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Here’s we what learned today.
12-23-2019, 05:50 AM,
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Here’s we what learned today.
" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesBleeding Green Nation homepageHorizontal - WhiteBleeding Green Nationa Philadelphia Eagles communityFollow Bleeding Green Nation online:Follow Bleeding Green Nation on TwitterFollow Bleeding Green Nation on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchBleeding Green Nation main menuFanpostsFanshotsEaglesOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Eagles StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Eagles NewsYahoo Eagles Team PageYahoo Eagles ReportYahoo Eagles Depth ChartYahoo Eagles TransactionsYahoo Eagles PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕15 observations from Eagles training camp practiceNew Cameron Johnston Jersey ,70commentsHere’s we what learned today.EDTToday marked the sixth 2019 Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice. It was a lighter day since it was a 10-10-10 session. Read on to see what I observed! PRACTICE NOTES• CARSON WENTZ UPDATE: The first team didn’t get as much work as they would in a standard practice so today was a bit of a break for Wentz’s arm. Wentz did connect with Alshon Jeffery a couple times, which is encouraging. Wentz threw a touchdown pass to Jeffery in the front right corner of the end zone during red zone drills. Wentz hit Jeffery again in stride over the middle for a 35-plus yard gain. Improved timing between those two. Nelson Agholor dropped what would’ve been an impressive diving catch on a Wentz pass. • EAGLES INJURY UPDATE: The Eagles gave Jason Kelce, who turns 32 in November, a rest day. Same for the 37-year-old Jason Peters. Mack Hollins and Paul Worrilow missed another practice. • Andre Dillard took first team left tackle reps with Peters resting. He looked good. Dillard showed explosive quickness out of his stance to stifle Josh Sweat. • Kelce’s absence meant Isaac Seumalo took first team center reps with Stefen Wisniewski filling in at left guard. It goes without saying that an interior trio of Wis, Seumalo, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a significant drop off from Seumalo, Kelce, and Brandon Brooks.• Joshua Perkins, Tre Sullivan, L.J. Fort, and Andrew Sendejo and are roster bubble players who notably line up on the first team special teams coverage/return units. Perkins making the team as a fourth tight end makes some sense if the Eagles are truly going to be running a lot of 12 personnel (two tight ends) ... and maybe even some 13 personnel (three tight ends).Sullivan took first team reps as the third safety with the Eagles often utilizing their big nickel package today. Sullivan was playing on the back end of the defense with Malcolm Jenkins and Sendejo both in the box. Avonte Maddox and Rasul Douglas were the outside cornerbacks in this situation so that left Sidney Jones on the sideline. Keeping both Fort and Sendejo on the roster past Week 10 means the Eagles won’t receive a 2020 fourth-round compensatory pick for losing Jordan Hicks. (It could also mean they won’t get a 2020 fourth-round comp pick for losing Golden Tate if Jordan Matthews gets cut by the 49ers before Week 10.) It’s looking like the Eagles might bite that bullet and just keep the veteran players on the roster. Doug Pederson recently had some praise for Sendejo:• Matt Pryor, who usually lines up as the second team right guard, took some left tackle reps given that Dillard was with the starters. I also noticed the Eagles’ 2018 sixth-round pick was on the first team field goal protection unit. I lean towards Pryor being on the 53-man roster. • I’ve often described Nate Sudfeld’s offseason as “up and down.” Today was more up than down. Sudfeld connected with Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, and Richard Rodgers for red zone touchdowns. He also threaded a tight window back shoulder throw to Marken Michel along the back of the end zone. (The defense claimed Michel was out but some offensive players disagreed. Regardless, it was a legit throw.) Even going back to last summer, I feel like the red zone is an area where Studfeld plays well. He makes good decisions and throws an accurate ball. • Another day, another Rasul Douglas highlight. Today he tipped a Sudfeld pass into the air and it got picked off by Sullivan. Suuuuul just has a knack for making plays on the ball. And for a new twist: Douglas took some third team reps as a nickel corner. Prior to this offseason, the Eagles never had him lining up there. Jim Schwartz talked about this a little on Tuesday:So, the Douglas nickel reps are more injury-related than anything, but can’t hurt to get some more experience there.• Instead of going from Sudfeld to Clayton Thorson — the standard progression from No. 2 quarterback to No. 3 quarterback — the Eagles went from Sudfeld to Cody Kessler in some team drills. And even when Thorson got in, the Eagles did not throw a ton. • A leaping Kamu Grugier-Hill knocked down a Kessler screen pass. Kamu makes plays. • Shelton Gibson dropped a catchable pass for the third day in a row. He also failed to get open deep against Maddox, who covered him well, on one rep.• JJ Arcega-Whiteside saw some first team action in red zone drills. He didn’t do much with his opportunity, though. JJ also struggled to block Josh Adams during a special teams drill, which led to him getting some feedback from an Eagles assistant. When the roles were reversed, Adams did a good job of blocking JJ. • Eagles cornerbacks Jeremiah McKinnon and Josh Hawkins both had decent springs and they’ve made some plays in camp as well. Hawkins broke up a Sudfeld red zone pass meant for Dallas Goedert. Rarely does Goedert not come down with the ball when it’s thrown his way. McKinnon , meanwhile, followed a good showing on Tuesday by breaking up a pass intended for Greg Ward. Not sure if either player makes the team but it doesn’t hurt that they’re looking good while the Eagles are banged up at corner. • No issues with Jake Elliott. The Eagles’ kicker has been pretty accurate all offseason long. Elliott only missed one try today and he drilled his longest attempt of 52 yards. • Brandon Graham led the pre-practice team huddle. As some Eagles defensive backs were approaching the huddle in the middle of the end zone, they were jumping and pretending to alley oop a ball to each other before Avonte Maddox ultimately threw down a reverse dunk to finish it off. Then they celebrated. I’ve written it before but just another reminder that the Eagles’ defensive back room is an energetic, fun-loving group. UP NEXT: The Eagles will have their longest practice of the summer tomorrow, Thursday, August 1. Start time is 9:15 AM and end time isn’t until 11:55 AM. Stay tuned to BGN for more coverage, as always. