Eagles training camp: Darius Slay gives Jordan Mailata a run for his money

Darius Slay #2, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Darius Slay #2, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Signed, sealed, and delivered… The first practice of Philadelphia Eagles training camp is officially in the books. Nine remain. Here’s some of what we’ve figured out.

Rumors of Jalen Hurts’ rapid decline were overstated. Brandon Graham continues to age like a fine wine that gets better as it matures. Nick Sirianni is going to be himself, and your feelings about his wardrobe or demeanor matter little.

Then, there’s Darius Slay. He appears to be coming out of his shell. Following practice, Big Play found a microphone and decided he’d take a few moments to impress us with his singing voice. Here’s how that worked out.


What do you think? Is he ready to give Jordan Mailata a run for his money or are we reaching here? Here’s a clip of Philadelphia’s left tackle on FOX’s The Masked Singer if you need some help in making the comparison. Thank their official YouTube channel for the clip.

What do you think? Might a duet be on the way?

The Eagles have a nice work/rest balance as training camp is officially underway.

One of the topics discussed by Nick Sirianni and Howie Roseman during their pre-practice presser was data they had received on soft-tissue injuries and how their findings assisted them in managing and or balancing how they’ll handle practices and walkthroughs. From the player’s perspective, being back at work has allowed them to reconnect with fans.

Sure, they’re fully focused. Everyone’s saying the right things: “hard work”, “get better”, but Eagles Twitter was littered with photos of players signing autographs and reconnecting with the public. It was great to see that as well.

Balance and success will require both. The veterans like Slay and newly-acquired A.J. Brown are leading by example during practice. They’ve also made concerted efforts to infuse some positivity into the locker room and connect with the city they play in. Both young guys and veterans need to see that as well.

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Day two of Eagle camp was a success, for more reasons than what took place during the hour-long practice session. It’s nice to see that Big Play Slay isn’t taking himself so seriously. That’s a joke of course, but on a serious note, whether you realize it or not, moments like these have more of a positive impact on the team’s overall success than you realize.