Project Eagles Work Out 2 players release ‘limited’ injury report
The Philadelphia Eagles entered Week 1 with a clean injury report. They ended up losing Derek Barnett in Game 1, but everyone else seemed to come out on top. Credit a light training camp to keep them healthy.
The Eagles returned to the practice field Thursday to prepare for the Minnesota Vikings. The team has listed six starters as “limited attendees” ahead of this Week 2 game: DT Fletcher Cox, C Jason Kelce, G Landon Dickerson, T Lane Johnson, G Isaac Seumalo, DE Josh Sweat. None of them have been slowed by injury.
The Eagles gave the six guys veteran days off to soothe the aching bones they had since Sunday. However, there was a legitimate injury on the report – tight end Jack Stoll is struggling with an ankle issue. If he can’t go, look for the team to release rookie Grant Calcaterra.
Head coach Nick Sirianni spoke about the atmosphere in the locker room during his meeting with the media before training. His message to the team? Connect and grow.
“We talked a lot about connection today. Really, we still go through the same process every week,” Sirianni told reporters. “Then we’re going to have a theme of the week, a message of the week, and this week it’s all about connecting, which happens to be our first core value. Again, with that, you always want that they grow with their relationships with each other.
“It’s not just going to help them off the pitch, but it’s going to help them on the pitch. That was the discussion. It is not the best individuals who win in this sport. They are the best individuals in a team. The best team wins. So that was the main message this morning.
Eagles develop 2 offensive line projects
Philadelphia is in the market for a new offensive line draft after losing Kayode Awosika to Detroit. They began the process of filling his spot on the roster by working Keaton Sutherland (not to be confused with Kiefer Sutherland) and Parker Ferguson. Both players went undrafted out of college (Sutherland in 2019, Ferguson in 2021).
Sutherland is the most polished prospect having appeared in six games, including two starts, during stints with the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder is very versatile – with right guard, left guard, right tackle Texas A&M experience — and was tagged a “priority free agent” after the 2019 NFL Draft. Here’s a scouting report, via NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein:
Well-built guard prospect who plays with good upper and lower body power, but is inconsistent as both a run blocker and pass protection due to bending and mirroring the inconsistent knee. Size and strength are NFL caliber and he was able to help himself in Shrine game practices and his pro day. His pass protection issues are more physical than technical, so they will be difficult to fix in the long run. Sutherland has some limitations and needs more work, but the traits could land him on an NFL roster in the future.
Meanwhile, Ferguson was published by the New York Jets on August 9 after spending the 2021 campaign on injured reserve. The 6-foot-4, 306-pounder started 12 games at left tackle as a senior in the Air Force while moving around the line in lopsided sets.
He also saw time at right tackle, right guard and left guard in college. Ferguson is better at blocking runs than protecting passes, Green Nation Gang.
“During Parker Ferguson’s three-year career with the Falcons, the Air Force averaged less than 10 pass attempts per game,” wrote David Wyatt Hupton. “When it comes to pass blocking, Ferguson is always raw and inexperienced. However, he also plays with great leverage and balance, and has extensive area blocking experience in the running game.
Sirianni assesses new DE Janarius Robinson
The Eagles stole defensive end Janarius Robinson from the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad on Tuesday. He’s a crazy athlete, full of potential. On Thursday, Sirianni joked that he was humming the Florida State fight song as he walked past Robinson who was having lunch with Josh Sweatshirt at the cafeteria. Both players are proud veterans.
Sirianni and general manager Howie Roseman watched a lot of tapes from Robinson ahead of the 2021 draft.
“I liked him and Howie liked him, and his staff and we saw a way to improve our roster,” Sirianni said of Robinson. “He’s big. He’s a big man. It was nice seeing him and Josh having lunch together the other day, so I might have hummed the Florida State fight song chant when I passed him by, but he’s a great guy.
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