Eagles Offense Dominates Again in Open Practice
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Carson Wentz usually plays for an 'Audience of One.' On Sunday that expanded to 23,000 plus one as a horde of Eagles fans showed up at Lincoln Financial field for the first open practice of the 2017 season.
And those fans treated their quarterback like a rock star as Philadelphia went through a session that lasted just over two hours.
For the second consecutive day, the Eagles' offense dominated as Wentz had his way with the Philadelphia secondary, which was down a man after Doug Pederson confirmed before practice that rookie cornerback Randall Goforth would miss the season after tearing his ACL on Friday.
The highlight of the day was one-on-one drills between the receivers and defensive backs with the improved pass-catchers dominating, starting with a one-handed circus catch by Jordan Matthews over Malcolm Jenkins.
Things got worse from there as David Watford beat third-round pick Rasul Douglas badly on a 9-route and Nelson Agholor showed some sharp route-running skills by separating time and time again. Meanwhile, Torrey Smith got the best of Patrick Robinson on a deep ball and the improved Marcus Johnson continued his strong summer.
Defensively, the star of the day might have been hard-hitting safety Rodney McLeod, who walloped the much larger LeGarrette Blount on one occasion and also got the best of Zach Ertz on another.
Rookie cornerback Jomal Wiltz had the lone interception of the day for Jim Schwartz's defense.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen