Training camp notes: A quick update on the Eagles’ rookie wide receivers

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Greg Ward Jr. /

All eyes are fixed firmly on the newest Eagles.

Two days of training camp are in the books, and, as expected, we’re discussing the newest members of the Philadelphia Eagles. Maybe everyone’s excited because quarterback Carson Wentz set an NFL record for completions by a rookie a season ago with, virtually, nothing around him. Maybe the recent additions have everyone expecting more. Whatever the case, the wide receiver position remains a hot topic.

This year’s version of Eagles pass catchers have given us plenty to discuss already. Shelton Gibson, once considered to be one of the members of a team renaissance, has had his share of struggles. That’s led some to believe that he may not be a lock to make the team. There have been drops, but there’s a long way to go. Again, we’re just wrapping up day two of camp.

Some of the unknowns are turning heads.

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Greg Ward Jr. made two really nice touchdown receptions on day one. He added another pair of decent catches on day two, and that has coaches and fans excited. The former college quarterback appears to be making the transition to wide receiver quite nicely.

Mack Hollins, despite being a bigger guy has shown some athleticism and agility. Now, we can add versatility to his list of superlatives. It’s kind of hard not to notice a six-foot-four wide receiver doubling as a long snapper. We’ll all definitely be keeping an eye on that one, but don’t expect Jon Dorenbos to lose his job anytime soon.

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Marcus Johnson is a name we haven’t been mentioning much, but he’s doing everything he can to make a name for himself. He’s a six-foot-one undrafted free agent who was signed shortly after the 2016 NFL Draft. He made his name in college as a member of the Texas Longhorns. There’s no telling how many reps he’ll get once the veterans arrive at camp. Still, he’s got extensive experience in the special teams department, which might be the key to him landing a roster spot.

It appears things are heating up quickly in Philadelphia.