The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2014 training camp is more than a month away but the players cannot go on vacation just yet. Three more days of practice sessions have been scheduled for this week. All Eagles are expected to be in NovaCare complex from June 17 to June 19 for the mandatory minicamp.
There is not much, if anything at all, to keep from organised team activities (OTAs). All the information about what the Eagles have been practicing comes from practice sessions open to journalists and beat writers. Chip Kelly, like most NFL coaches, is smart enough to know he has to keep the latest playbook additions away from the public eye.
In a large extent, the same applies to the minicamp. However, knowing this is the last time the Eagles will work out together until late July, Chip might be willing to try some of his new stuff in the presence of reporters.
While we shouldn’t expect big news to emerge from the minicamp, there might be a small “shake up” on the practice depth chart. Jordan Matthews has been drawing rave reviews for his performance in OTAs. The expectation bar has been set up really high for the rookie wide receiver and he might find himself running drills with the first-teamers.
The battle for the backup quarterback spot between Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley has been a point of interest and while Sanchez has been struggling for the biggest part of OTAs, Kelly said he is impressed by the former Jet. Barkley has been the third-team quarterback. At some point, Kelly will give Barkley a chance to show if he can win the backup job. Although it’s unlikely, we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of this happening during the minicamp.
Malcolm Jenkins and Nate Allen has been the starting safeties so far. Jenkins is the favorite to win one of the two starting spots, but Allen will have to prove he is a better option than Earl Wolff. After a promising but injury-plagued rookie season, Wolff is back strong and he might get the chance to practice with the first team this week.
After Thursday’s practice session, the Eagles players will leave the NovaCare complex and will not be expected to report back before July 33, when the training camp kicks off.