For the second time this week, the fully-padded Eagles went at each other with everything they had under a blazing sun and in sauna-like conditions at training camp on Thursday.
The hearty practice came just 48 hours after another grinder on Tuesday.
PHOTO: Cornerback Rasul Douglas
Both practices were exhausting and physical, with running back Miles Sanders and left tackle Jason Peters leaving late in Thursday’s practice.
Sanders went down in a pile during an 11-on-11 running play, and took a couple minutes to get back to his feet. He walked gingerly off the field. Head coach Doug Pederson said afterward that everything seemed to be OK with the rookie runner but more evaluations will be done. Sanders seemed to be walking without a limp once practice ended and he departed the medical tent.
VIDEO: Practice footage of defensive backs drilling
Peters just appeared to have run out of gas, rising slowly then slowly walking off and peeling off his linemen’s gloves.
There were some punishing hits that appeared some pushing and shoving might ensue, but nothing ever did.
“You get 90 guys out there in a hot place, tensions are going to flare up a little bit, the intensity is going to pick up, which is good,” said offensive lineman Anthony Fabiano. “It’s good for us. It’s good to have a chip on our shoulders when we’re playing.
"Coach (Doug) Pederson said you have to be a little crazy if you want to play football out here in this heat all the time. It’s been challenging but it’s been good.”
It looked like Fabiano would come to some pushing and shoving with Bruce Hector during one play when Fabiano belted defensive tackle Bruce Hector to the ground on a screen pass. Hector popped to his feet and got in Fabiano’s face, but Fabiano patted him on the shoulder pads, clearly telling Hector he was sorry.
“I hit it on the shoulder, but he wasn’t looking,” said Fabiano, a center by trade but who is taking reps at both guard positions in camp. “I knew right away it was a bad play on my part. I shouldn’t have done that. I apologized to him right away. I’m sure he’s still going to be mad at me which he has the right to be. I feel terrible about it, honestly.”
Also, one of the final five plays of the day, Donnel Pumphrey took a swing pass on the corner, turned past one defender then was met with a thump by defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon.
“The first dude (defender), I tried to lower my shoulder and he got out of the way,” said Pumphrey. “McKinnon was right behind him and he caught me slipping. It was a good hit he got on me.”
McKinnon stood over Pumphrey, but Pumphrey got up quickly and patted McKinnon on the arm.
- Receiver Carlton Agudosi was the standout, catching three touchdowns in goal line work, all three of them were difficult.
- Sidney Jones and Kamu Grugier-Hill both recorded interceptions against Carson Wentz in goal line drills. The Jones pick looked like a miscommunication between Wentz and the receiver (did not see who it was since it took place on the far end of the field), because the ball was thrown right to Jones. Grugier-Hill’s theft was on Wentz since it didn’t have enough air to get over the linebacker’s head. Both defensive players are having strong camps.
- Darren Sproles threw down a hearty spike of the football after catching a quick-hitting slant from the slot on a perfect throw from Wentz between Grugier-Hill and Andrew Sendejo.
- Clayton Thorson threw a TD pass, believed to be his first of camp, finding tight end Will Tye near the back of the end zone in red zone drills.
- Cornerback Rasul Douglas made a nice pass break-up on a throw from Wentz to the back of the end zone intended for Alshon Jeffery. Douglas has had a strong camp.
- The two-hour, 30-minute practice ended on a nice throw from Thorson to a sliding DeAndre Thompkins for a gain of about 25 yards. Thorson has been better in the last couple of practices, but still has a ways to go before I am convinced he will make the 53-man roster. Thompkins has been more visible this week, but is more of a practice squad candidate at this point.
Play of the day
There were several, but this one goes to Pumphrey, who ripped off a long run through the right side of the line. The play probably went for at least 40 yards.
“It was pretty cool,” said Pumphrey. “The offensive line opened up a big hole for me and I was able to hit. I wanted to get in the end but that dude McKinnon got me. I thought I had.”
Yeah, that McKinnon guy, again. It was McKinnon who popped Pumphrey a few plays later.
McKinnon is a long shot corner, but he is having a strong camp.