Eagles Wrap Up Spring Work
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — The Eagles wrapped up minicamp Thursday with an abbreviated 25-minute session featuring some individual drills and a bit of 7-on-7 red-zone work.
Things were moved indoors due to a sizable morning rain in the area and featured three highlights.
First Carson Wentz tried to hit rookie receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside with a back-shoulder fade, something the lengthy Stanford product excelled with at Stanford and also this spring, but corner Rasul Douglas was draped all lover Arcega-Whiteside. Unfortunately for Douglas, however, a flag was thrown for DPI.
Wentz then connected with former AAF star Charles Johnson, who made a leaping grab at the back of the end zone before another TD was recorded, this one when Nate Sudfeld found the diving 6-foot-6 Carlton Agudosi.
Thursday was the final of 12 spring practices -- nine on-field OTAs [the 10th was canceled for a bowling outing where Alex Singleton bested everyone with a 209] and three minicamp sessions -- and the players now get a six-week break before training camp before they report to training camp on July 24.
Rehabbing defensive backs Rodney McLeod and Ronald Darby continued to work during individual drills and McLeod indicated he would be ready for training camp after practice, although the veteran admitted that the coaches and medical staff could be cautious with him.
Receiver DeSean Jackson, who had a brilliant spring in his return to Philadelphia, was given a maintenance day.
"I appreciate all the hard work this week," coach Doug Pederson said. "... I appreciate their effort, their hard work, their attention to detail."
As for the messaging and what he left the players with as the exit the NovaCare Complex, Pederson focused on rejuvenation for the grind ahead.
"I basically just said 'hey, enjoy the next 5 1/2 weeks, spend time away from football with your family. Spend time with them and friends.' And then ... probably the most important thing is get your mind ready to go, get your mind right in these next couple of weeks. And that's just not players, talking to myself and the coaching staff, everybody, because when we come back in July, we hit the ground running and are ready to go."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen