Eagles OTA Day 1 Notes: QB Reps, Smallwood, Left Guard

Day 1 of the Eagles' OTAs is in the books.

Of course, Tuesday marked the first day Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz shared a football field. Bradford worked with the first team, Chase Daniel worked with the twos and Wentz worked with the third team.

But head coach Doug Pederson said all three quarterbacks took the same number of reps during Tuesday's practice. The first-year head coach said there isn't a negative to splitting reps equally at this time of the year.

"All three of these guys are sharp guys," Pederson said. "I don't have any issues dividing it up three ways. I know once we get into camp we need to get our starter, Sam, more reps. But now I'm not concerned with that."

As he has all offseason, Pederson again said Bradford is his starter and isn't considering a quarterback competition.

"Sam's still the starter," Pederson said. "Carson has a long way to go with this system. He's learning every day, but [Bradford is] the guy."

Missing in action
Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles continued to stay away from the voluntary portion of the spring. Pederson, however, expects Sproles to return for the mandatory camp in June (see story).

Several Eagles were not practicing or were limited on Tuesday. Starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks didn't participate during the team portion of practice because of "tightness" in his legs, not any lingering issues from surgery to repair a torn pectoral last season.

Nolan Carroll, JaCorey Shepherd and Cody Parkey were limited in the practice as they work their way back from injuries. Beau Allen didn't practice but was at the complex. Seen leaving the facility, he said he was OK and would be back this week.

Left guard spot
For now, incumbent starter Allen Barbre is still the Eagles' starting left guard, ahead of a group of others that includes veteran Stefen Wisniewski and rookie Isaac Seumalo.

"Right now, it is Allen Barbre's job," Pederson said. "I think again, that's something we did through the draft and free agency to shore up that spot. I really like where we're at. I like the depth at that position now. But, yeah, Allen Barbre is my guy and he's our starter."

Seumalo will have a chance to challenge Barbre for the job, but can't now. He's back at Oregon State because the school runs on a quarters system. He's in the same boat as running back Byron Marshall and defensive tackle Aziz Shittu.

Smallwood's good first day
Rookie running back Wendell Smallwood had a good first day with the vets in attendance. He looked good running the ball and catching passes out of the backfield.

He did enough to impress his new head coach.

"He's a guy that I think can be explosive," Pederson said. "He's shown some explosiveness. I really like how well he catches the football out of the backfield. I think that's something that's just a gift that he has. He's a natural pass-catcher. I like that part of him. I like his vision. He's another one of those rookies that's learning the game."

Observations from Day 1 of OTAs
• With Hicks out on Tuesday, Najee Goode filled in as the starting MIKE linebackers with Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks.

• At corner, Leodis McKelvin, Ron Brooks and Eric Rowe look like the top three for now with Carroll out. Brooks worked in the slot Tuesday, while Malcolm Jenkins stayed back at safety.

• The first-team defensive ends on Tuesday were Connor Barwin and Vinny Curry. Brandon Graham and Marcus Smith worked with the twos. In the middle, Bennie Logan and Taylor Hart got first-team reps with Cox away and Allen not practicing.

• Rough day for speedy wideout T.J. Graham, who had trouble catching the ball in the rain. He's one of the receivers competing for the final spot or two at the position.

• Wentz had some nice throws and didn't seem to be confused by the offense. Everything looked like it went pretty smoothly for him on Tuesday.

• Brent Celek just keeps being consistent. Made two pretty impressive catches on Tuesday.

• Rodney McLeod made an impressive interception that would have gone for a pick-six in a team period. He jumped a route to pick off a Bradford pass.

• For the first OTA practice of the spring, the practice was pretty rough, almost thumping. This is a big difference from the Chip Kelly era. Combine the rougher-than-normal OTA and the rain and it made for a lot of guys going to the ground, which isn't a normal sight at this time of the year.

• Stupid observation of the day: During one period, receivers coach Greg Lewis started to sprint down the field and really opened up. CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank noted he might still be the team's fastest receiver.

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