The Eagles’ notes: Davion Taylor tries to make his way into the quarterback turn

Young full-back trying to earn playing time, promising young full-back and comparison from Eagles history to AG Brown.

With the first few days of bootcamp in the books and the pre-season opener just 12 days away, here’s the initial pre-season release this week from Rubie’s 10 Random Eagles Observations.

1. Too many quarterbacks? Well, this is new. The team that brought you Jamar Chaney, Ernie Sims, Zach Brown, Joe Mays, Quinton Caver, Omar Gaither, Matt McCoy, Eric Wilson, Barry Gardner and thousands more now – inhalation – An embarrassment of fortunes at full-back off the ball, with fourth-year non-designer TJ Edwards, rookie Nakobi Dean and veteran free agent Keizer White in the main rotation. And guess who gets off to a great start in the first few days of bootcamp? None other than Davion Taylor, the third-year outside quarterback from Colorado. The conventional wisdom entering camp was that Edwards, Dean and White would get the lion’s share of LB shots. But Taylor makes things really fun. You take it all for what it’s worth early in camp, but Taylor has been as sharp as everyone else in defense so far. He didn’t play badly last year in six starts before getting injured, but so far he’s been a playmaker, energetic, fast, instinctive and athletic. And while it’s too early to say where he fits in between Edwards, Dean and Wyatt, if he continues to do so, Jonathan Gannon will have no choice but to find his own cast. somewhere.

2. Another guy who jumped out of these first few days of training is James Bradbury, and it’s hard to say that’s a surprise, because the guy is a top-level professional who did the Pro Bowl two years ago. But seeing him take off after the snap, you really appreciate how tough the cornerback is. Its size and speed are not world class, but it is very intelligent and sporty, and its measurable capabilities are good enough. Really curious to see Bradberry and Darius Slay in action once the pads are on.

3. I still don’t think Galen Rigor will be here when it’s all said and done, but I give him credit for getting him into camp in great shape and catching the ball when it’s thrown at him. Nothing crazy, nothing to catch a circus, nothing to highlight, but he did what he was asked to do, and to think of where he was last year, it’s good to see. I’m not going to do much of it because it doesn’t mean much in the big picture, but the only thing it does mean is that he has come with more confidence than he has shown at any time in the last year, which is encouraging. I don’t know if Rigor will make any impact in the NFL, but I would simply rather see him catch the ball now than not.

4. Zech McPhearson still has to show off his ability to give the Eagles consistent reps to get out of the pack and solidify the third outer corner point, but one thing I really like is that he doesn’t hold back from anyone. Whether he’s getting a rep against AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, or an uncredited free agent, he’s there in the face fighting. He’s aggressive in coverage, and that really showed up in the early days of camp. He has a little to brag about. It’s early, but it’s come a long way since last year.

5. This is the Eagles’ first training camp since 2012 at Lehigh where non-stop music blasts from huge speakers strategically located throughout the training field. Chip Kelly introduced rock music to the Eagles’ coaching in 2013, saying he believes it teaches players how to focus in tough conditions. Doug Pederson kept the music, and Nick Siriani used it last year. But the music is gone. I haven’t had a chance to ask Sirianni why he pulled the plug, but my hunch is that his practices are done in a fast clip with a great emphasis on efficiency, and with loud music, it must be difficult for players to do so. Hear coaches during or between plays. So if there is a training point or if a player has a question, players and coaches may have trouble hearing each other. Then the next play is delayed while things are arranged, and suddenly the men stand up and training is delayed. We all know that communication is one of Siriani’s core values, and anything that hinders communication in practice is a problem. Even the Eagles now use loudspeakers to call out plays and formations. It’s all about maximum efficiency. Take to the field, get your work done and get off it. Deaf music did not help.

6. Chatting with Devon Allen Saturday really brought home how hard he is trying to do. Not only is he trying to play football for the first time in six years, he is trying to do it at the most competitive level in the world against players who have been doing it for years. “It’s just learning how to play again,” the twice Olympic hurdler said. And trying to do that against elite players after not touching football since 2016. That’s a lot. Allen seems confident and ready to take on a challenge, but he understands what he’s up to. “It’s really fun,” he said. “But this is not easy.”

7. From 1982 through 2000—over 19 seasons—the Eagles didn’t have a single Pro Bowl offensive lineman. Since 2001, they’ve had 30. In fact, from 1970 through 2000 – that’s 31 – the only Pro Bowl offensive linemen were Stan Walters in 1978 and 1979 and Jerry Sismore in 1979 and 1981. Since 2001, nine Various Eagles linen workers made a total of 30 Pro Bowls: Jason Peters (7), Jason Kelce (5), Brandon Brooks (3), Lane Johnson (3), Tra Thomas (3), Evan Mathis (2), Shawn Andrews ( 2) ), German Mayberry (1) and John Runyan (1). Jeff Stutland selected five of his linen workers from a total of 17 Pro Bowls. Amazing.

8. I really have no doubts about Marcus Epps. He will be fine.

9. I’m trying to figure out a comp for AJ Brown from the history of the Eagles and I came up with Irving Fryar. The Eagles’ best wide receivers—and there weren’t many of them—were the long, skinny, wired velocity group. DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, DeVonta Smith etc. was fast and bodily, but he was a few inches taller. different brown. He can run just fine, but he’s thick, strong and powerful and is more likely to pass through you than run around you. The Fryar was of the same mold – a powerful physical receiver that embraced the connection. Brown is going to be fun to watch

10. The last eagle other than Jason Kelsey to start a match at the center? How about that David Molk! The Chargers’ one-time seventh-round pick from Michigan made four starts in his career, and they were all when Kelce missed four games in 2014 due to an athletic hernia. Molk played only six more shots in the rest of his career. Kelsey has played 8,786 shots since his comeback.

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