A dozen Eagles whose stock rose at mandatory minicamp, three whose stock fell

Several Eagles did themselves a solid during mandatory minicamp.
Kelee Ringo. Philadelphia Eagles
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As quickly as it came, it ended. Nick Sirianni's first mandatory minicamp as Philadelphia Eagles head coach gave us much to discuss. Sure, guys spent all of their time in shorts. We recognize that there were no pads. We did, however, hear press conferences. Two of the three practice sessions were also open to the media.

Mostly, we look at minicamps and ask ourselves questions about what we were supposed to gain from them. It's hard to find real answers, but every player has one job to do... make an impression.

Here are a dozen who did that (and a few guys who have some work to do at Philly's coming training camp).

Stock up: Kelee Ringo, cornerback

Kelee Ringo showed us something while stepping in late last season, but many thought his thunder was stolen by the arrival of two rookie DBs and the reinstatement of a veteran who looked pretty good the last time we saw him.

Philly's roster is talented but mostly top-heavy. Ringo is young (he turns 22 years old this month). He is also an inexpensive 2023 fourth-round selection.

If what we have seen so far is any indication of his development, he should make the initial 53-man roster.

Stock up: Isaiah Rodgers, cornerback

No one knew what to expect from Isaiah Rodgers. Then, we saw him work. He already looks like a shoo-in to make the Eagles' roster.

It would have been understandable if he showed some rust. Instead, he looked fresh, like the year off did him some good. One of his many highlights was a pick-six off Jalen Hurts' arm. IF he keeps up the goo work, he'll make the team. Remember, he's also a gifted kick returner.

Stock up: Parris Campbell, wide receiver

None of Parris Campbell's spring catches were worthy of TikTok posts, but he saw a ton of passes thrown in his direction from Jalen Hurts. That means QB1 has grown to trust him.

That may not be saying much. After all, Jalen trusted Quez Watkins too, but this feels a little different. Plus, Parris has better hands than Quez does.

Stock up: Zack Baun, linebacker

We thought Zack Baun would begin his Eagles journey as the third or fourth guy on the depth chart. Instead, he's been running most often with the first-team defense. He's the type of off-ball linebacker that Vic Fangio enjoys fielding.

He was also seen running stride for stride with Saquon Barkley. Expect him to get more burn during training camp.

Stock up: Devin White, linebacker

We talked about Devin White a lot upon the announcement of his signing. Then, we began discussing those rookie draftees. Minicamp came and went. We're back to discussing White again.

He was one of the best players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster before he fell out of favor. He gets a second chance in Philly. He's off to a good start. Keep an eye on him.

Stock up: Mekhi Becton, offensive lineman

Jeff Stoutland loves versatility and knowing he has pieces he can move around the chess board. He wanted Mekhi Becton, and the arrangement has worked for both sides. Stout got his wish, and Becton was willing to try something he never thought about doing, learning to play another position.

Becton filled in at right tackle in Lane Johnson's absence at OTAs. He also filled in at left guard during Landon Dickerson's excused absence at Philly's mandatory minicamp.

Might he be a candidate to start at right guard this season? Tyler Steen saw starting reps, but Becton might be a part of the discussion.

Stock up: Kendall Milton, running back

We, like most, believe the Eagles should carry three running backs on the 53-man roster. That potentially opens a spot at another position. Kendall Milton may make us change our minds though.

He was last seen catching swing passes at mandatory minicamp. We learned he can turn on the afterburners. If Philly elects to carry four tailbacks instead of three, this might be the best one Philly has not named Saquon, Kenneth Gainwell, and Will Shipley.

Stock up: Grant Calcaterra, tight end

It's always interesting to see who the coaches are thinking about, and Nick Sirianni brought up Grant Calcaterra during a conversation about a third wide receiver without being prompted. His point? Philly has other options and some versatility.

Grant responded by doing himself a solid by making nice plays. Players are asked to make the most of their opportunities, and he's doing that. Don't give up on the young man yet!

Stock up: E.J. Jenkins, tight end

E.J. Jenkins looks like he could be a power forward on the Duke Blue Devils' roster. He stands at six-foot-six. He tips the scales at 245 pounds. If the Eagles had to put a 53-man roster today, he wouldn't be on it, but if he continues his incline, he can push for a roster spot as the third tight end.

Okay, that probably isn't true. We may not hear his name again after August, but He made some nice grabs at mandatory minicamp. We can also state his stock is rising.

Stock up: John Ross, wide receiver

John Ross was a late addition. He wasn't on the roster when the media was allowed access to an open OTA practice, but since then, he has knifed through Philly's defense a few times while slicing up our 'last in, first out' theory.

Ross isn't guaranteed anything. He still has work to do if he's going to make the 53-man roster, but if he doesn't stick with Philly, he could prove he deserves a job somewhere.

Stock up: Reed Blankenship, safety

There's a buzz surrounding C.J, Gardner-Johnson and Sydney Brown, even though the latter hasn't been cleared to practice fully. Reed has gone about his business and do what he does more often than not, be where he is supposed to be and make plays when the ball comes his way.

Blankenship will make the roster. Of that, we're certain. We expecting him to start despite there being a rumored desire for more of Sydney Brown.

Stock up: Quinyon Mitchell, cornerback

Quinyon Mitchell is officially signed now. He has also won over many of his veteran teammates. He's probably still staring up at Rodgers and Ringo on the depth chart. As mentioned, they have looked good, but as Brandon Graham stated recently, the rookie is as good as advertised.

He was also seen playing some sort of dime linebacker role in practice. Might Philly run with some variation of that in a game? We doubt it, but we have been wrong before.

Stock down: Nakobe Dean, linebacker

We thought the Eagles were going to give Nakobe Dean every opportunity to accept one of Philly's starting middle linebacker roles. We were wrong. The coaches appear to favor Zack Baun and Devin White, though we figured as much about White recently.

Nakobe is trying to work his way back from a season in which he took two trips to the injured reserve. We'd assume he'd make the team, but those mentions as a legitimate first-round selection feel like they were about five years ago.

This isn't going well.

Stock down: James Bradberry, cornerback

At this point, every mention of James Bradberry feels like kicking a man when he's down. He hasn't been traded, but no one has ruled that out as being an opportunity.

He took some snaps at safety. Then, he got hurt, but pushing this narrative that he's versatile enough to play safety feels like some sort of sales tactic.

Stock down: Albert Okwuegbunam, tight end

When the Eagles signed Albert O to a one-year extension back in February, it felt like he was going to be around. He's never done much to warrant that type of confidence though, and if we're being honest, we can't enunciate an argument that proves he's one of the top three tight ends on the roster.

Why is he here again?

Worth mentioning: All of those young defensive backs

Last season, Eli Ricks and Josh Jobe were both on the 53-man roster. They could be left off of it this season. Zech McPhearson is in a world of trouble. Mario Goodrich is also one of the familiar faces but probably battling Tyler Hall for a spot on the practice squad, especially seeing as how Avonte Maddox is getting reps at safety.

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