The Philadelphia Eagles training camp has only just begun, and rookies — along with selected veterans — have been the only players to report. However, one player has already been impressive in just two short days. That would be former N.C. State strong safety and 2013 fifth-round selection Earl Wolff.
It is well known that the Eagles secondary is going through a major upheaval throughout training camp in 2013. Starting positions are not set in stone as the new regime under head coach Chip Kelly takes command of the team. This gives players like Wolff a chance to prove their worth, and make an impact during these important practices in July and August.
Looking back at the Eagles’ minicamp earlier this offseason, Wolff was already impressing as he earned some time with the first-team defense. Wolff remains very humble about his chances to start in the 2013 season according to fayobserver.com.
Honestly, I didn’t think much about it at all. Some of my family members saw the articles and made a big deal of it. But it didn’t really mean much to me. I was just getting in my reps. Nobody really has a starting job yet.
This safety with a good head on his shoulders and some great athletic ability made his presence known once again. He did not waste any time during the rookie session of training camp and intercepted G.J. Kinne during a half-field coverage drill. Wolff was asked about his experience at training camp by PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
Coaches were really harping on technique, fundamentals. At rookie minicamp I was still trying to figure out exactly what was going on, but coming out here today, basically we just went over the basic things we learned the first day of minicamp, so I kind of knew what to do so I felt like I was allowed to make more plays.
Being a safety, it is nice to see Wolff excel during coverage drills. However, it is very important for a player in his position to be a sure-tackler and last line of defense in the defensive secondary. Apparently, that will not be a problem at all for Wolff.
My goal is to be perfect, which I know is impossible, but getting better everyday is my thing. I love contact … I can’t wait to put the shoulder pads on.
Wolff still may be a bit of a dark horse when it comes to moving up the depth chart and earning a starting position on this team in 2013. Luckily for Wolff, he knows where he stands and has a great mentality toward his situation in training camp.
I’ve never been given anything in life. I’ve had to work for everything. My whole (life) story has been that way.
This will be no different for Wolff — training camp will be a hard-fought battle the whole way through. But that does not seem to matter to him. It certainly sounds like Wolff is ready for the challenge.