Jun 17, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) walks off the field at the conclusion of practice during mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles: Training Camp Blues


There are immediate intervals following the Super Bowl, which die-hard NFL fans patiently tolerate while waiting for the beginning of the next football season. The intervals range from free agency, the NFL draft, training camp, and preseason games. Around this time, many fans – including me – get a little “ancy”. Free agency has been intriguing, the draft was exciting, but I am just ready for the week one showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars. That is still a bit away – and I do not want to fast-forward through the entire summer! However, I am ready to see good ol’ fashion football, now.

Forgive me, but there is no eloquent way to put this. I want to see Eagles’ jerseys flying around hitting people. I am ready to “oooo” and “ahhh” at Eagles jerseys making defenders miss while galloping to the end zone. And how can I forget the no-huddle? I want to see how much faster the second-year offense can operate. Throw in a little bit of wide receivers Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff to really get this party started. Oh, and throw in some running back Darren Sproles too. Why not?

Right now, I am ready to yell obscenities at head coach Chip Kelly’s play calling, as if I know football better than he does. I want to call some friends who are not Eagles’ fans, and rub their nose in how good Nick Foles is commanding that “blur offense”.

I am just missing Eagles’ football. Is that fair? I call it, “training camp blues”. The season opener unfortunately has to wait; however, that is why the NFL gods invented preseason games. (That’s my story, and yes, I am sticking to it.) Hopefully, Philadelphia enters the preseason exhibitions while avoiding serious injury, especially to key players.

Wouldn’t you know, the first opponent the Philadelphia Eagles plays in the preseason is none other than the Chicago Bears – and is it horrible that I really do not care? I don’t care who they play, I just am ready to see some playing now. Like everyone else, I will be taking mental notes on who is playing well, and who is not. I am excited to see the two wide receivers previously mentioned, and excited to see cornerback Nolan Carroll live and in living color. I cannot wait to get a glimpse of safety Malcolm Jenkins and what he can do back there, and not to mention, first round pick, linebacker Marcus Smith II. Will the defense hit home? Can linebacker Vinny Curry be the guy on defense that can take over a game, on any given play? I want to know.

Honestly, there is only so much a person can report on in the preseason. With so many “mock this”, and “mock that” being thrown around, I’m ready to see it all unfold and play out. Alas, my training camp blues have just started really. First preseason game is not until August 8th. Go figure. In the meantime, all anyone can do is speculate, and continue to wait patiently for the games to begin once more.

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