Because the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t tackling yet in training camp, the main highlight of Sunday’s open practice at Lincoln Financial Field came when receivers were matched up with defensive backs in 1-on-1 drills.
The receivers won nearly every battle against corners who are largely unproven.
But that doesn’t necessarily reflect a deficiency in the corners, as Jalen Mills, a wide-eyed rookie just one year ago, calmly explained after practice.
“You don’t have a pass rush, so those receivers were running all different routes that they wouldn’t get off if there was a rush,” he said. “But it teaches you technique and it teaches you poise.”
Not only that, but it’s all man-to-man with no deep help.
Fact is, the receivers are supposed to dominate that drill every single time.
Cornerbacks arriving late to the scene of a developing play during 7-on-7s or team periods present a more real concern, and it looks like the Eagles aren’t close to being done with that position. Moves will be coming soon.
But the 1-on-1 drills are designed more for the benefit of the players (and fans) than as an evaluation tool for the coaches.
So please … no jumping to conclusions just yet.
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