It seemed like the entire Penn State coaching staff was watching from the sidelines during the Eagles’ OTA practice on Monday.
Nitttany Lions head coach James Franklin and defensive coordinator Brent Pry spent a lot of time talking together and pointing toward the field during various Eagles drills. It makes sense for the PSU staff to be in town since there are four members of their team on the Birds’ roster: running back Miles Sanders, receiver DeAndre Thompkins, defensive end Shareef Miller, and offensive lineman Ryan Bates.
Pry certainly had to like what he saw from Miller, who had a strong practice. He likely would have had a pair of sacks during 11-on-11 drills if quarterbacks weren’t untouchable.
Sanders, however, continues to nurse a sore hamstring. He hasn’t taken part in on-field drills since spring practices began three weeks ago.
“He'll be at practice, but I'm going to hold him out again today,” sad Eagles head coach Doug Pederson prior to the start of practice. “I just want to be careful with him. We're not playing for a while. He's engaged in meetings. He's engaged out at practice watching and a part of that, but right now I just want to be cautious with him.”
Joe Douglas sighting
The Eagles’ vice president of player personnel, Joe Douglas, took in practice, watching some of it with former Eagles great wide receiver Harold Carmichael.
Douglas spent the weekend interviewing for the New York Jets’ general manager job.
The play of the day was turned in by Carson Wentz, who delivered a deep strike to Marken Michel, who had gotten just beyond Rasul Douglas. The long connection went for a touchdown during seven-on-seven work.
Earlier, Wentz underthrew a sideline go-route to DeSean Jackson. Still, Wentz and Jackson still look to be very much on the same page.
Defensive end Josh Sweat looked good on a couple of pass rushes and showed some nifty cuts during some stunts.
With starting offensive tackles Lane Johnson and Jason Peters not participating in the voluntary spring practices, the Eagles continue to line up Jordan Mailata at right tackle and rookie Andre Dillard at left tackle. The guards are Isaac Seumalo and Halapoulivaati Vaitai with Jason Kelce at center. Mailata jumped offside on the first play in 11-on-11 drills and was promptly sent to the sidelines by Pederson. Mailata returned two plays later.