For the first time in franchise history, the Eagles enter training camp as the defending champions.
They report on Wednesday and will be on the field Thursday morning!!
We are officially on the road to a repeat.
DE Michael Bennett
DT Haloti Ngata
LB Corey Nelson
WR Mike Wallace
TE Richard Rodgers
WR Markus Wheaton
RB Matt Jones
QB Joe Callahan
Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
Avonte Maddox, CB, Pitt
Josh Sweat, D End, Florida State
Matt Pryor, G/T, TCU
Jordan Mailata, T?, Rugby
UDFA's to watch:
Jeremy Reaves, S, South Alabama
Chandon Sullivan, CB, Georgia State
Bruce Hector, DT, South Florida
Toby Weathersby, T, LSU
Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
Joe Ostman, DE, Central Michigan
Asantay Brown, LB, Western Michigan
Danny Ezechukwu, DE, Purdue
DE Vinny Curry - signed w/Bucs
CB Patrick Robinson - signed w/Saints
LB Mychal Kendricks- signed w/Browns
WR Torrey Smith - traded to Carolina
TE Trey Burton - signed w/Bears
TE Brent Celek
DT Beau Allen - signed w/Bucs
RB LeGarrette Blount - signed w/Lions
WR Marcus Johnson- traded to Seattle
LB Najee Goode- signed w/Colts
K Caleb Sturgis- signed w/Chargers
P Donnie Jones - retired and then came back
S Corey Graham
LB Bryan Braman
LB Danell Ellerbe
1. The Wentz recovery
We won't see Carson Wentz on the practice field, but we will be receiving daily updates on his progression.
The Eagles have been cautiously optimistic in regards to Wentz being under center for the September 6th opener. However, there is the possibility that we see Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles for a least week 1.
Regardless if Wentz can be on the field for week 1 or not, his recovery will undoubtedly be the #1 story as training camp moves along.
2. How does the team handle success?
Will they be as hungry as they were last season?
Did a summer of celebration take its toll on any players?
Ben McAdoo already opened his mouth on the subject....
I don't believe that "handling success" will be an issue with this group, but it will certainly be something that we continue to hear about over the next month or so.
3. Acclimating the new faces
Part of what made the Eagles such a great team was their chemistry.
Vinny Curry, Mychal Kendricks, Patrick Robinson, Torrey Smith, and Brent Celek all played significant roles both on the field and in the locker room.
There are a lot of new faces that need to be acclimated to their system and culture.
Will Chemistry be an issue?
4.The linebacker position
Mychal Kendricks is gone, leaving the strong side linebacker position up for grabs.
Corey Nelson vs Nate Gerry is the top position battle to watch.
The Eagles showed how much they value Nelson by signing him on day 1 of free agency. He should be considered the favorite, but from all reports, Gerry looked noticeably bigger and much improved during OTAs/mini camp. Gerry could very well win the starting role.
Of course, the Eagles will need two starting outside linebackers for week 1, (Nigel Bradham is suspended) so both players could be in for a significant role, at least to start the season.
Kamu Grugier-Hill will also be in line for reps.
Jordan Hicks (Achilles) participated in OTAs, but should be monitored as well. Hicks is entering a contract year, and if healthy, he could be poised for a big season. "If healthy" is a big if.
There is a lot of question marks when it comes to the cornerback postion.
With Patrick Robinson moving on to New Orleans, the Eagles are looking for his replacement in the slot.
This is a talented group, but who will step up?
Many people thought the Eagles would look to deal Darby in the offseason, but he now enters camp as their top corner. He is also entering his contract year, which could lead to a breakout season.
Jones will be one of the most talked about players over the next month.
The best case scenario is for Jones to win a starting role and become the elite shut down corner that we know he can be.
The worst case scenario is that his Achilles is still an issue and it prevents him from reaching his full potential.
Mills is the favorite to replace Patrick Robinson in the slot.
Given his size and physical play, I think this a role that Mills could excel in.
He isn't the fastest corner in the world. His lack of speed could be hidden in the slot, while remaining physical.
We will certainly find out if that's the case or not.
Will Douglas take a leap in year two?
He needs a big camp to carve himself out a role.
With a big camp, the rookie could push for the slot position.
He was running with the first team during OTAs.
He may be a long shot to make the team, but he is someone to keep an eye on.
6. D tackle depth
Timmy Jernigan may start the season the PUP list, which means he would be out until week 6.
Behind Fletcher Cox is Haloti Ngata, Elijah Qualls, Destiny Vaeao, and undrafted free agent Bruce Hector.
Ngata is 34 and coming off of a season ending triceps injury, and the rest are major question marks at best.
The Eagles need someone to step up, or they will be looking around for replacements.
7. Replacing Burton and Celek
Dallas Goedert vs Richard Rogers vs Billy Brown.
Goedert will be given every opportunity to be the second option behind Ertz, ideally filling (or surpassing) Burton's role.
Richard Rogers will be in line for the Celek role.
The team also really likes Billy Brown. It will be interesting to see if he can make the team.
8. Receiver battles
-Mike Wallace vs Mack Hollins.
This isn't exactly a position battle, but it will be interesting to see if Hollins can turn a corner and push Wallace for the starting role.
Alshon Jeffery is still recovering from rotator cuff surgery, so both players are in line for major reps during camp.
- Markus Wheaton vs Shelton Gibson vs Greg Ward vs Bryce Treggs.
Only one (maybe two) will make the roster.
We heard good things about Gibson during OTAs...
The 2017 5th round pick should be given every opportunity to make the roster.
9. The running back roles
Jay Ajayi is another player entering a contract year. How much will his role increase this season?
LeGarrette Blount is gone. Will UDFA Josh Adams or Matt Jones take over as the "big back" or will that be added to Ajayi's role?
Will Wendell Smallwood or Donnel Pumphrey make the roster?
Corey Clement is a player that will need to be on the field. With Darren Sproles coming back, it will be interesting to see how both Clement and Sproles are used.
10. Jason Peters
Big V stepped in admirably last season, but he isn't Jason Peters.
A healthy Jason Peters would make the best offensive line in the NFL even better. His progression is something to keep an eye on throughout camp.
11. Who will be the punter?
Cameron Johnston is currently slated to be the punter, but we'll see who ultimately wins the job.
12. Howie never sleeps/contract issues.
Last year we saw Jordan Matthews and a third round pick traded to Buffalo for Ronald Darby.
In 2016, he traded Sam Bradford to Minnesota, and Eric Rowe to New England.
Will Brandon Graham and his contract situation be an issue?
Could Ronald Darby still be moved?
Will they look to sign another free agent like Corey Graham?
Howie is always working the phones and could pull off a move at a moments notice.