Eagles QB report card: Day 2 vs. Ravens

Eliot Shorr-Parks
August 20, 2019 - 3:55 pm
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The Eagles closed out their two-day joint practice session with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. The session ended on a higher note for the offense than it started on Monday. 

Here is a look at how the Eagles’ quarterbacks played against the Ravens on Tuesday:

Carson Wentz: The day started off on a high note for Wentz, who made one of his best throws of the practice on just his third rep. With the team in the red zone against the Ravens’ first-team defense, Wentz dropped back and lofted a perfect pass right into the hands of receiver Alshon Jeffery, who kept his feet inbounds and made the catch. The ball was placed perfectly into the only spot Wentz could have thrown it to give Jeffery a chance to complete the catch. 

Wentz’s best throw of the day should have also been a touchdown if not for a terrible drop by receiver Mack Hollins. 

In the last practice session of the day the Eagles and Ravens’ starters faced off on a full-field drill with the rest of the team watching. Wentz dropped back and looked down the field, lofting a perfect pass about 40-plus yards to Hollins. Hollins was in tight coverage, with two Ravens on him, but Wentz placed it right into his hands — only to see it bounce on. What should have been Wentz’s second touchdown of the day was instead an incompletion.

Overall, Wentz was better than he was on Monday, but didn’t take as many shots down the field. He mostly worked the middle of the field, to some mixed results, as the Ravens had tight coverage throughout the day. 

Wentz did scramble a little bit on Tuesday. On one play he had pressure in his face, and instead of checking it down, he rolled to his left and tried to hit running back Darren Sproles, but the pass was short. Wentz has been mostly standing in the pocket throughout camp, so seeing him move around a little bit was noteworthy. On another play Wentz had pressure on the middle and rolled to his left for a short gain. 

Prior to practice Wentz said he wasn’t standing in the pocket intentionally to try to change his game, and plays like the one he made on Tuesday show he could be telling the truth. 

Stats: 15/26, 1 TD, 0 INT

Grade: B+

 

Josh McCown: McCown knocked off some of the rust he showed on Monday and had a much better day on Tuesday, especially during his second team session of the day. McCown made his best throw of the day on a pass to tight end Alex Ellis about 15 yards down the field. Ellis was crossing the field towards the left sideline and McCown led him perfectly so he could make the catch despite the tough coverage. 

McCown went on to complete his next four passes in the drill, hooking up with Greg Ward Jr., J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and running back Corey Clement. The Eagles had to be encouraged by seeing McCown work down the field more than he did on Monday, where he mostly just checked the ball down. 

Stats: 7/11, 0 TD, 0 INT

Grade: B

 

Clayton Thorson:  Thorson was once again left with just the left over reps as he was behind McCown and Cody Kessler on Tuesday. He once again, like he did on Monday, made the most of them. 

Thorson has done a nice job in the red zone over the last two days, and his best pass of the day came from around 15-yards out when he hit receiver Carlton Agudosi for the a touchdown in the corner of the endzone. There was a flag on the play, but it appeared to be on the Ravens for offensive pass interference. 

Outside of his touchdown to Agudosi, Thorson mostly just handed the ball off during the eight reps he was on the field. Still, after a terrible start to camp, Thorson has definitely improved over the last week. 

Stats: 1/3, 1 TD, 0 INT

Grade: B+