Monday motivation: Eagles begin camp, updates on Hicks, a rugby star is found
The Eagles begin another training camp today, and there are no shortages of stories.
Just knowing the Philadelphia Eagles begin training camp this week is probably enough to put a smile on your face. Workouts begin Monday with quarterbacks, selected veterans and rookies. As we glue ourselves to our smartphones and laptops, we await every bit of news we can find. It didn’t take long as a few stories have already emerged from the Novacare Complex.
Those of you looking for an update on starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks should be satisfied with this. According to head coach Doug Pederson, Mr. Hicks’ progress has resulted in some good news. “He injured his hand, and he needed a minor procedure to fix that. He shouldn’t miss any time. We’re going to keep on top of it and take it day by day with him. We may limit him a little bit, but he should be out there every day”.
A rugby star gets a tryout.
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Here’s one we didn’t see coming. According to The Province, Canadian rugby star Adam Zaruba has dreams of playing NFL football. He’ll take the first step in making that dream a reality when training camp begins. He’ll be participating in the rookie and selected vet practices, and some are seeing him as a natural fit for the tight end position.
The 26-year-old played high school football at Carson Graham before being recruited to play at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. That didn’t work out, but news of his recent workout has given fans something to talk about.
It’s also given the young man to take care of some unfinished business.
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“It’s a positive thing no matter which way you slice it” said Zaruba in reference to the opportunity. He continued, “At the foundational level you have to love sports, the process of sports. No one would say money wouldn’t be motivating, but this is an achievement (as an athlete) … that I feel I’m capable of doing”.