The Eagles were busy with their third scrimmage of the summer on Sunday, completing a situational practice. A situational practice, you ask? A situational practice.
The scrimmage featured six game-simulated end-of-half/fourth-quarter situations in which the offense and defense squared off with limited time on the clock as well as a limited number of timeouts.
Chase Rettig threw 18 of 32 for 168 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Josh Bordner struggled as well, going 6 for 9 for 55 yards and two interceptions including one by true freshman Justin Simmons. Alex Amidon was the favorite target of Rettig, racking up big gains including a 29 yard TD pass. Four tight ends played in the game -- C.J Parsons, Jarrett Darmstatter, Dan Crimmins and Brian Miller -- each recording at least one reception.
Evidently Spaziani was more cautious with his running backs during the scrimmage, as neither Andre Williams nor Tahj Kimble played. Instead Ted Davenport and Mike Javorski got most of the runs. Interestingly, Davenport was a defensive back last year for the Eagles. Honestly at this point I would rather see practice squad players in these situations rather than risking losing another halfback before the season starts.
Punter Gerald Levano had a strong scrimmage, punting the ball three times for distances of 43, 47 and 60 yards. He has big shoes to fill after the graduation of Ryan Quigley, who did a fantastic job last year for the Eagles. Nate Freese hit one field goal from 40 yards. On defense, Manny Asprilla and Nick Clancy recorded interceptions and Mehdi Abdesmad made a swat leading to the second INT.
Luckily the Eagles left the practice without yet another foot injury. 12 days until kickoff.