The Eagles held their first coaching camp observe on Wednesday and a handful of gamers spoke to reporters following their reps. Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith, and A.J. Brown talked about their work collectively in the course of the offseason and establishing routines. Fletcher Cox talked about a number of the younger guys, together with Milton Williams and Jordan Davis, and Brandon Graham couldn’t conceal his pleasure to be again on the sector.
Here’s a few of what the fellows needed to say:
The quarterback talked about how he and A.J. Brown received to the ability tremendous early on Wednesday, however that’s simply the form of work ethic the 2 have, alongside with DeVonta Smith who meets up with them too.
“We put so much work in in the offseason with A.J. [Brown], Dallas [Goedert], Smitty [DeVonta Smith], everybody. Everybody putting 1,000 reps in, a whole bunch of reps, so we can come out here and play ball at a high level and continue what we’ve built. So, we’re taking it day-by-day with our preparation, our routine, trying to be consistent.”
Hurts elaborated on attempting to get right into a routine as they begin getting the texture for the coaching camp schedule. He mentioned that there’s quite a lot of time administration that goes into it, and attempting to determine how a lot time he has earlier than and after observe and conferences, and what he desires to fill that point with. The QB famous, nonetheless, he doesn’t need the fellows to get too far forward of themselves and tries to maintain everybody within the second.
He talked some extra about being collectively as a gaggle within the offseason, not simply in Philly however across the nation and doing issues each on the sector and off to deepen their bond. That’s all culminating within the work they’re doing now, and since they’ve that established rapport, they’re in a position to have some extra enjoyable and confidence early on in camp.
Something else giving him confidence is having the identical play caller and coach in back-to-back years since taking part in for his Dad in highschool.
Cox was restricted at Wednesday’s observe as a part of his COVID development. The DT famous that he’s feeling a lot better now than he was every week in the past, however it’s been about two weeks now that he’s been affected.
He was requested in regards to the variations within the coaching camp schedules now in comparison with his early years, and he famous that he “absolutely” appreciates shorter practices and extra walk-throughs at this stage in his profession. Cox identified, nonetheless, that they must benefit from the reps they get throughout their two-hour practices and take advantage of all of the walk-through time, as properly.
As for a number of the youthful guys, Cox mentioned that Milton Williams is practising so much quicker and is doing issues otherwise now that he’s in his second coaching camp. The DT veteran additionally talked about rookie Jordan Davis getting into his first coaching camp.
“It’s going to take Jordan some time to adjust to the way we practice, the way we fly around, and he’ll get there. We don’t expect him to get there in the next week, week or so, but we expect him to get there. He’s the guy. They drafted him in the first round and everybody’s excited for him, everybody wants to teach him — and he’s willing to learn, which is always a good part.”
The extensive receiver talked about heading into his second coaching camp with QB Jalen Hurts and the way issues are slightly quicker, and the timing and communication is best as the 2 proceed to work collectively. Smith talked about that he and Hurts received additional work in outdoors of group actions this offseason.
Smith additionally talked in regards to the WR group, and the way it was good to have A.J. Brown within the room — somebody with extra expertise than quite a lot of the receivers. He went on to elucidate that they’re targeted on the smaller elements of their recreation, and whereas every man has his personal stuff to work on, his particularly consists of turning his foot on the high of his routes, and different particulars like that.
“It was very passionate — as soon as I came out to some cheers. I definitely feel the love. You know, ever since I’ve been here in Philly, the city’s been showing me love and you know, I appreciate it wholeheartedly. And now, it’s my job to go do what I do, have fun, and play some football.”
Echoing what Smith talked about, Brown mentioned that he and Jalen Hurts met up “countless” occasions all through the offseason to get some work in. It was crucial for them to get these additional reps so once they received to coaching camp they had been on the identical web page and able to go.
The extensive receiver later defined why he felt it was essential to talk out on Twitter in assist of Hurts after a report indicated a poor OTA efficiency affected the group’s confidence within the beginning QB.
“It’s important because, number one, it’s the quarterback on my team. Number one. And he’s my friend, number two, you know, and the story wasn’t true. False narratives come out quarterbacks, and this and that, and guys gotta understand, it’s practice. Just like today was an interception — it was a great play by the DB. You gotta understand, like, these are the times that we try things. I’m not going to win every rep, he’s not going to make every throw, and that’s just a part of it.”
Brown mentioned that he and Hurts received to the ability round 6-6:30 AM forward of Wednesday’s first observe. They had been a number of the first guys within the constructing and try to get right into a routine and get on the identical web page.
“I’m so excited just being back with the guys. Just a new appreciation of being gone and now having another opportunity to be back with the Philadelphia Eagles, and man, we got a good team and I want to take full advantage every day we get to spend together. Because we got something special, but we gotta put that work in everyday. It’s not just going to come to because of what it says on paper.”
Graham confirmed that he has no restrictions heading into camp, and that his restoration was truly higher than when he injured his knee early in his profession. The veteran lauded the medical employees, conditioning employees, and coaches all working collectively to create a schedule that retains guys as wholesome as attainable, and that staying wholesome is among the group’s priorities.