As the Philadelphia Eagles head towards their annual Training Camp, here are some key position and player battles to watch as players fight to make the final roster of 53 players.
1) Alex Henery v Carey Spear
Eagles fans have been calling out for competition at the kicker position. Since entering the league, kicker Alex Henery has basically had the job to himself. His production and accuracy dipped last season, leading Head Coach Chip Kelly to add the player nicknamed “Murderleg” in college football. Since adding Spear, it seems that Henery has upped his game and I expect the veteran to keep his job through 2014.
2) How will Kelly utilise the tight ends?
Can ex-Houston Texan James Casey keep his roster spot for 2014? Tight end Casey had a below par season in 2014, failing to reach the production levels expected by many after his move in free agency from the Texans. The Eagles boast talent at the tight end position, most notably with veteran Brent Celek and second year Zach Ertz. I strongly expect Casey to make the roster, but equally would be unsurprised if Casey was a “shock” cut from the roster come final cut time.
3) Offensive line
The Eagles have their starters locked up for many years, mostly on new contracts. However, the back up position is still fairly fluid. Players like tackle Dennis Kelly could have a fight on their hands for a roster spot. Kelly didn’t take the field during Chip Kelly’s rookie season as Head Coach, with Allen Barbre preferred as the main back up. Is it worth persevering with the late round pick for any longer?