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Practice Report (7/30): Notes from practice No. 4


It was a perfect day for football at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Sunday, with a light breeze and temperatures barely in the 70's. After a day off on Saturday, the team was back in shells with helmets. They will have the same configuration on Monday before being in pads for the first time on Tuesday afternoon.

* Sterling Shepard was back on the practice field with his teammates after spending all of spring OTA's and minicamp working on the side with the trainers. Shepard tore his ACL in Week 3 of the 2022 season and had been running routes against air dating back to spring workouts. In red zone 1-on-1's early in practice, he shook he defensive back with a little double-move before catching a touchdown pass. 

* Isaiah Hodgins and Jalin Hyatt also pulled down touchdown passes during red zone 1-on-1's, while Adoree' Jackson and Deonte Banks had pass break-ups. During 11-on-11's, rookie cornerback Tre Hawkins made a difficult diving pass break-up to prevent a catch. Later, Darnay Holmes got his hands up to prevent a catch on a deep ball.

* Lawrence Cager had a one-handed catch over the middle during practice.

* Daniel Jones demonstrated his superior chemistry with Darius Slayton, connecting with him on a deep ball. He released the ball before Slayton came out of his break, and hit him in perfect stride in front of tight coverage. Later, Jones hit a jumping Slayton with a deep ball.

* The offensive play of the day came from Tyrod Taylor, finding rookie Jalin Hyatt with a rainbow pass deep down the middle for what would have been a touchdown.

* The team continues to work on running plays in 11-on-11 despite the fact no one is wearing pads. On one play, Saquon Barkley got a pitch play, with John Michael Schmitz pulling front of him to clear a linebacker.

* In the final play, the starting offense was given a chance against the defense to put the ball in the end zone from close range. Daniel Jones was pressured by Dexter Lawrence and Xavier McKinney into rolling out. He likely would have been sacked in a real game; but play continued and he flipped a jump ball that resulted in a one-handed pickoff by a leaping Jason Pinnock.

* Next practice is Monday at 10 a.m.

View photos from Sunday's training camp practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.



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