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bert Bell had been burned and sought a way to get even.His creation, the NFL draft, has become an industry unto itself and the league’s third-most popular annual event behind the Super Bowl and opening weekend.Bell owned the Philadelphia Eagles in 1933 and was hot to sign Stanley “King Kong” Kostka of the Minnesota Gophers. All collegians were free agents back then — college football was far more popular than the pros — and Bell saw the bruising fullback/linebacker as a building block for his team.But Kostka signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers; yes, that was a football franchise back then. Never mind that Kostka lasted one season in the NFL. Bell had a calling.“I made up my mind that this league would never survive unless we had some system whereby each team had an even chance to bid for talent against each other,” he later told The Associated Press.With some negotiating and arm-twisting — Bell was so good at that he soon would become NFL commissioner — he persuaded owners of the other eight clubs to try a draft. The team with the league’s worst record would pick first and the rest would go in reverse order of their success in the standings.On Feb 8-9, 1936, in a Philadelphia hotel owned by the Bell family, the draft was born. And guess who had the first selection: the 2-9 Eagles.That they took halfback Jay Berwanger, the first Heisman Trophy winner, who played at Chicago University — yes, that was a college team back then — and couldn’t sign him was somewhat embarrassing; Berwanger chose to go into the “real world” where he could earn more money than the Eagles were offering.Regardless, the draft was established, with nine rounds, increased to 10 the next year and to 20 in 1939, with this oddity in 1938 and ’39: only the five teams with the worst winning percentage in the previous season made selections in the second and fourth rounds.The number of rounds fluctuated through the years, in part because of competition from the All-America Football Conference in the 1940s, but also because college football grew and more players were available. For a span of a dozen drafts, there even was a bonus pick to start proceedings, with one team each year getting until every team had gotten one.When the AFL began in 1960 and soon started pirating NFL players and hiding college seniors, the NFL moved its draft up from the spring. Cloak-and-dagger stories developed Womens Richard Rodgers Jersey , as soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer Gil Brandt told Ken Rappoport and me for the book “On The Clock, The Story of the NFL Draft.”“Our battle for players with the AFL featured the so-called baby sitters who would hide players so the other league couldn’t find them,” said Brandt, who scouted the colleges for the Dallas Cowboys for three decades, drafting the likes of Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly and Tony Dorsett, and now is the lead draft consultant to the NFL. “There was a group of people, ex-coaches, ex-players, even the governor of Oregon, who were involved.”The merger led to a common draft, but the grab bag for talent wasn’t a big deal whether staged in Philly, New York, Washington, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Los Angeles or Chicago. Then television stepped up.This brand new TV entity called ESPN approached NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1980 offering to broadcast the proceedings from the New York Sheraton. Rozelle couldn’t fathom why ESPN boss Chet Simmons made the offer.“Pete thought Chet was out of his mind,” said former ESPN vice president John Wildhack. “But Pete said, ‘Let’s try it.'”Desperate for programming, ESPN hired Bill Fitts, who had worked games on CBS and NBC, as producer of the draft show, which Fitts admitted in “On The Clock” was rudimentary.“I would say at the beginning it was like with our golf coverage — we started covering one hole,” Fitts said with a laugh. “Look what it went to.”It would not be an exaggeration to say the draft has exploded beyond the selection meeting tag the league hung on it. And don’t underestimate the credit TV deserves, first with ESPN’s gavel-to-gavel coverage and then with NFL Network joining in since 2006. Plus a move to prime time for Thursday’s first round in 2010, and to the early evening for Rounds two and three on Friday.Would Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Mike Mayock have become household names to draftniks? Would there even be draftniks? Would mock drafts begin appearing as soon as college underclassmen declared for the pros in January; in 1990 Jordan Matthews Jersey , the NFL began allowing collegians whose class had been in school for three years to apply for the draft.Just as television has been a powerful force in the popularization of pro football, it has been irreplaceable in the universalizing of the draft.When the league moved the proceedings to Radio City Music Hall, where it held nine drafts, it also turned the fans loose in the art-deco landmark. That meant several thousand folks dressed in jerseys from all 32 teams howling and screaming — and often booing — the selections.That made for great TV, naturally. And it gave the draft an entertainment element it never had, with red carpets to follow.Those fans would follow the draft when the NFL turned it into a road show. In 2014, Radio City, owned by Madison Square Garden, had scheduled a spring spectacular for the usual draft dates in late April. The league had to move the draft back into May, only to see the Radio City show switched to 2015.Annoyed by the Garden’s machinations, and intrigued by the possibilities of moving around its biggest offseason event, the NFL abandoned the Big Apple for the Windy City. After two highly successful years in Chicago in which the league used iconic local settings and fan festivals to boost the draft’s profile and the size of the crowds, it headed to Philadelphia — the original site back in Bert Bell’s days.There, using the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the “Rocky” statue and all, as a backdrop, the NFL saw an astounding 250,000 attend over three days.“Philadelphia is raising the bar,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said.Last year, a stadium was the site for the first time, at Jerry’s Palace near Dallas. And now, we head to Music City, alongside the honky tonks on Broadway.Next year, Las Vegas.What would Bert Bell think?

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