Doug Pederson had talked about the team’s inability a year ago to get the ball into the end zone once they march it into the red zone. This morning they worked on their weakness and the offense did a good job.
Carson Wentz didn’t have as of a good day on Wednesday as he did on Tuesday. He would complete a pass then miss three or four, then connect on another then miss a couple. All in all, it wasn’t anything to write home about. He put a few inside slant throws, where the ball was on the money. I didn’t see all of the plays, but I thought he had a good day with what I did see.
Alshon Jeffery missed his second day with a shoulder injury. LeGarrette Blount missed practice for personal reasons.
I like what I’m seeing out of Eagles second-year wide out Marcus Johnson. He’s got good size and speed. He runs good crisp routes and he catches everything that touches his hands. I saw him get open deep during yesterday’s practice again and again. He didn’t shine as much this morning, but I do like what I am seeing.
Johnson stayed out and caught passes off the jugs machine. He’s putting in the work. I like that because “Success lives on a street named Hard Work!!!!”
I also liked what I saw out of Nelson Agholor. Agholor doesn’t just wait for the football and catch it with his body. Instead, he catches the football with his hands away from his body. He aggressively plucks the ball out of the air.
In the red zone work this morning, Agholor made a great shoe top catch on a Wentz pass that just off the a blade of grass. He snatched it with his hands.
I saw veteran tight end Brent Celek make a couple of nice grabs of touchdown passes. On one play he ran an inside route and Wentz got the ball in there. On the other touchdown catch, he snuck out late and the linebackers were too late recognizing who he had done.
Trey Burton made an acrobatic catch for a touchdown today. He will likely be a key part of the red zone packages during the season.
Eagles new defensive tackle Tim Jernigan is a grown man. He was making his presence known out there today and yesterday. I love the way he gets rid of blockers with his powerfully strong hands.
Eagles cornerback C.J. Smith is starting to get some reps with the first team. He and Jalen Mills have been the most consistent cornerbacks in camp. They had him take the place of veteran cornerback Patrick Robinson. I’ve rarely seen Smith get beat deep and when somebody does catch pass on him, he’s been in position to tackle him.
Robinson has the speed, quickness and football knowledge to be a good NFL cornerback, but he lacks the confidence. I could tell by having a conversation with him that he has no confidence at all. He needs to talk to somebody and get sone help in that area. Last year Agholor was in that same place mentally. You can’t play the game without confidence, especially the cornerback position.
Running back Corey Clement looks much quicker and faster than he did during OTA’s this off season. He looks like a guy who will be playing for a NFL team this year even if it’s not with the Eagles. The Birds have quite a few running backs on the roster, so it’s not going to be an easy roster to make for him.