roster following the emergence of Nakobe Dean to a starting role this offseason.
Instead, Elliss has stood out throughout OTAs and especially on the final day. He had a pass breakup during the first period of seven-on-sevens and even picked off Jalen Hurts at a later drill. The 24-year-old linebacker has done a lot of great things so far this camp and could be seen as a dark horse candidate to make the roster in two months.
Smitty loads up for third year
DeVonta Smith has been the most consistent wideout the Philadelphia Eagles have had at the position in decades. The former Heisman Trophy winner has totaled over 150 catches and 2,000 yards in his first two seasons and has been one of the best draft selections the Eagles have made in a long time.
It appears the best is yet to come for him entering his third season as well.
While James Bradberry and Darius Slay did not participate in practice Thursday, Smith continued to torch anyone guarding him. He caught a touchdown from Hurts on a double move and was open throughout the entire practice.
Philadelphia knows what they have at receiver this season but if Smith continues to develop like he has, it could be another scary year for the Eagles offense.
Terrell Edmunds is helping people forget CJGJ
Hey, remember when people panicked that the Eagles didn’t have a reasonable plan once Chauncey Gardner-Johnson left for Detroit in free agency? That seems to have gone by the wayside after OTAs.
Both Reed Blankenship and Terrell Edmunds have both stood out throughout practices with their play in pass coverage and their overall physicality. On Thursday though, Edmunds was the big winner with multiple pass breakups and continuously flying around the football.
With a name like Budda Baker still hovering around the city as a potential acquisition during camp, it’s good to at least know that the Eagles should feel confident in their current group of safeties.
No injuries following practice
It’s the most important thing to report after each voluntary workout and will be extremely important this season. The Eagles remain healthy after OTAs and should be heading into training camp with their entire team ready to go for the start of meaningful practices.
Nick Sirianni continues to help his players stay healthy during the offseason and the last few weeks are prime examples of that.
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