4. The defense has a lot of speed and isn’t afraid to unleash it
The Eagles are quick everywhere on defense, in part attributable to being in Jonathan Gannon’s scheme for a second summer. The Eagles are ready defensively, having been fed the X’s and O’s to mentally digest before actually going out and attacking. Of course, preseason games are another opportunity to see the nuances of parts of the defense and then the regular season is a whole different deal.
5. As for the CB tandems, Darius Slay and James Bradberry fit the bill
These two veterans play off each other and that was pretty evident from the first day of camp. They bonded instantly, they push each other competitively, they work well personality-wise. Slay matches against any wide receiver and gives the Eagles that kind of flexibility. Bradberry does the same and also has the bigger build to match the physicality of the big wideouts the Eagles will see this season. Those two, plus Avonte Maddox at nickel, make for a proven trio to work with in coverage.
6. Connecting as a team is a huge priority and is going really well
It happens every day at the NovaCare Complex and it happened again Sunday night and with trips to Cleveland and Miami and joint practices and multiple nights against both the Browns and Dolphins, it will go even deeper in August. This is a team that gets along, gets along with head coach Nick Sirianni, and does everything they can individually and collectively to connect with the fans.
7. The rookie class looks ready to compete
I don’t know how much playing time they’ll get or what individual roles they’ll have, but the rookie class hasn’t been overwhelmed yet, and believe me, it’s easy to see when that happens for a first-time NFL player. . This is a mature group that is showing their stuff in Training Camp. I can’t wait to see the rookies in preseason games and joint practices.
8. The preseason games are when the Eagles will learn a lot about their special teams
Coordinator Michael Clay knows he has a great kicking game and has no worries. It’s the coverage and return phases that take time to come together and since there’s no way to simulate “live action” in Training Camp, preseason games take on a lot of importance. The Eagles want a more productive return game and will look closely at punt return candidates and punts in those games. Never say a preseason game doesn’t mean anything. There are definitely sites on the line here.