Day two practice observations from Eagles mandatory minicamp

Carson Wentz was up and down, as expected at this time of year, while Boston Scott and Marken Michel made nifty plays

One more day left of minicamp. Can’t get there, though, until we take a quick look at Wednesday and what happened on day two for the Eagles:

  • Carson Wentz was up and down with his consistency. He looked better on Tuesday, day one, than he did Wednesday. That’s not unexpected.

As head coach Doug Pederson said when this mandatory minicamp opened, “By no means are we in mid-season form. Still going to be some timing and things we have to continue to work on. That's why we practice and get ready for camp.”

Still, it’s worth pointing out the day Wentz had just so his progression can be gauged going forward.

His best throw of the day was, well, it was a tie.

He had a 60-yard beauty to DeSean Jackson who was streaking on a post pattern and ran by Rasul Douglas. Jackson caught the ball in stride for an easy touchdown during 11-on-11 work. Wentz’s second jaw-dropper came in seven-on-seven red zone work and was a dart to Wendell Smallwood running toward the back of the end zone. The ball was perfectly placed, just over the outstretched fingertips of Tre Sullivan.

Another good throw from Wentz came on the throw right after the one to Smallwood. This time, Wentz delivered a bullet to Zach Ertz who was racing along the back of the end zone, just ahead of Sullivan. Wentz appeared to look off Ertz before coming back to him.

  • In fairness to Sullivan, he had some decent moments, including breaking up a deep throw from Nate Sudfeld to Agudosi.
  • Wentz also threw interceptions, one to Avonte Maddox, the other two Andrew Sendejo, who probably would have scored a pick-six if play were allowed to continue. The first pick, from Maddox, looked to be on a check-down to Marken Michel. Maddox had him covered like a blanket. The second pick was forced into traffic. Not sure who the intended receiver was but Carlton Agudosi and Greg Ward were in the vicinity.
  • Michel, who was praised by Pederson prior to Wednesday’s practice, made a nifty cut after taking a nicely lofted throw from Wentz during seven-on-seven with the offense working on coming off its own goal line. Michel caught the ball around the 30 then made a cut-on-a-dime move to elude an unidentified defensive back and was off the races, with several DBs trying to run him down. Michel turned on the jets and ran all the way into the end zone for a play that covered about 97 yards.
  • Malik Jackson proved to be a handful during one 11-on-11 play, bursting through the middle to force a surprised Wentz to his right. Wentz threw the ball incomplete.
  • Boston Scott drew oohs, aahs and whoops from his offensive teammates when he made a severe cut after taking a handoff well before an oncoming defensive back could even begin to think about breaking down for a tackle. After Scott’s move, the field opened wide and he ran through a big hole for a big gain.
  • Shelton Gibson joined Nelson Agholor on the sidelines with the injured. Three of the team’s running backs watched as well: Josh Adams, Corey Clement and Miles Sanders.