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Eagles obligatory minicamp observations (Day 3): Jalen Hurts studying, Kenny Pickett displaying QB2 potential

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have formally hit summer time break, as the ultimate day of obligatory minicamp got here to a detailed on Thursday. The ultimate observe of the spring session lasted simply over 50 minutes, as there weren’t many 11-on-11 performs in that portion of observe. 

This session felt just like the final day of courses, with crimson zone beginning the 7-on-7 portion earlier than the observe was taken to the 35-yard line. The observe definitely had a special vibe than the opposite obligatory minicamp classes, particularly for the reason that Eagles are off for the subsequent seven weeks. 

What occurred on the ultimate day of obligatory minicamp? Here is a rundown of the observe: 

Jalen Hurts nonetheless studying new offense

Hurts admitted 95% of the offense by offensive coordinator is new, which explains the dearth of explosive performs in 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s this spring. The 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 portion tends to favor the offense, however the protection has been ruling the obligatory minicamp. 

Whereas Hurts did fiind Dallas Goedert for a landing on the primary play of 7-on7s, he additionally missed the tight finish on a deep cross. Hurts has been off on his deep throws by way of the open portion of OTAs and minicamp, however he is additionally studying tips on how to grasp a brand new offense.

Bear in mind, it is June. 

Throughout particular groups drills, Brown and Barkley have been going over their routes off the road and scrimmage — sharing notes after the primary 7-on-7 portion of observe. DeVonta Smith was watching each Brown and Barkley and chiming in as effectively. 

Barkley has been lining up as a receiver within the 7-on-7s, that are meant for passing anyway. Intriguing to see how his route working will profit Brown and the way Brown’s breaks will profit Barkley. 

Brown was additionally giving compliments to Grant Calcaterra after he had a catch within the 11-on-11 in observe. 

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There have been some deep passes thrown by the offense on Thursday, however they got here with Pickett on the second group. 

Pickett discovered Johnny Wilson on a go route for a 35-yard landing in 7-on-7s. Wilson leaped over Isaiah Rodgers and took it to the top zone. Wilson used his wingspan to outstretch Rodgers, who appeared to get no less than a part of his finger on the ball. 

Pickett then adopted up discovering Joseph Ngata on a back-shoulder catch in the long run zone. Eli Ricks was in protection, however the catch was additionally an excellent one by Ngata. 

Pickett additionally threw a pleasant cross to Ainias Smith behind the top zone, however the play was dominated a “no catch” as Smith could not get each ft in. The throw-and-catch would have been the play of the observe if Smith might have gotten his ft in. 

At some point after virtually having a decide six off Jalen Hurts, DeJean had a cross breakup on a cross supposed for Shaq Davis to finish the third-down competitors. DeJean’s play led to C.J. Gardner-Johnson celebrating with Brandon Smith because the protection took dwelling the trophy.

The punishment for the offense? The offensive coaches needed to run gassers. 

Rundown of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11

  • Jalen Hurts discovered Dallas Goedert for a landing rolling to his proper. 
  • Reed Blankenship had blanket protection on A.J. Brown which compelled Hurts to not make throw. 
  • Kenny Gainwell had a drop, his second one in consecutive days. C.J. Uzomah and Johnny Wilson additionally had drops.
  • Joseph Ngata beat Kelee Ringo and Tyler Corridor behind the left finish zone on an in-and-out route.
  • Johnny Wilson caught a cross with Brandon Smith in protection. On the subsequent play, Wilson had a drop — however he is proven flashes in camp.
  • The Eagles ran a bunch formation late in crimson zone 7-on-7s, however there was a flag for unlawful man downfield. Ironic with no offensive linemen. 
  • Hurts was pressured, however threw off his again foot to Dallas Goedert — who was extensive open down the left aspect of the sector. Was it an overthrow? Sure, however Hurts was pressured too. 
  • Josh Sweat beat Jordan Mailata in 11-on-11s for a “sack” on Hurts. 
  • E.J. Jenkins had a pleasant catch from Tanner McKee throughout the center, showcasing how he could possibly be in play for a spot on the observe squad this summer time. Jenkins is listed as a decent finish, however performs extra like a reciever. 

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