For the third consecutive day, the Philadelphia Eagles practiced earlier today at the NovaCare Complex. Here’s a recap of the practice with tons of insight from reporters that were at today’s practice.
Sam Bradford continues to impress
Another practice, another day in which quarterback Sam Bradford continues to showcase exactly what made him the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. While Bradford was limited to just 7-on-7 team drills earlier in the offseason, he’s been “full go” during training camp thus far and is playing very well, according to multiple reports. Many have pointed out that there is no real quarterback competition going on in Philadelphia, despite what head coach Chip Kelly is saying.
Bradford is ultimately competing against himself considering his long history of injuries. Luckily for Bradford, he’s been able to stay healthy for now but the true test will come during preseason game action. But so far, he’s vastly outperformed the other quarterbacks on the Eagles’ roster and looks impressive doing so. Here is how Bradford and the other quarterbacks have fared during team drills, according to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com:
Key players return to practice, Kiko Alonso still out
After sitting out yesterday’s practice, multiple key players for the Eagles returned to action earlier today. Tight end Zach Ertz and inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks returned in full. While running back DeMarco Murray was actually limited despite Kelly stating he would be full go during his press conference prior to practice.
Inside linebacker Kiko Alonso still has to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol and it may be a while before he’s back on the field for the Eagles. Considering his long history of injuries, although none of which have been concussions, it may be best for the team to take it slow with Alonso’s return. He’ll be a valuable player for the team for years to come and it’ll be ignorant to rush him back just for him to get hurt once again. Slow and steady wins the race, right?
Jeff McLane of Philly.com pointed out which players were returning to practice earlier today:
Another challenger approaches for the starting spot at RG
The Philadelphia Eagles honestly have no idea who will be the starter at right guard come opening night against the Atlanta Falcons. But for now the team is trying practically every offensive linemen at the spot trying to figure out who fits best. Matt Tobin, John Moffitt, Dennis Kelly and now Julian Vandervelde have all received first team reps at right guard during training camp. It seems like every day there’s a new body being thrown in the mix.
According to Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation, Kelly admitted that the team won’t decided on a starter at right guard until after a couple of preseason games:
That’s all for today’s practice recap, the team gets back at it tomorrow with an open practice at Lincoln Financial Field!
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