Some Things I Want To See From Eagles’ Training CampBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Monday, July 28th, 2014
Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, the Eagles’ second and third-round picks, are going to be asked to be important parts of this team’s offense right away.
The Eagles are going to need these guys to make near-instant contributions in order to help them replace the production that they lost when the released DeSean Jackson, so a fast start in training camp is going to be very important for the two rookies.
Everything we’ve heard about Matthews so far has been very encouraging. The big receiver appears to have a work ethic and drive to succeed like no other, and a mentality like that is sure to serve him well as he attempts to fit in to Chip Kelly’s scheme.
Huff is familiar with Kelly’s offense from his time at Oregon, and so the transition for him should be a little smoother and quicker than some of the other rookies.
The Eagles’ depth behind Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper is pretty thin, so if these guys struggle it could have an impact on the Eagles’ aerial attack. If Matthews and Huff don’t step up, who will? Damaris Johnson? I don’t think so.
Who Steps Up At Safety?
Nate Allen vs Earl Wolff appears to be the only position battle that the Eagles have going on in camp right now.
Wolff showed some nice things while he was on the field in his rookie year, but he also struggled to stay in the lineup due to injury. We don’t really know what Wolff is or can be yet, but the coaches like him a lot.
Allen had his best season as a pro in 2013, but that doesn’t really say much. It was the first season in which he was not a liability, and actually managed to make a few plays here and there. He’s still pretty young, and now that he has a decent season that he can build off of, maybe some of his confidence will have returned and he can finally develop into the safety the Eagles thought they were getting when they selected him in the second round of the 2010 draft.
I think Allen is going to come out of camp with the starting job. He may not blow Wolff away in the competition, but I think Billy Davis is comfortable with him, and they’ll begin the season with him as the starter until he either loses the job or they decide that Wolff is ready.
Which Of The Longshots Will Shine?
Every year, there are always some longshots to make the team that shine during Training Camp and the preseason.
Last year, guys like Alan Barbre, Jake Knott, and Damian Square came out of nowhere to make the team.
Can Matthew Tucker find a way to stay on this roster? Tucker looked good in last year’s preseason, but the Eagles were loaded at the running back position and put him on the practice squad for most of the year. Now that Bryce Brown has been traded, the Eagles may think about keeping four running backs because Darren Sproles isn’t capable of being an every down guy, and Chris Polk is injury prone.
Can Arrellious Benn get himself a spot on the depth chart? The talent is there, and the Eagles clearly want to see what he can do. But he’s going to have to stay healthy and outwork a lot of other guys to get that fifth receiver spot.
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