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#SalPalEaglesCamp: How the Eagles Pass Defense Is Becoming the Star of Training Camp

The Eagles pass defense is proving to be the strength of this team during training camp. With cornerback Sidney Jones coming back from an achilles injury that kept him sidelined most of his rookie year, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has a platoon of young talent in the secondary to support the savvy veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins, who looks like he has not lost a step from the team’s championship run in 2017.

Jones has been playing in the slot – a key position because Schwartz will put three cornerbacks on the field most of the time. The rangy and tough Rasul Douglas, the steadily improving Jalen Mills and veteran Ronald Darby, who is in a contract year, are competing for playing time on the outside. That competition has been paying dividends all summer.

On Monday when the team was forced to practice indoors due to heavy rain in South Philly, the defense picked off four passes in team drills

Indoor practices on the shortened field are not a true measure of much. But the Eagles offense has been struggling against this voracious secondary most of camp.

On the flip-side, the Eagles wide receivers are just starting to get in a comfort zone. In his first year with the team, veteran Mike Wallace, 32, has flashed the speed that made him a lot of money in Miami and Baltimore. But he dropped a touchdown pass on Monday. First-year offensive coordinator Mike Groh said Wallace is coming around. “I think he’s settling in and finding a comfort zone,” Groh said. “The quarterbacks are starting to find where he’s at and read his body language.”

Note: It’s no wonder the Eagles grabbed former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who was bounced from the Jets and Raiders. Groh recruited him out of high school.

 

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