Eagles TC Day 11: The Daily Hookup and Ostman to IR
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — In what has become an almost daily routine at Eagles camp DeSean Jackson ran by a cornerback and made things easy for Carson Wentz, resulting in a long touchdown.
On Tuesday the victim was Rasul Douglas but all the outside corners have taken turns chasing the 32-year-old speedster and none of them have been having much success, a reality that has many dreaming about the impact that Jackson will have on the offense come the regular season.
"Having a guy out there like that means a safety has to stay over the top," second-year tight end Dallas Goedert told 973espn.com earlier in camp. "It's going to make things a lot easier for guys like me underneath."
Wentz tried to go to a similar well later in practice but overthrew Jackson, resulting in a center field-interception for Rodney McLeod, who continues to mix back into team drills as camp progresses.
In other on-field action, Mack Hollins returned to 7-on-7 drills after missing some time with a hip injury in what is shaping up as a big summer for the young wideout. It's unlikely that Hollins will be cleared to play Thursday in the preseason opener against Tennessee, though, because he has not been cleared for team drills yet.
Rookie running back Miles Sanders continued to get more first-team reps and fellow freshman, QB Clayton Thorson, a player who had been struggling, had his best throw of camp, hitting Greg Ward in stride deep down the field for a touchdown.
Backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld's biggest issue continues to be processing time and the backup QB was sacked by Josh Sweat on one occasion while holding onto the football too long.
The Eagles made a couple of roster moves as well, most notably putting popular defensive end Joe Ostman on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL.
A dominant pass rusher in college at Central Michigan, Ostman went undrafted due to perceived size limitations but carved out a role on the practice squad and scout team by mimicking players like Aaron Donald, Cameron Jordan, and Khalil Mack. Everyone from Jim Schwartz to Doug Pederson to Mike Groh noted how important Ostman was in helping others get prepared each and every week.
In the offseason general manager Howie Roseman noted how excited the organization was with Ostman'd development and he was one of the stars early in camp often making life miserable for Jordan Mailata as the second-team left end. Schwartz had even begun tinkering with a joker look in which Ostman would be a stand-up pass pasher in order to get him on the field.
After practice, Ostman met reporters and said he knew it was a serious injury on the field and said the coaching staff had intimated he was on a good track to make the team and garner a role on the defense.
To replace Ostman on the 90-man roster the Eagles signed Kasim Edebali, 29, a native of Germany who played his college ball at Boston College. An undersized OLB/DE hybrid, Edebali has spent time with New Orleans, Denver, Detroit, the LA Rams, Chicago and Cincinnati, amassing 8 sacks over what has been a journeyman career.
The Eagles also waived/injured offensive tackle Casey Tucker and signed cornerback Ajene Harris. A Southern Cal product, Harris was a tryout player at rookie minicamp in the spring while Tucker was in concussion protocol after getting in a bit of a dust-up with Shareef Miller.
As for the preseason opener coach Doug Pederson said his staff will have a personnel meeting later today to decide on the plan for the Titans game and how much if any time the key veterans will get in the game.
“I think it can be helpful but it’s not necessary,” Wentz said when discussing potential preseason work.
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