The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles are once again matching up in joint practices in advance of their Thursday night preseason game. We’ve already had three injury scares in the first practice and very few highlight videos due to the Eagles' media regulations.
While we are all used to getting updates from Camryn Justice, Tony Grossi, Zak Jackson, Fred Greetham and the rest of the Browns beat writers, we also wanted to get a feel for what Philadelphia’s beat was saying about the visitors this week. One of which took at jab at Cleveland’s team on Sunday.
On the first day of practice, we got a lot of interesting notes from the Eagles beat writers:
Myles Garrett Impressing
Non-Eagles tweet: I would take Myles Garrett over Nick Bosa in half a heartbeat.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 14, 2023
Defensive Line as a Whole Controlling the Great Philly OLine
Gotta say Browns D-line has gotten better of Eagles O-line so far. Myles Garrett has had success going against Mailata— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) August 14, 2023
Despite the early jab at the team, and numerous comments from Eagles fans deriding him as a shock jock type, Eliot Shorr-Parks was keeping the stats:
I have the Browns defensive line down with 6 sacks so far v Hurts and 1st team offense. Might be 1-2 more that we’re close. Rough day for offense #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) August 14, 2023
Browns Corners Playing Tough Against Top-Flight WRs
Despite the lauding and despite Martin Emerson being in the right place here against one of the best in the league, A.J. Brown, the Philly receiver still pulls it in:
Jalen Hurts-AJ Brown connection in 1 on 1s vs Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/etxpL7jO0J— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 14, 2023
A good sign that the quicker receiver was matched up with Denzel Ward while the bigger receiver was working with Emerson. DC Jim Schwartz wants to play to his players’ strengths and this is a sign of it.
Cleveland’s Offensive Line Struggles Versus Great Defensive Line
Haason Reddick and Nolan Smith both separately “sacked” Deshaun Watson. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 14, 2023
Practice ends as — drum roll — Jalen Carter sacks Watson. JC was a beast today. #Eagles— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) August 14, 2023
Josh Sweat just “sacked” Deshaun Watson. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 14, 2023
Deshaun Watson Not Looking Crisp
Deshaun Watson picked off by Reed Blankenship after ball was nearly picked by Zach Cunningham but bounced off the LB’s hands. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 14, 2023
To be fair, as noted by the same beat group, Jalen Hurts didn’t look good today either but he has far less to prove.
Not Great From Cleveland’s Receivers
Browns receivers having a hard time catching ball on this 11-11 session— Ed Kracz (@kracze) August 14, 2023
We will be back tomorrow with even more from Eagles writers including summary notes about what they saw from the Browns.