The Philadelphia Eagles officially kicked off preparations for the 2022 NFL season as they suited up for practices during the Wednesday morning training camp at the NovaCare Complex.
The entire practice lasted 58 minutes, but they were effective as the team worked the red zone.
The training camp kicked off with head coach Nick Sirianni and general manager Howie Roseman addressing the media in various questions about last season and heading into the upcoming season.
Sirianni talked about how there are more walkthroughs this year and that he wants practicing to be intense. This is the high expectations he and the team have.
“This is Philly. So I didn’t feel like expectations weren’t high last year. Our standard was high and the city’s standard was high. That’s not new.” Sirianni said on the high expectations for the 2022 season.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts had a promising start to the training camp. He threw four touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns were caught by the wide receivers duo, DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown.
Gardner Minshew also threw a shovel pass touchdown to Jalen Reagor.
There were a few hiccups. The ball slipped from Hurts’ hands a few times and resulted in interceptions by Marcus Epps. Brandon Graham would have had an interception but it was knocked out of his hands by Lane Johnson, Graham said in a press conference.
Today, the team worked 11v11 and 7v7. They worked on the red zone, which is an important way to start out the camp since Hurts struggled with the red zone last season.
For the most part, the team was healthy and ready to go. Graham returned from an Achilles’ injury and is “full go” at practice. A few players are working through COVID. Jason Kelce, Zach Pascal and Keric Wheatfall did not practice and Fletcher Cox and Anthony Harris had limited practice.
The team is a little rusty, obviously, as most teams should be during the first day. But the team is ready and holding themselves accountable heading into the season. Hurts, Brown and Smith reported to training camp early today to get in more reps.
Brown said that he and Hurts worked out countless times throughout the offseason. They already have chemistry, so the chemistry Hurts and Smith have will be valuable on the field.
“He’s just like me,” Brown said, talking about his and Hurts’ work ethic. “We’re preparing, studying. This morning we got up here really early before anyone else. Preparing, that’s just who he is, me and Jalen, so [we] went over the whole script a couple times and just making sure we’re on the same page and that’s how he prepares. He’s a professional.”
Hurts said he and the team remembers the gut-wrenching feeling they felt after last season’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This only made him hungrier to get back to the field and correct those mistakes.
“Hungry dogs run faster,” said Hurts. Hurts also emphasized and repeated that “We are hungry.”
Today was a “green day,” as noted by coach Sirianni. There will be green, yellow and red days. Yellow days are when the team will dial back, and same with red days.
The team will be back at it again tomorrow at the NovaCare Complex as the team gets ready for the season. The Eagles will face the Detroit Lions in Week 1.
Stay tuned throughout the season as I provide more Philadelphia Eagles coverage in my column, “Birds’ Eye View.”
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