Jenkins, Peters Leave Practice Early

Nolan Carroll and Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Nolan Carroll and Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Two of the Eagles’ best players, Malcolm Jenkins and Jason Peters, left the practice field early Thursday with injuries.

It’s a hamstring for Jenkins and a quad for Peters, the team revealed afterwards.

Jenkins was covering Jordan Matthews  one-on-one when he pulled up, then walked gingerly to the sideline. He grabbed the back of his leg while talking to a trainer, was examined briefly in the tent and then went indoors. Ed Reynolds replaced Jenkins in the secondary during the team drills immediately following the injury.

Jason Peters, meanwhile, was slow to get up following a run play. He observed practice from the sideline for a while before eventually going indoors. Matt Tobin jumped in at left tackle in his absence.

The fact that it’s his quad has to be a little concerning. That was the listed injury last year when he was in and out of the lineup and unable to round into his usual form. He explained in November that while the pain was in his quad, the root of the problem apparently is in his back.

“I pinched that nerve in my back. Anytime you pinch a nerve, you’re going to go down pretty tough,” he said at the time.

Peters did not speak after practice and we don’t know for sure whether this is related to what he went through last year. We’ll relay any info once we get it.

“Hopefully he’s healthy,” said Lane Johnson. “We’ll see.”

“He’s been playing well, he’s been doing good, he’s been feeling good.”

Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz Is ‘Right On Track’

Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz only has six training camp practices under his belt so far, but Doug Pederson already likes what he sees from the rookie quarterback.

“Some of the plays he’s made yesterday and through rookie camp, there’s a couple of wild plays that you just go, ‘That’s the kind of quarterback that you know you have.’ He’s right on track, where we want him to be,” Pederson said. “He’s competing every day. He’s learning in the room. He’s asking great questions in the room. Chase [Daniel] has done a great job with him in learning, as well with Sam [Bradford]. Like where he’s at right now.”

However, the plan is still for Wentz to be inactive for games, at least to start the season. Pederson explained Wentz is working to improve mechanically. Read more »

Jason Peters: Last Year Was ‘Hurtful,’ ‘Frustrating’

Jason Peters. (Jeff Fusco)

Jason Peters. (Jeff Fusco)

Jason Peters addressed the media today after practice, talking about Chip Kelly and what went wrong last season for the first time. He echoed many of the sentiments of his teammates, indicating the Eagles’ former coach was intolerant, predictable and bad for veterans.

The offensive lineman was particularly discouraged by Kelly’s lack of adaptability, and how the former coach didn’t make needed changes. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Stoutland On State Of the Offensive Line

Brandon Brooks. (Jeff Fusco)

Brandon Brooks. (Jeff Fusco)

Jeff Stoutland gives each of his linemen areas to work on during the break between OTAs and training camp. By the sounds of it, when Brandon Brooks came looking for his assignment, the o-line coach didn’t have a whole lot to choose from.

“I told him, ‘Boy I’ll tell you what, after evaluating your film in free agency’…I said, ‘some of the things I thought maybe there was some issues with, that’s your strength.’ The use of his hands in protection are unbelievable; getting into the second level and blocking linebackers, he’s been extremely productive doing that,” said Stoutland for a podcast on the team’s website. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: OL Depth Chart Analysis

Jason Peters and Jeff Stoutland. (Jeff Fusco)

Jason Peters and Jeff Stoutland. (Jeff Fusco)

We kicked off this series by looking at the wide receiverslinebackers and defensive linemen. Now, let’s move on to the offensive line.

Current group

Projected starters (left to right): Jason Peters, Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson.

Reserves: C Bruce Johnson, C/G Josh Andrews, C/G Barrett Jones, C/G Stefen Wisniewski, G Malcolm Bunche, G Dillion Gordon, G Darrell Greene, G Isaac Seumalo, G/T Andrew Gardner, G/T Dennis Kelly, G/T Matt Tobin, T Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

Analysis

The Eagles weren’t shy about spending money this offseason on the offensive line in an attempt to counteract Chip Kelly’s years of neglect. Howie Roseman handed Lane Johnson a 5-year, $56.26 million extension, and he signed Brandon Brooks to a 5-year, $40 million deal in free agency. Meanwhile, Jason Peters is in the second season of his 4-year, $41.3 million extension, and Jason Kelce is in the second season of his 6-year, $37.5 million extension. Read more »

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