Notebook on Cam Jurgens, Jalen Hurts Decision-Making, and More

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This is the week of training camp where one phase (NovaCare Complex workouts open to a select crowd) ends, one phase (joint workouts in Cleveland) begins, and another phase (pre-season games) continues, this times on the road.

The Eagles held a spirited practice Sunday in full pads, and the rest of the week looks like this: step-by-step practice, film work and conditioning on Monday; full day training with walkthrough on Tuesday; day trip to Cleveland on Wednesday; and joint practices with the Browns on Thursday and Friday before the Saturday game-watching tour. At 1 p.m. — odd for a preseason game, yes, but a chance for the Eagles to follow their routine for 1 p.m. regular season games — Sunday is time against Cleveland.

Let’s keep up to date with everything that’s happening with the Eagles, as we’re less than four weeks away from the opener in Detroit…

1. Cam Jurgens is next… Cam Jurgens

It’s so unfair to say that rookie lineman Cam Jurgens, who started Friday night at center, is next. The media has portrayed him as a player who “looks like” Jason Kelce, and there’s no doubt that there are similar traits. But let’s put the brakes on the idea that Jurgens is the ‘next Jason Kelce’. That’s the message from head coach Nick Sirianni.

“He played a good game. Obviously I don’t want to compare him to Jason Kelce right now. Jason Kelce has been playing at a high level for so long,” Sirianni said. “There are definitely comparisons, and we’ve seen that. Every time you rate a guy on a college tape, you’re trying to do a comparison to paint a picture of what you’re seeing. So that was the comparison that we saw in Nebraska. And of course, yeah, the way he moves, shoots, gets to the second tier, a lot of similarities.”

Jurgens is in line to start again in Cleveland, so he has a big week ahead of him.

2. Jalen Hurts plays in and out of pocket

Jalen Hurts was perfect in his only practice Friday night, completing all six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. He did it a number of ways – roll right and throw running, escape the pocket and use his legs and win from the pocket. Sirianni liked what he saw from No. 1 when it came to decision making.

“I thought he was awesome,” Sirianni said. “He made pocket plays when he needed to make pocket plays and when he needed to escape he escaped. I think it’s interesting, I think it takes also know that leaving the pocket isn’t just something you see when the protection fails. I think people think, oh, we left the pocket early, and the protection was good. Well, sometimes nobody isn’t open. And sometimes the defense calls a good play and it’s not a good peek into coverage.

“So it’s not as easy to say the protection broke down so he left, because it’s obvious. I think the thing that’s not so obvious is, again, what I said someone slipped on a road or the defense played good coverage and there was nobody open and he’s trying to create with a scramble I think he made a great job. I think he played a good game of football, first training, and we’ll just look to build on that.”

3. Bumps and bruises department

It was great to see wide receiver DeVonta Smith back on the field after missing five days of practice with a groin injury. Goaltender Landon Dickerson sat out Friday night’s preseason opener with foot pain, but practiced on Sunday and running back Kenneth Gainwell was back on the field after missed some time due to a hip injury. Also back on the training ground: safety Jaquiski Tartt, absent for personal reasons. Tight end Grant Calcaterra and offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark remain with hamstring injuries and defensive tackle Javon Hargrave is out with a toe injury that is unlikely to persist in the regular season. Jason Kelce is still sidelined after undergoing a routine procedure to clean his right elbow. Wide receiver Greg Ward remains out with a toe injury and running back Boston Scott is still out with a concussion. Running back Miles Sanders did not practice Sunday due to leg pain.

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