Today the Eagles kick off their first wave of organized team activities.
(Full Schedule: May 22-24, May 29, May 31, June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8)
While OTA's are often over-hyped, over-blown, and filled with non-stories..
...it is nice to see football back in some capacity, especially when your team is the reigning Champs.
While these practices may not be all that important for the vets, they do have significant meaning for the young guys and players looking to make a pre training camp impression.
Here are 5 players that we are keeping an eye and ear on during the OTA period.....
1. Sidney Jones
Jones will be one of the most talked about players during OTA's and training camp. He was active for week 17 vs. Dallas, but now he has had over a year to recover from his torn achilles and should truly be 100 percent. The Eagles need Jones to be that lock-down corner he was at Washington. The cornerback position should have fans attention regardless, with Jones being the most intriguing name to watch.
(Also keep an eye on Avonte Maddox and UDFA Chandon Sullivan.)
2. Dallas Goedert
This is ridiculously obvious, but it will be interesting to see how Goedert looks in his first NFL action. If Goedert can prove he belongs during OTA's, it would give him a huge leg up to contribute right away. He sounds like a guy who is all football, all of the time which should fit right in with the Eagles culture. Like cornerback, tight end in general is a position to watch.
(Also keep an eye on Richard Rodgers and Billy Brown.)
3. Corey Nelson
The Eagles signed Nelson on day 1 of the free agency period which means to me that they have high hopes for the former Denver Bronco. If Nelson looks good maybe he pushes Mychal Kendricks for playing time come training camp, or gives Howie the option to finally trade Kendricks.
(Also keep an eye on Nate Gerry.)
4. Mack Hollins
We have seen a lot of backpack Mack dancing this off-season, but will we see a better receiver? With Alshon Jeffery sidelined, Hollins should see a ton of first team reps. With a big showing, he could push Mike Wallace for a starting position.
(Also keep an eye on Markus Wheaton.)
5. Jeremy Reaves
This is a little more under the radar for you.
Reaves, who is a 5'11 safety out of South Alabama, came to the Eagles as an undrafted free agent.
The Eagles could really use a young safety behind Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, and maybe Reaves can develop into that guy. He is another kid who seems like he will fit into the Eagles culture.
He has a legit chance to make the team and a good showing this week would only increase those chances.
The Eagles could very well bring back Corey Graham if they don't like what they see from the young guys this week.