Eagles prepare to host Ravens for practice this week
It’s going to be hot. It’s going to physical. It’s going to full pads.
Those are typically three ingredients that add to some chippy play and, maybe even, some pushing and shoving. That is not what Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is looking for, however, when his team hosts the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and Tuesday as they prepare to play each other on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
“You want to be physical,” said Pederson. “Obviously, you want to protect yourself, but at the same time we're here to get work in. That was my message to the team (Sunday) morning was that when they come in here, it's not about who's the bully. It's about getting work in, and getting quality work in.
“If you're worried about getting in a fight, then you're in the wrong business. We're here to get better and that's my message to the team.”
Pederson said that there will be no live contact periods as far as going to the ground.
PHOTO: Shareef Miller (left) and Aziz Shittu take the field for Sunday's practice
The last time the Eagles practiced with another team as two years ago when the Miamia Dolphins visited, a trip that was highlighted by the return of former Eagles Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso.
The only former Eagle on the Ravens’ roster is quarterback Joe Callahan, who was in camp with the Eagles last year. There’s another quarterback on the roster who will be an interesting watch, however, and that is Penn State’s Trace McSorley.
McSorley was drafted 30 spots after the Eagles chose quarterback Clayton Thorson.
This will be the second time this summer the Ravens will practice with another team, having done so earlier this summer with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“This is a good football team coming in here,” said Pederson. “This is the No. 1 ranked NFL defense a year ago. Offense is explosive and they have a great, elusive quarterback (Lamar Jackson). This will be a good test for both sides of the ball for us and so we're excited about that.”
Brooks not fully cleared
Right guard Brandon Brooks has yet to be cleared for full team drills … yet.
He has been given the green light to do some one-on-one work and if all goes well this week, he could get the OK to participate in team drills for the final two weeks leading up to the season opener against the Washington Redskins.
VIDEO: Brandon Brooks talks about his return to playing
“I still got time,” said Brooks. “The biggest indications will be this week, with the one-on-ones. We’ll see how I feel versus not just our defensive players but from another team. If everything feels good, progress from there.
“This was always the progression. With the team drills you have a lot more around you with guys falling on the ground, thing like that, (as far as the one-on-ones), it’s the best way you can get live contact and control is in one-on-ones so that’s why we start there. I feel good.”
Jeffery raring to go
Receiver Alshon Jeffery is one of several starters who haven’t played in the preseason.
Of course, Jeffery didn’t play in any of the four exhibition games last year, either, but that was for a different reason. He was rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder suffered during the 2017 Super Bowl season.
He is fully heathy this year, and had a solid training camp.
“If you practice hard, it’ll carry over,” said Jeffery. “Preseason is preseason, but I feel like once the regular season starts, I’m ready to go … I feel like it’s 2017, I feel pretty good.”
Quote of the day
“I think that opportunity is all he’s really asking for. And I’ve made that known here over the last few years, multiple times. That whenever there’s an opportunity for us to add a quarterback I want to make sure his name is in the conversation. Obviously they didn’t make that decision but I’ll continue to bang the table for him." - Safety Malcolm Jenkins on unsigned QB Colin Kaepernick.
• The Eagles released Paul Worrilow. The 29-year-old linebacker never could quite healthy again after tearing an ACL during OTAs in 2018.
• Defensive end Josh Sweat popped up on the team’s injury report. He was listed as day to day with a knee injury.
• Ronald Darby took some reps during 11-on-11 team work, which was the first time he has done that after surgery to repair his ACL last year. It is a step in the right direction for the cornerback.
• The Eagles’ practice was a 10-10-10, but it was notable for a dropped pass by Mack Hollins who was wide open deep. Hollins is trying to fend off competiotoin from Greg Ward, Marken Michel and Carlton Agudosi for a roster spot.