PHILADELPHIA -- How are the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks faring during training camp? Here's an evaluation from Saturday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex:
The Eagles held a “10/10/10” practice, in which they run 10 offensive plays against a scout-team defense, 10 defensive plays against a scout-team offense, followed by 10 minutes of special-teams drills. For quarterbacks, that means five plays each for Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, followed by 10 scout-team plays against the No. 1 defense for Carson Wentz. McLeod Bethel-Thompson made a rare cameo appearance against the first-team defense.
Sam Bradford: Up
Wow moment: We talk a lot about Bradford’s preference for short passes, but when he throws a deep ball it really can be something. On Saturday, for instance, wide receiver Chris Givens got open running a deep post pattern. Bradford’s pass landed right in his hands as Givens opened up and sprinted beyond defensive backs Aaron Grymes and Blake Countess.
Whoa moment: There really weren’t any. Other than the deep throw to Givens, Bradford tossed a bunch of short, accurate passes that probably didn’t add up to what Givens picked up on that one play.
Chase Daniel: Up
Wow moment: After two less impressive days, Daniel was back on top of his game Saturday. A couple of plays after Bradford’s deep throw to Givens, Daniel hit wide receiver Cayleb Jones on a similar play. Cornerback Randall Evans had coverage, but Daniel’s throw went over his head and hit Jones in full stride.
Whoa moment: In his first period of work, Daniel threw for Josh Huff running toward the left corner of the end zone. A good pass would have gone for a touchdown, as Huff had a step on the defense. But Daniel’s throw sailed over Huff’s head and out of bounds.
Carson Wentz: Up
Wow moment: Working against the starting defense in the red zone, Wentz stepped to his left to buy time. He fired a low pass that was caught by wide receiver Deon Jones. Jones, who was practicing for the first time after being signed Friday, beat starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin on the play.
Whoa moment: On the previous play, Wentz threw a pass for wide receiver T.J. Graham, who had a step on McKelvin. Wentz’s pass landed out of bounds, too far for Graham to make a play on the ball.
Who won the day? Wentz was able to throw six red-zone touchdown passes in 10 plays against the No. 1 defense. That gave him the edge over Bradford and Daniel, who were both fine in their more limited opportunities.