PHILADELPHIA CREAM – When the Eagles came to the field for the last practice of the training camp held at the NovaCare complex, the players came for a jog, heading for warm-ups on the green grass to start their working day. The usual jokes continued, with a burst of laughter breaking through the music blaring in the background.
After all the players took to the pitch to start stretching, a familiar “19” shirt was not present. A day after the trade that sent JJ Arcega-Whiteside to the Seattle Seahawks, the Eagles moved forward without their former second-round pick, the first time since 2019 that Arcega-Whiteside was off the field.
Before practice began, Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen said Arcega-Whiteside had done what was asked of him during his time with the team, hoping he would have success in Seattle.
“JJ is a great person and had a great work ethic,” Steichen said. “He has done some good things here for us. But I’m really excited about his new chapter in Seattle and wish him nothing but the best.
Steichen also said Arcega-Whiteside’s transition from wide receiver to tight end took him some time to adjust to, but the former Eagles have made some progress.
“When you’re on the outside, and now you go inside to start blocking defensive ends, it’s a whole new world in there,” Steichen said. “He fought hard and he did a good job while he was there.”
Amadi arrives at the NovaCare Complex
On the other end of the trade, defensive back Ugo Amadi arrived in Philadelphia and watched practice from the sideline on Tuesday. Amadi, who played three years in the league, wore number 32, sharing it with running back Jason Huntley. Once Amadi is on the pitch, he will be fighting for one of the last defensive spots on the team. Being able to play in the slot and for safety will help his case, as well as his special teams experience.
The running back, offensive lineman and defensive back return to practice.
More than a week after being hit during a red-zone drill, running back Boston Scott has returned to practice with limited capacity. Scott did a few reps with the first and second team offense as he tried to get back into practice. Scott could be accelerated quickly and see more time at the team’s next practice on Thursday. Offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark was also limited, returning from a hamstring injury. Other limited players were John Hightower (groin) and Jimmy Moreland (ankle).
Running back Miles Sanders was out again with what is now described as a hamstring injury. Sanders previously had leg pain. Also missing from practice Tuesday was safety Marcus Epps (back), defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (toe), center Jason Kelce (elbow), wide receiver Greg Ward (toe), safety Jared Mayden (ankle) , tight end Grant Calcaterra (hamstring), and linebacker Christian Ellis (hamstring).
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Josh Sweat on the cover?
During an 11-on-11 play, defensive end Josh Sweat found himself in space, needing to cover wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Smith caught the ball near the sideline past Swear. Afterwards, Sweat said it was a tough job, especially being responsible for Smith on the game.
“I’m getting used to it unfortunately,” Sweat said with a laugh. ” I will do my best. It gets a lot easier, but yeah, I don’t like doing it.
Having the defensive ends occasionally return to coverage during zonal blitzes can be effective if the pressure returns home, usually on the opposite side from where the defensive lineman returns to coverage. With 7.5 sacks last season, Sweat isn’t expected to do that often, but it might be interesting to see what Sweat does if Giants running back Saquon Barkley or Titans running back of Tennessee Derrick Henry is in the dish.
Here are some other highlights from Tuesday’s practice:
-Safety Reed Blankenship anticipated a pass down the middle and knocked out quarterback Reid Sinnett for 11-11. In the next play, after finding no one open, defensive end Tarron Jackson sacked Sinnett.
-The Eagles worked on situational plays, including times when they needed to score to “win” the game. The team’s first offense came with a two-point play, down one point in the fourth quarter. The offense scored, with quarterback Jalen Hurts throwing to tight end Dallas Goedert for the conversion. After the second team worked a few plays, they had a chance for a touchdown, down five points. Gardner Minshew completed a pass to tight end Noah Togiai for the touchdown.
-Wide receiver Jalen Reagor made a nice catch on a low fly ball. Reagor picked up the pass and brought it to his body, getting a decent gain on the play.
-Former Eagles players Torrey Smith and Darren Sproles were on hand to observe practice. Both were members of the Super Bowl LII champion teams. Smith was greeted by his former teammates, including Jason Kelce and Fletcher Cox.
The Eagles won’t practice Wednesday as they travel to Ohio to prepare for joint practice with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday afternoon.
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Chris Franklin can be reached at [email protected].