Eagles' perspective on Patriots' practice

August, 12, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will practice together on Tuesday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, and here are some Eagles-based links that highlight their perspective at this point of training camp:

Not generating enough pressure. Phil Sheridan and Andy Jasner cover the Eagles for ESPN.com's NFL Nation, and Sheridan points out how the Eagles weren't satisfied with the pressure they generated in the preseason opener. That might be welcome news for the Patriots' top offensive line, which had some struggles last week against Washington.

Sanchez with strong opening performance. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Daily News reviews the film from the preseason opener against Chicago and backup quarterback Mark Sanchez showed well, while starter Nick Foles had a couple of notable mistakes.

Learning about the Y-Cross. Sheil Kapadia of Philadelphia Magazine takes us in-depth on how the width of the football field (53 1/3 yards) is important to note when it comes to studying Chip Kelly's offense, and how the Y-Cross is a staple to watch.

Adjusting to tighter officiating with defensive holding and illegal contact. In a storyline that has generated momentum in various NFL training camps, including New England, Zach Berman of Philly.com writes on how Eagles cornerbacks are vowing to remain physical despite a point of emphasis on holding and illegal contact penalties.

Getting to know the top pick. Eagles first-round draft choice Marcus Smith (26th overall) has been playing behind outside linebackers Trent Cole and Connor Barwin, and the Associated Press writes on how his 40-snap debut in the preseason opener was defined more by his ability in coverage than his pass-rush explosion. Smith also is looking forward to joint practices with New England. "But Tom Brady is a guy I grew up watching and idolizing a little bit, because remember I was a quarterback in high school. So, he was one of those guys I always watched," he said. Dave Spadaro of the Eagles' official website also focuses on the team's second-round pick, receiver Jordan Matthews.

Eagles expect intensity. Jason Wolf of USA Today writes on how the Eagles are expecting a high intensity environment, with safety Malcolm Jenkins saying how he enjoys joint practices. "I think it brings you closer together because you really got to have each others' back while you're out there," Jenkins says.

Who's picking a fight? With a lighthearted touch, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com picks five possible fights that could unfold. Patriots guard Logan Mankins might take offense from being left off the list.

Eagles won’t be intimidated. Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com reflects on last year’s joint practices and how the Eagles want to bring more energy and intimidation this year.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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