One benefit of the growth of the Nick Sirianni coaching tree -- it makes it much easier to schedule joint practices.
The Eagles will welcome former Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen and the Indianapolis Colts to Lincoln Financial Field for the preseason finale on Thursday, August 24. The two teams announced on Friday that they will compete in a joint practice on the Tuesday prior to the game.
This will come one week after the Eagles hold joint practices with the Cleveland Browns in Philadelphia ahead of their preseason game.
Last year, the Eagles worked out with the Browns and the Miami Dolphins, both on the road. This summer, both intersquad scrimmages will be at the NovaCare Complex. In his first year as head coach, Sirianni conducted practices with the New England Patriots at home and the New York Jets on the road ahead of those preseason contests in 2021.
Sirianni cherishes the "controlled" environment that the joint practices offer to work against different players and schemes without the quarterbacks getting hit.
The reunion with Steichen, who was named the head coach of the Colts this past offseason, provides the Eagles with the chance to see quarterbacks Anthony Richardson, the No. 4 overall selection in this year's draft, and former Eagle Gardner Minshew. Steichen's offense also features 2021 rushing champion Jonathan Taylor; 6-foot-4 wideout Michael Pittman, Jr., who has posted over 2,000 yards in the past two seasons; and All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Eagles' offense get to test their skills against the likes of All-Pro defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard.
The Eagles open the preseason on Saturday, August 12 on the road against the Baltimore Ravens.