5 Surprises from training camp and the first two Eagles preseason games

The early stages of training camp were interesting. The first two preseason games were doubly so. Here are several things that caught us off guard, even if it only did so slightly.
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The Eagles are deeper and more talented at wide receiver and cornerback than we originally thought.

For most of the spring, we racked our brains and asked ourselves how the Eagles were going to function if their starters were injured at wide receiver and at cornerback. Sure, there's a drop-off in the talent level if you look behind the A.J. Brown/DeVonta Smith combo and the Darius Slay/James Bradberry/Avonte Maddox trio, but the Birds have some young guys who figure to get better with more work and time. Like Reed Blankenship's emergence, that has been a nice surprise.

No, they aren't A.J. or DeVonta. Still, Quez Watkins, Olamide Zaccheaus, Joseph Ngata, Deon Cain, Jadon Haselwood, and Johnny King all have potential. If Devon Allen and Britain Covey can make strides, we might be in business.

At cornerback, Josh Jobe and Mario Goodrich have both gotten better. Kelee Ringo, Mekhi Garner, and Eli Ricks form a nice trio of rookies.

There aren't enough spots on the active roster for everyone. Most of these guys aren't finished products, but the Birds have a nice roster and farm system. Let's continue to hope that A.J., DeVonta, Slay, and Bradberry enjoy injury-free seasons, but should anything happen, we feel better about the Eagles' wide receivers and corners than we did, say, a month ago.