The Eagles held the first of a two-day joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, opening doors at the NovaCare Complex for one of the NFL's best teams.
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The practice was a good chance for the Eagles to see how far they were at training camp and how much work they had to do before the first week.
Here's a look at the day of Carson Wentz's quarterback, along with some other practice observations:
Wentz : Wentz and the first-team offense have interrupted their work to go against them Ravens' defense, a unit that is not only one of the best in the league but extremely deep in the secondary.
Although playing against elite defenses, Wentz certainly has its moments. One of his best finishes of the day was a long pass to receiver Alshon Jeffery, a pass that sailed about 40 yards and hit Jeffrey in stride with two defenders in the area. Jeffrey did a great job keeping control of the ball down the road for a long finish. One area where Wentz stood out against the ravens was placing the ball in narrow windows, since there were not many blown covers, if any. His pass pass was a perfect example of Wentz using his arm strength to get the ball out quickly when he hit receiver McHallis in stride through midfield training in the red zone.
However, the Eagles offense did not have a good day in the red zone as a whole. Wentz and the first-team offense played nine games in the 20-yard line, with only one ending with a touchdown and six of the plays ending in unfinished. Wentz was also not terrific with his deep passes against the Ravens, as he had a chance to hit receiver Dason Jackson on the ground for what would probably have been a long shot, but he knocked Jackson down a few yards.
One positive for Wentz was that he did not turn the ball over ̵
Overall, Wentz had a solid but not spectacular day. Given the competition he is running against, however, the Eagles probably left Monday, feeling encouraged by what they saw.
Statistics: 15/30, 1 TD, 0 INT
degree : B-
McCown : McCown, similar Wentz, it should be a little bit of a curve. Not because of the competition, but because it was his first true practice since the end of last season. What was encouraging about McCown was that he was not only picking up on second-team offenses, but was on the line and calling on listeners just two days after signing with the team. McCown was mostly checking the ball down the line, but several times when he tried to hit a receiver beyond 15 yards, he wasn't impressed. He doesn't seem to have the power of a hand like Nate Sudfeld did. It will be interesting to see how much McCone plays Thursday night against the Ravens.
Statistics : 6/18, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rating : C
Thorson : Maybe not a player in the camp has made as many improvements in the last week as Thorson. The rookie got off to a terrible start at training camp, but on Monday he had an impressive day in the reps he received in violation of the Eagles' third team. Thorson had one of the best passes of the day when he found receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside for pushing into the corner of the end zone from about 18 yards out, passing it over the defender and straight into the receiver's arms. He had the best day of any red zone feedback, completing three of his four passes inside the 20 yard break line.
Thorson is still far from being able to play regular season games, but the Eagles should feel encouraged by the progress they have made since the start of camp.
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