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Eagles Practice Observations: Day 3

Eliot Shorr-Parks
June 13, 2019 - 12:52 pm

The Eagles held their final minicamp practice of the offseason on Thursday, the final practice between the players, coaches and a six-week break before training camp begins. 

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Similar to the last day of school, Thursday’s practice was essentially a half-day, as the players were only on the field for around 25 minutes before head coach Doug Pederson called it. 

Here is what stood out during the extremely brief practice:

Carson Wentz: Wentz was at practice as expected, but the fact he completed in all of the mandatory minicamp and almost all of the offseason workouts shouldn’t be overlooked considering the health issues the quarterback has had. Wentz took all (four) of the first-team reps on Thursday, reps used for the offense to work in the red zone. 

Wentz wasn’t especially sharp, going 2-4 with one touchdown, although one of his passes to tight end Dallas Goedert was dropped. His only touchdown during the drill was to receiver Charles Johnson, with his other two falling incomplete. 

Still, there is no question Wentz ends the offseason workouts on a high note, completely healthy and ready for training camp. 

As for the other quarterbacks, backup Nate Sudfeld went 2/4 with a touchdown as well, while rookie Clayton Thorson completed the only pass he attempted. 

Charles Johnson: The catch of the day was by receiver Charles Johnson, the journey veteran receiver who is trying to stick on with the Eagles. Johnson’s catch came during a 7-on-7 drill along the back of the end zone. Johnson did a great job leaping up and fully extending his body to make the catch on a throw by Wentz that was probably a little too high. Johnson then did a great job keeping his feet in bounds, completing a catch that was so good even defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz signaled it was a touchdown. 

Johnson is going to have a tough time making the roster, but his experience — 39 games played with 17 starts — could be enough to make the Eagles keep him over a younger player like Shelton Gibson. 

No DeSean: Receiver DeSean Jackson did not practice on Thursday, a decision that likely had nothing to do with injury, but instead just giving the veteran receiver the day off. Jackson has had an outstanding offseason with the Eagles and seems primed for a big year. The Eagles holding him out of a short practice was probably the smart move. 

Rodney McLeod and Ronald Darby: Safety Rodney McLeod and cornerback Ronald Darby have both been taking part in individual drills the last few days. McLeod and Darby are both recovering from ACL injuries and have seen their workloads increase throughout the spring. The fact they have been able to keep adding to their workload, and haven’t had to take a day off, is a positive sign for how their body is responding to the practices. 

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