Five fresh take aways from day one of the Eagles OTA’s

Eagles OTA’S are underway 

Day one of the Eagles OTA’s got underway for the defending super bowl champions and there was a lot of excitement. For the first time since suffering a torn ACL back in December quarterback, Carson Wentz was back on the field throwing. In addition to Wentz, this is also a chance to get a look at cornerback Sidney Jones who will look to return to regular season form. Every player was present for the voluntary workouts with the exceptions of running back Darren Sproles and defensive end Michael Bennett. Head Coach Doug Pederson addressed both players as well as other questions below.

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Wentz back in action

As stated earlier Wentz was at camp today. Wentz is five months removed from tearing his ACL and is progressing along very well. Although he is not fully cleared the 6-foot-5 quarterback was able to go through all of the team’s individual drills. He had a brace but was able to showcase good mobility. Barring any setbacks, you have to believe that this is a great sign for Wentz being under center week one against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Sidney Jones turning heads

Jones took the field today and wasted no time making plays. Now at a .100 percent after suffering an Achilles injury last March, the former Husky is ready to make an impact. Jones started off in the slot today with the first-team defense with Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby lined up outside. He also spent time on the outside and played on special teams as well. The highlight of the day came when Jones intercepted Nick Foles on an underthrown ball intended for Nelson Agholor. This is a great sign for Jones as he looks to build momentum heading into the season. Pederson stated that Jones is “Definitely in the mix for a starting cornerback job”.

Angry bird sent packing

Later this afternoon it was announced that linebacker Mychal Kendricks was released by the team. While Kendricks has been in constant trade talks the move comes a bit as a surprise.  Kendricks was a second-round pick back in 2012. The move saves the Eagles 4.4 million dollars in cap space.

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Injury bug strikes

While there was a lot of good signs today there was one bad thing. Eagles linebacker Paul Worrilow left practice with his leg in an air cast. It was announced later that he suffered a torn ACL and will miss the 2018 season. Worrilow signed this offseason from Detroit and was looking to add depth to the linebacking unit. This is a brutal blow to the Eagles linebacking core that essentially has lost two linebackers on the day. The only other available linebackers are Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Corey Nelson, Kamu Grugier Hill, Nate Jerry and Joe Walker. We hope Worrilow is able to make a full recovery.

Fly Eagles fly

With day one in the books, there will be a lot to keep an eye on. Foles and Nate Sudfeld should continue to see a lot of work this offseason as Wentz will miss the preseason. The biggest battles will be at running back and cornerback. With Sproles, Corey Clement and Jay Ajayi seemingly locked into roles it will be interesting to see who will emerge as the fourth back. Donnel Pumphrey is eager to prove he belongs will there is also Wendall Smallwood, Matt Jones, and UDFA Josh Adams.

At cornerback,  Jones will be competing for a starting spot but also keep an eye out for rookie Avonte Maddox and second-year corner Rasul Douglas and they get more reps.

Stay tuned for more updates as Eagles OTA’s continue.

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