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The Philadelphia Eagles have not even finished a week of training camp yet. However, it is never too early to look at who is exceeding our expectations and who is failing to live up to our expectations. Obviously context is required and it is still only the first week of training camp so I wouldn’t worry too much about how players are performing at this point. Still, the Jordan Matthews and Mark Sanchez connection from last years training camp carried over into the regular season, proving you can learn things from camp.
After a shaky first day, Sam Bradford seems to have impressed all the reporters watching.
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More importantly, he appears to be 100% healthy and has said that the knee feels great. Considering there was doubts about whether he’d be ready by week one, this has clearly been a great week for Bradford so far. Chip Kelly has clearly been impressed considering the Eagles are reportedly talking about a short term contract with Bradford. Hopefully the Eagles can get something done, I’m confident in Bradford.
According to reporters, Jordan Matthews is playing at a far higher level than any other Eagles receiver which is no real surprise. Matthews killed training camp last year as a rookie so you would expect him do the same considering he is the Eagles number one receiver this year. Matthews has reportedly looked good in one on one drills even when going against Malcolm Jenkins and Byron Maxwell which is impressive. I can’t wait to see Matthews play this season, I think he’s poised for a huge year.
The Eagles sixth-round pick JaCorey Shepherd has impressed everyone watching him so far. Louis Riddick tweeted that he had been very impressed by Shepherd when he went to watch the Eagles which is a good sign as Riddick is great at evaluating cornerbacks. Shepherd appears to be outplaying Rowe currently and may find himself playing more than Rowe this season, which would be a real surprise considering where they were drafted. With Boykin being traded, Shepherd is the favorite to start in his position.
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