Philadelphia Eagles: 5 lessons from first week of training camp

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Playmakers galore

One thing that’s apparent at the Philadelphia Eagles practices is the amount of playmakers the team has. Of course we know the offense is littered with talent. The pass catchers have been explosive, Jordan Matthews , Josh Huff, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz have all had great camps. Sam Bradford as mentioned earlier has been razor sharp, and the running backs look like they’re going to be a real force this season. DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles will be a vital part of the offense.

The Eagles have always had a good offense, but the team now has playmakers on the other side of the ball as well now. The teams edge rushers and defensive line look to be one of the best units in the NFL, and the inside linebackers are absolutely stacked with talent. Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso have been making plays since the start of camp, but the real surprise is the secondary.

The Eagles biggest weakness last season was easily the secondary. The team put the resources into that group to reverse their fortune, and through the first seven practices, it looks to be paying off. Byron Maxwell signed a huge contract this offseason and many were skeptical, but he has looked like the real deal and has been lockdown on all the receivers. The starter opposite Maxwell, Nolan Carroll has looked much improved and has a couple interceptions already. The safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Walter Thurmond have been flying around and have formed a nice duo in the back of the defense.

The defense looks much improved and the offense looks like it can take the next step into possibly being the best in the league if Bradford continues to play like he is. The team has no shortage of playmakers on both sides of the ball, something that hasn’t been the case in a very long time. It’s only been a week into training camp, but this team looks to be coming together. Can’t wait for the preseason games to start.

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