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It is early.
Don’t forget that when you read this stock report from Eagles training camp. The Eagles have held three practices so far this summer. One was 58 minutes long, one 1:15 and one 1:30. There is a long way to go.
But every day of the summer, we’ll have a chance to take a step back, reflect, and give you some players who deserve to be in the “stock” category and some who are in the “stock down” category.
Let’s get to it:
S Marcus Epps
The Eagles have talked about Epps all season long and he has proven them so far during camp. Epps has gotten all the first-team reps at safety through three practices and has looked very strong. He had a big cut on Day 1 of camp after a Jalen Hurts throw and was very solid beyond that.
LB TJ Edwards
It won’t be easy to get Edwards off the field. Despite the addition of Kyzir White and Nakobe Dean, Edwards still deserves playing time and is already proving it this summer. The knock on Edwards is that he lacks coverage ability, but that hasn’t been an issue this summer. He’s been all over the court knocking down passes.
LB Davion Taylor
Coming into this camp, Taylor was the forgotten guy in his room. While Taylor primarily runs the two, he has had some really impressive plays over the first three days. He had a very strong practice Friday, with an INT off a deflection and a long pass breakup to Boston Scott.
TE Dallas Goedert
For all the talk about AJ Brown — and he’s looked good, too — Goedert has been extremely reliable and consistent throughout the first part of training camp. He’s been Jalen Hurts’ favorite target early on and is in for a monster season.
S Andre Chachere
Interceptions in consecutive practices put you on the “stock” list. Chachere is considered by many to be a special teams ace, but he shines on defense. After a big pick on Friday, he earned some first-team reps on Saturday and made the most of them, selecting Hurts in the first period of team drills.
CB Mac McCain III
The Eagles have 12 cornerbacks on the roster. After Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Avonte Maddox and Zech McPhearson, there are eight players competing for just one or two jobs. McCain has been placed at the top of the second category. He was the outside corner opposite McPhearson with the second team and already has several impressive pass breakups.
RB Miles Sanders
I know a lot was made of Sanders’ work with the second team on Friday — which it absolutely was — but that doesn’t mean Sanders hasn’t looked good this summer. In fact, this summer he looks even bigger and more explosive. He has smashed some impressive runs so far. He still needs to work on catching passes, but he will be the feature back.
S K’Von Wallace
With Anthony Harris working out again and Jackie Tartt still learning the defense, Wallace got some first-team reps the first two days and didn’t make the most of them. Had some tough times on Day 1 and Day 3, Chachere was the guy rotating with Harris at the second safety spot.
WR Devon Allen
The return to football hasn’t been as smooth for Allen as he probably hoped. While he said he gained 10kg in his attempt to return to the sport, the world hurdler struggled at first. Of course, that’s to be expected for a 27-year-old who hasn’t played football since 2016. Hopefully, he can get up enough to really use his speed over the summer.
QB Carson Strong
The UDFA from Nevada got $320,000 guaranteed, so he has a good shot to make the roster. So far in camp, though, he’s splitting third-team reps with incumbent third-stringer Reid Sinnett. Strong has a rocket of an arm, but he hasn’t connected on any deep balls. We’ve seen some notable misses the last couple of days, including one that landed about 5-6 yards out of bounds. This simply cannot happen.
WR Zach Pascal
The veteran wide receiver missed the first three days of camp with food poisoning. He’s back on the field, but I’m guessing his energy is gone. Food poisoning is an absolute bear.
DT Milton Williams
The first injury of training camp belongs to Louisiana Tech sophomore defensive lineman. He missed Saturday’s session with an elbow injury. Hopefully it’s nothing serious and he’ll be back out there soon. The good news for Williams is that his roster spot is pretty secure.
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