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    10 observations from Day 1 of Eagles' OTAs

    There was finally some football in South Philly on Tuesday as the Eagles kicked off the first round of their OTAs. 

    Aside from a few notable absences - Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters, Donnie Jones, Marcus Smith - the Eagles had just about everyone on the field (see story)

    Here are 10 observations from Tuesday's practice: 

    1. Here's how the first-team offense looked: 
    QB: Carson Wentz
    RB: LeGarrette Blount
    TE: Zach Ertz
    OL (left to right): Lane Johnson, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Halapoulivaati Vaitai
    WR: Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews

    2. Here's how the first-team defense looked: 
    LDE: Brandon Graham
    LDT: Destiny Vaeao
    RDT: Tim Jernigan
    RDE: Vinny Curry
    LBs: Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Mychal Kendricks
    S: Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod
    CB: Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson

    Note: In the nickel package, rookie third-rounder Rasul Douglas came on the field as an outside cornerback and Mills slid into the slot. 

    3. Early in the practice, in an offense-only drill, the Eagles were trying to audible into a new play, but there was some confusion with Blount, who didn't seem to know the play. Blount is still obviously learning the playbook, but it shows the respect they have for him that he was working with the ones already. 

    4. The play the Eagles wanted to get into during that drill was a good one. Wentz rolled out to his right and found Jeffery streaking across the field. The two seem to be getting on just fine. 

    Although later in 11-on-11s, Wentz tossed up an ill-advised pass deep to Jeffery in tight coverage and the ball was picked by McLeod. Jeffery will win a lot of battles, but that one was too much. 

    5. Linebacker Joe Walker and cornerback Ron Brooks were on the field on Tuesday but didn't participate in team drills. Walker (ACL) and Brooks (quad tendon) are both recovering from significant injuries. 

    6. The Eagles lined up a few times with Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey on the field together. Those few times, Sproles was in the backfield and Pumphrey lined up in the slot. It's early, but we might get to see some creativity from Doug Pederson with these two this year. 

    7. Dillon Gordon, whom the Eagles signed as an undrafted rookie last year, did something interesting on Tuesday. The offensive tackle, who played tight end in college, took a few reps at tight end in limited offensive drills. That's intriguing because if he could play the role of an extra tackle during the season, he'd have something Matt Tobin doesn't: the ability to actually become a receiver, not just an eligible one. 

    8. Robinson, who is getting run at corner with the first team, won a jump ball with Dorial Green-Beckham on a deep ball. It was an impressive play by Robinson, but DGB mistimed his jump. 

    The best defensive play of the day came from Najee Goode in 7-on-7s. The veteran backup linebacker and special teamer dropped back and dove backward to break up a pass off the hand of Nick Foles. 

    9. Obviously, there's no hitting yet, but Derek Barnett had a good first day going against the vets. Sure, Johnson completely shut him down on one play, but Barnett showed off a variety of moves. 

    10. The Eagles' two rookie receivers worked with the third team on Tuesday, while DGB and Nelson Agholor worked with the twos. Shelton Gibson showed off his quickness and Mack Hollins' size and speed combo wasn't any less impressive. Also, Hollins wasn't wearing gloves, but it didn't seem to affect his ability to catch. 

    Stupid observation of the day: Thanks to his afro and thick beard, Seumalo kind of looks like a lion with a mane.