Practice observations from Day One of Eagles minicamp

Carson Wentz was on target while Joe Ostman, Daeshon Hall, and Shareef Miller flashed on defense

Day one of minicamp is in the books.

Here are some observations from Tuesday’s opener:

  • Carson Wentz was on the money. He threw three straight touchdown passes in red-zone, seven-on-seven drills, going to Zach Ertz, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, and Dallas Goedert.

In the same drill, the Eagles O made it four straight TDs when Nate Sudfeld hit Donnel Pumphrey in the flat for a score. The streak ended when Cody Kessler fired high on his chance.
In above photo, Jason Peters takes part in an offensive line drill

  • Every year I seem to fall in love with a player. Past man-crushes include Henry Josey, Paul Turner and, last year, DeAndre Carter. This year’s crush is Marken Michel.

It’s early, but so far, Michel has really flashed in the couple of practices we saw during OTAs then again on Tuesday. Michel snared a 40-yard score during one OTA from Wentz when Michel got past Rasul Douglas. Michel was on the throw of another beautiful toss from Wentz while streaking down the sideline. The ball arced perfectly over Michel’s shoulder and Michel latched onto it for a gain of about 35 yards.

Michel got plenty of first-team reps, but also worked with backup Nate Sudfeld, so it’s clear that the team likes Michel.

“He’s a slot receiver, but he also has some tools to play on the outside,” said receivers coach Carson Walch. “He’s picked up the offense fairly well and he’s got a body to him where he can do some of the dirty work in blocking, can break tackles and be a chain mover for us.”

  • The Eagles ran two interesting plays in 11-on-11 drills. The first was a flea-flicker, with Wentz handing off to Jordan Howard who flipped the ball back to Wentz who threw about 25 yards downfield to Arcega-Whiteside.

The second was an option pass, with Greg Ward, a former quarterback at the University of Houston, taking a sweep handoff then taking aim down the field. The play was blown up by Malcolm Jenkins and whistled dead but Ward a split-second after the whistle still threw the ball and completed it about 10 yards away to Michel.

  • Defensive ends Joe Ostman and Daeshon Hall showed some flashes, with both collecting a sack had quarterbacks not been off limits. Both players beat Jordan Mailata at right tackle.
  • Penn State rookie Shareef Miller collapsed the pocket on the final play of the day, getting into quarterback Clayton Thorson’s face to force an interception from Godwin Igwebuike.
  • Nelson Agholor did not practice for undisclosed reasons.