Vinny Curry was out sick on Sunday.
That meant Josh Sweat was elevated to first-team defensive end, and that meant he would be matched up against future Pro Bowler Jason Peters for most of the morning.
Sweat landed an early haymaker in the first of three different 11-on-11 periods, stunning Peters with an inside move that put him on a collision course with quarterback Carson Wentz. After that, it was all Peters, who stoned Sweat several times afterward throughout the day.
Peters has looked solid throughout camp and, even at the age of 37, looks like he will have a better season than he did last year, especially because he is now one full season removed from having ACL surgery.
Meanwhile, Sweat played 46 snaps and recorded three tackles. He didn’t generate consistent pressure on the quarterback, but he was matched up most of the night with Pro Bowler Taylor Lewan.
VIDEO: Derek Barnett talks about his rehab and more
“He’s getting good reps against all those guys,” said defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz following practice. “It really doesn’t matter whether it’s JP or anybody else or a preseason game. He’s just working hard to be consistent, working hard to prove that he can fill a role if we ask him.”
One role getting closer to be filled is at starting defensive end, where the work load of Derek Barnett is slowly increasing. On Sunday, he took part in the 11-on-11 drills, but only in the first session. Still, it was a step in the right direction.
“I’m just following their plan, just following the steps,” said Barnett. “I feel good. It feels really good to be back on the field. It’s exciting.”
Barnett, who had shoulder surgery last fall and spent most of the season on Injured Reserve, took another big step during one-on-one offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen drills. The third-year end took an inside route to beat rookie Andre Dillard in one drill then moved to the other side of the line and blew past Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
Whether or not the Eagles will chance putting Barnett into any of the remaining exhibition games remains to be seen.
Barnett said it doesn’t matter if he gets any game reps before the regular-season opener or not.
“I’m comfortable with the plan they have in play for me, so if that’s to play some games, we’ll see about that, if it’s not then we’ll go that direction," said Barnett. "Right now it’s just a day to day process and just building from there.”
So far, the building is rising, and that is just fine for Barnett, who called his rehab work “boring.” It was the first injury of his career, even dating back to his days at the University of Tennessee, so it was an adjustment.
“I like to play football, I didn’t like sitting during the season,” he said. “That was probably the tough part for me. I never had to miss a season like that or part of a season from an injury, so that was new to me. Everybody goes through injuries, so you attack the rehab process like you attack the football field or the weight room then after you put that behind you, you just go out there and let it loose.”
Barnett looks real close to doing just that.
Wentz looks stale
Carson Wentz looks like a quarterback who could probably use some reps against somebody other than his own teammates. It was a mostly up and down two days of throwing for him.
On Saturday, he threw a goal line pick to Nate Gerry then on Sunday he was intercepted twice and it should’ve been three times. Malcolm Jenkins stepped in front of on pass intended for Nelson Agholor then Avonte Maddox made a diving pick of a ball that was thrown low to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside that caromed off his hands as he was going to the ground.
Rasul Douglas should’ve had an interception but he dropped a ball that hit him right in his hands.
It is unlikely Wentz gets reps on Thursday in Jacksonville, though head coach Doug Pederson hasn’t made his intentions know, yet.
Pederson could wait until next Monday and Tuesday when the Baltimore Ravens will practice with the Eagles leading up to the third preseason game. Wentz would then get reps against Baltimore’s secondary for two days.
Shelton Gibson released
The Eagles parted ways with their fifth round draft pick from 2017, receiver Shelton Gibson. Gbson injured an ankle during the Aug. 4 open practice at Lincoln Financial Field and was waived/injured.
The team added cornerback Sojourn Shelton to take Gibson's place.
Safety Rodney McLeod took part in 11-on-11 drills as he continues to make great progress from ACL surgery. But it was on Jenkins’ interception when Arcega-Whiteside accidentally collided with McLeod’s knees. McLeod limped off but said after practice that he was fine.
Play of the day
It came after Jenkins intercepted Wentz and was running up the field. He wasn’t going full speed and looked to be pulling up when center Jason Kelce came flying in to strip the ball. Great hustle play by Kelce.
Quote of the day
"How can I forget? He brought it back, so I think it’s going to be cool, hopefully we get out there, get to touch him a little bit, let him know we miss him.” – Defensive end Brandon Graham on the possibility of facing former teammate Nick Foles on Thursday night.