Okay, let's talk about some of the lineups. Derek Barnett (knee) and Avonte Maddox (toe) were limited. Haason Reddick sat out of the first practice. Cam Jurgens opened practice as the starting right guard. The second-team offensive line looked like this: Roderick Johnson (LT), Sua Opeta (LG), Brett Toth (C), Tyler Steen (RG), Jack Driscoll (RT). There were a few players that caught our attention as well.
Remember this guy! Admittedly, we have been hard on Tyree Jackson at Inside The Iggles. Maybe we have been a bit too critical at times, but we admit when it's time to eat our words. On Wednesday, Tyree made us munch on a few.
The six-foot-seven former QB missed all of training camp last year while he recovered from the ACL injury he suffered in Week 18 of the 2021 season, but he enjoyed multiple catches on Wednesday. One was a TD.
We understand that this is a training camp practice and guys are in shorts, but Jackson reminded us today of how talented he can be. The Birds have put a lot of work into developing him, and if he is healthy, don't be shocked if he slides past Grant Calcaterra for the TE3 role.
We do all we can to find someone other than Christian Elliss to talk about. We truly do, but he keeps finding ways to get noticed, and thus, we have to bring him up again. During the first training camp practice, he picked up where he left off the last time we saw him.
Here's something to make a mental note of. He ran with the second-teamers after we saw Nakobe Dean and Nicholas Morrow. Today Elliss hauled in an interception off of Marcus Mariota's arm. His phenomenal offseason continues.
Umm... Yeah... This guy is going to be good. Period.. Point blank... And, end of sentence... He got around Jack Driscoll pretty easily, and in one instance, forced a contact-free fumble by Marcus Mariota when the latter heard the rookie closing in on him.
Give Davion Taylor an honorable mention as well. He snagged an interception on a pass that D'Andre Swift, one that was deflected in his direction by Tristin McCollum. We also have to mention the QBs. Ian Book found Trey Sermon on a TD pass. Tanner McKee threaded one to Jadon Haselwood on a nice-looking back-shoulder throw.