New receiver look; mistakes abound during grueling session

The Eagles continued training camp on Saturday. Here’s what I saw from Day 15 (Links to Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14):

Just two days after they lost to the Packers, 24-9, in their preseason opener in Green Bay, the Eagles were back in pads for a 2-1/2-hour practice that had “live” hitting periods. The players looked sluggish, in my opinion. Several noted afterward that the team was “down” as a result and after the front office traded wide receiver Jordan Matthews — one of the most popular players in the locker room. I’ll have more in a separate column on the potential repercussions — both good and bad — following the exchange that brought cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles. But first, let’s get to the action on the field, again, in the form of a running diary:

  1. The Eagles’ injury list continued to grow, as expected, following the Packers game. Cornerback Ron Brooks (hamstring) and tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) left the game early and didn’t practice. Receiver Bryce Treggs also watched the session from the sideline. He said he had soreness in his calf. All three said they didn’t expect to be out for very long. Cornerback Aaron Grymes was excused for a personal reason. The following players remained inactive: guard Brandon Brooks (ankle), quarterback Nick Foles (elbow), running back Wendell Smallwood (hamstring), receiver Paul Turner (shoulder), tight end Anthony Denham (calf), and offensive lineman Josh Andrews (hand).

 

  1. The starting receiver lineup on the first-team drill had Torrey Smith and Mack Hollins outside and Nelson Agholor in the slot. Alshon Jeffery continued to sit…

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