These will be very important workouts for the young players because they’ll be expected to use this time to get on equal footing with the veterans about the offensive, defensive and special teams systems which will be employed by the football team.¬† It isn’t an accident that the Birds drafted young men with outstanding educational backgrounds.
It is a must with this young ball club that the Birds get major contributions from their rookies.
Without having seen the rookies do anything with equipment on, we know that rookie defensive end #54 Brandon Graham, rookie safety/cornerback #29 Nate Allen and rookie defensive end/tackle #52 Daniel Te’o Nesheim will be forced to play this year and they must make major contributions.
They won’t need them to do much offensively but the Eagles defense will need Graham, Allen and Te’o Nesheim to step in and contribute from game one.
Graham, who is expected to start at defensive end will be on the field with the game on the line and he must be able to get to the passer.¬† Allen will be given every chance to start at the team’s free safety position.¬† Te’o Nesheim is expected to be with the team’s number nickel team at defensive tackle.
Fourth round pick outside linebacker Keenan Clayton and fifth round pick Ricky Sapp will have to pove themselves, so that when they put the pads on in July, the coaches will work them in the drills because they know what they’re doing.
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and his coaches will have these youngsters in the classroom early in the morning, then they’ll work with them on the field for about an hour and a half each day.¬† They’ll be able to see if these youngsters retain what they’re being taught and are able to employ it on the field.
On the offensive side of the ball rookie quarterback Mike Kafka will get the chance to run the offense.¬† Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick won’t be at the workouts this week, so Kafka and rookie free agent Joey Elliot will get all of the work at the quarterback position.
Tight end #82 Clay Harbor and wide receiver #14 Riley Cooper will be trying to decipher the offense and show the coaching staff that they can be trusted to
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