Training camp observations: No injuries, INTs yet

Training camp observations: No injuries, INTs yet
July 27, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Through two days of practice, none of the Eagles' quarterbacks — Nick Foles (middle), Matt Barkley (left), Mark Sanchez (right) and G.J. Kinne (not pictured) — has thrown an interception. (AP)

Two days into Eagles training camp, two positives. One, the Eagles haven’t suffered a major injury. Two, none of the four Eagles quarterbacks has thrown an interception.

The first one is more significant, but the second is noteworthy given the widespread concern over the backup spot.

Outside of a hamstring issue plaguing nose tackle Bennie Logan, the Eagles haven’t overflowed the trainer’s tent, even as temperatures elevated near the 90s Sunday with humidity smothering the NovaCare Complex.

Sunday’s practice marked the one-year anniversary of Jeremy Maclin’s ACL tear.

“It’s been so long, but I remember like it’s yesterday,” Maclin said. “It’s pretty cool. I’m happy to be healthy.”

As for the QBs — especially Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley — they’ve looked fairly sharp and decisive when given the opportunity. We’re already accustomed to Nick Foles keeping the ball out of enemy hands. G.J. Kinne (who is facing new odds this camp) has also founds his targets.

Maybe it’s a negative for the defense, but it’s a definitely a good sign for the offense. Of course, the pads come out Monday at the Linc, which tends to raise the level of intensity (see story), so we’ll see if the trends continues.

Other observations from Day 2:

Stock rising
Matt Barkley dismissed his arm-strength skeptics, launching a 40-yard pass downfield to rookie Kadron Boone, who had beaten rookie Davon Morgan in coverage. In a real game, it would have been a touchdown. Some of Barkley’s reps continue to get taken away by G.J. Kinne, but Barkley isn’t going down without a fight (see story).

Stock falling
Not a great day for Eagles safeties or linebackers, as several inside receivers and running backs made deep plays downfield. Nick Foles, Barkley and Sanchez each had completions in the range of 40 yards.

Leap of the day
Rookie receiver Quron Pratt went sky high to snag one over his head from Kinne along the right hash mark. Put him on the hands team.

Sprawl of the day
Inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks lunged head-first to break up a pass from Foles to Darren Sproles in the left flat.

Thread of the day
With great timing and some zip on the ol’ fastball, Sanchez placed one right between Malcolm Jenkins and Nate Allen to hit rookie Jordan Matthews in stride for a first-down along the right seam.

Wheels up
The wheel route has been a prominent -- and productive -- pattern in the offense so far, and not just for Sproles. McCoy and Polk have also made big gains on wheel routes. I’ll have more on this later this week, but the Eagles are better equipped to make big plays on wheel routes this year compared to last season.

Mix and match
Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Bill Davis got creative with personnel pairings, often mixing the starting front seven with the backup secondary or vice-versa. The looks gave Brandon Boykin extra reps at outside cornerback in base defense, along with Nolan Carroll. Carroll made a nice pass breakup

Quote of the day
“He's a very well‑rounded talent. He's got size, he's got length, he's got speed. He's a real tenacious competitor. I love his attitude out there the way he presses and competes and puts his hands on the people, and he's got a good knack for the ball.” -- Bill Davis, on free-agent corner Nolan Carroll.

Up Next
Monday’s practice at the Linc starts at 12:15 p.m. Several former Eagles will be in attendance as part of Alumni Day festivities.

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