August 4, 2021   4 MIN READ

Eagles Camp Observations: Sirianni’s Got Much To Say


ITB photo: Quez Watkins fights press coverage in a drill while WRs coach Aaron Morehead watches from the sideline.

The Eagles took the field for the seventh practice of the Nick Sirianni era, nearly a week away from their preseason debut with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Though several of the teams centerpieces – including Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, Darius Slay, and Zach Ertz – were given the luxury of a veteran day off, the pads still popped for the second consecutive day at the NovaCare Complex.

Although Wednesday’s 75-minute practice featured a heavy dose of the running game, there were a number of pertinent takeaways.

Roster housekeeping

• The Eagles activated safety Andrew Adams from the reserve/COVID-19 list and waived/injured DB Nate Meadors

• Linebacker Alex Singleton (reserve/COVID-19 list) was present at the start of practice. However, he did not participate in practice.

• After an impressive start to camp, linebacker Davion Taylor has been listed as week-to-week (calf).


• Prior to the commencement of practice, running backs Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell took extra work on the JUGS machine. While Sanders might not be as natural of a pass-catcher as Boston Scott is, it was nice to see him working on an area of his game that hurt him last season.

• The left tackle competition had been rather one-sided through six practices, with Jordan Mailata dominating the headlines. However, Andre Dillard opened practice as first-team left tackle but continues to underwhelm.

• In a major contrast from the previous regime, Nick Sirianni and his staff remained hands-on and unafraid to drill players on details and fundamentals. Early in practice, Sirianni ripped into Jalen Reagor after a play. Reagor was later seen talking things over with Jalen Hurts.

• As noted, the offense adopted a run-heavy approach on Day 7. Sanders, Scott, and Jordan Howard shouldered the bulk of the carries, but it was interesting to see Kerryon Johnson’s reps minimized.

Jason Huntley is springy and has some burst. He’ll need to develop his pass protection and remains a long shot, but I’m interested to see how he performs in the preseason games.

• Hurts showcased an up-and-down morning. He threw a dart over the middle that was intercepted by sixth-round rookie JaCoby Stevens in full-team drills but followed it with a perfectly-placed strike down the sideline to John Hightower. Hightower was closely guarded by rookie Zech McPhearson but managed to reel-in a leaping reception on the sideline.

• Speaking of McPhearson, the rookie cornerback always seems to be around the football and doesn’t appear to lack for confidence. His physicality and instincts were on display throughout practice.

Hurts looked sharp in red zone 7-on-7s, connecting with Dallas Goedert for two scores, including one with Shaun Bradley closely trailing. His other throws included a Quez Watkins reception just short of the goal line, with Craig James swarming, and a short toss to Miles Sanders which was dropped.

Quez Watkins has soft hands and looks markedly improved from a route-running standpoint.

• With Darius Slay taking the day off, Michael Jacquet saw increased snaps. One play that stood out was a defensive pass interference call in the corner of the end zone on 7-on-7s. Flacco lofted one up for 6-foot-7 tight end Tyree Jackson. Jackson, a decorated former college quarterback at Buffalo, will be an intriguing player to watch this preseason.

John Hightower must continue to develop his play strength and run blocking. Poor technique on a short toss to Gainwell, blatantly holding onto to cornerback Lavert Hill.

• Richard Rodgers, perhaps the team’s best blocking tight end, notably whiffed in a rep against Genard Avery in 11-on-11. Avery got around Rodgers with ease and disrupted a Miles Sanders run.

• At the end of practice, running backs Elijah Holyfield and Jason Huntley, and wide receivers Jalen Reagor and Andre Patton were on the JUGS machine.

– Andrew DiCecco (@ADiCeccoNFL) is a Staff Reporter/Content Producer for

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