Training camp came to an end on Tuesday, with the eagles holding their 15th day of practice.
This one focused on red zone drills, certainly an area the team needs to improve upon, after finishing 17th in the league in red zone offense last year inside the 20. The offense also worked on being backed up against its goal line.
PHOTO: Darren Sproles and assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley share a moment in camp
Both the offense and defense had its moments.
VIDEO: Practice footage from the final training camp practice
First, the defense:
- Orlando Sandrick made a nice interception going to the ground near the sideline on a Cody Kessler throw. Scandrick signed on July 27 and has gotten up to speed pretty quickly. I believe he will be on the final 53-man roster.
- Avonte Maddox made a nice break-up on a pass into the end zone from Carson Wentz to Zach Ertz. Needless to say, Maddox will play a vital role in this year’s defense.
- Safety Malcolm Jenkins is in regular-season form and also made a nice pass breakup on a ball intended for Alshon Jeffery. Jenkins would like to get some game reps, but the veteran doesn’t need them. The 31-year-old doesn’t look like he will be slowing down any this season.
- Safety Andrew Sendejo played tight coverage throughout the drills. Sendejo may be considered an under-the-radar signing in the offseason, but he’s going to help this team.
- The defense didn’t allow any first downs when the offense got the ball at its own 1. The first team went three-and-out twice; the second-team went three-and out twice.
- There were back-to-back outstanding touchdown catches, with stellar deliveries from Wentz, by Ertz and Nelson Agholor. The Wentz catch was along the backline in front of the goal post. He caught a high pass and was ruled to get both feet down. The defensive backs and their coach, Cory Undlin, disputed the TD call.
- Agholor’s catch came at full speed on a cut through the end zone, and he need to bend his body in a way to make the grab with Rasul Douglas in his hip pocket.
- Both plays came right in front of a good crowd, and they acknowledged both plays with applause.
- Joshua Perkins had two touchdown catches, the first from Kessler; the second from Wentz. Perkins is playing his way onto the roster as a third tight end, especially because Richard Rodgers remains out with a foot injury. Rodgers was listed as day-to-day on Aug. 3.
Overall, Pederson was pleased with how the 15 camp practices unfolded.
“I think we're right where we need to be this time of training camp,” said Pederson on Tuesday. “It's not a perfect or a finished product, obviously. We're still building and working through some things.
“I thought this week, I ramped the intensity up a little bit in practice this week, going back to Saturday with the Saturday, Sunday, padded practices. All by design to get our penciled-in starters ready to go for week one. I think we're progressing. Again, by no means is it a finished product but I like where we are right now.”