Although the Philadelphia Eagles OTAs were supposed to be open to the media earlier today, that access was postponed until tomorrow due to severe weather. Clearly some of the team’s beat writers were ticked off by the move, especially since they waited until just an hour before it was supposed to begin to announce that it was being postponed until tomorrow. Here are the reactions from two of the best in the business, Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice and Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News:
Clearly not a happy bunch and understandably so, there’s no reason why the Eagles couldn’t have sent out a notice much earlier saying that the media’s access would be postponed until tomorrow, it’s not like they didn’t know it was going to rain. Everyone knows that head coach Chip Kelly doesn’t really like talking to the media, but this was just a bad move by the team. Either way, OTAs will be open to the media tomorrow and here are some things to watch for throughout the day.
1) Will Sam Bradford participate in 7-on-7 drills?
Kelly announced that Bradford was limited during OTAs last week but did say the team’s projected starting quarterback should be ready to participate in 7-on-7 drills this week. That’s exactly what everyone will be watching for tomorrow when OTAs open up to the media and prepare to have your Twitter timeline flooded with tweets, pictures and videos of Bradford throwing during these sessions if he does actually partake in them. Reports are all over the place regarding Bradford’s status with some saying he can barely walk and others saying he looked fine. Hopefully we’ll get some clearer answers tomorrow.
2) Debut of rookie wide receiver Nelson Agholor!
We have yet to see the team’s first-round pick during OTAs with the rest of the team, only during rookie minicamp. He was at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event last week which is why he was absent from OTAs when they were open to the media. But he should be in attendance tomorrow and it’ll be our first chance to see him running with the rest of the team and hopefully catching passes from Bradford during 7-on-7’s, that could very well be the team’s go-to connection during the upcoming season. It’ll also be interesting to see which group Agholor works with, whether he’s a starter right away or he’ll have to earn his snaps like Kelly has done with younger players in the past.
3) Any changes to the “starters” on offense or defense?
When OTAs were open to the media last week, there were some surprising “starters” working with the team’s first string unit. Players such as safety Chris Maragos, guard Matt Tobin and wide receivers Josh Huff and Riley Cooper were all working as starters during the team’s last open practice. Things could change this time around and that is something to watch for. Will Walter Thurmond jump into the starting safety spot now that he’s had some time working at the position? Will Agholor or Jordan Matthews take control of one of the starting wide receiver spots? Just some depth chart questions to keep an eye on.
Those are just some of the things to watch for as the Eagles will hopefully, pending any weather shenanigans, hold their second open practice of OTAs. Be sure to check back here at Inside the Iggles for all your latest Eagles’ news and updates!
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