Five Philadelphia Eagles that need to make strong statements during training camp and in the preseason

With the NFL's return comes the opportunity for some of the young Philadelphia Eagles to make names for themselves and make an impression. Here are five we'll be watching.
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Kelee Ringo, Cornerback

Former SEC standout Kelee Ringo is another of the Georgia Bulldogs that the Eagles have added during the past two offseasons. He will make the team, but he figures to see minimal action in a position group that features Darius Slay Jr., James Bradberry IV, and Avonte Maddox. With new signee Greedy Williams and fellow rookies Mekhi Garner and Eli Ricks also competing for roster spots, everyone will be on their A-game

Ringo is going to make this team and is, hopefully, a future star for Philly at the cornerback position. At UGA, he snagged four interceptions and defended 15 passes while allowing a passer rating of just 63.0 over his 644 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. He is expected to see action during the preseason and showcasing some ability on the outside should provide evidence that he is exactly the guy the Eagles are hoping he'll become.

Ty Zentner, Punter

While it may not seem like a contest between punters is the most entertaining battle of the offseason, there is a solid argument to be made that a shanked punt is one of the major snafus that helped cost the Eagles a Super Bowl LVII win (you can watch a full breakdown by a former NFL punter here).

30-year-old Arryn Siposs also sustained an ankle injury in 2022, andhe tends to get worse at his job as the weather gets colder. It may be time for Philly to go in a different direction. Enter rookie Ty Zenter.

Zentner was phenomenal during his time at Kansas State. He routinely showcased his ability to pin opposing offenses inside the ten-yard line to start their drives. He also averaged 44.5 yards per boot as a senior in 2022.

Zentner also provides flexibility as a kicker should anything happen to Jake Elliott. He converted 11 of 12 field goal attempts. He was a perfect 37 for 37 on extra-point attempts. That includes a career-long 53-yard field goal on the road versus West Virginia.

With a strong preseason, Zentner could prove he deserves to be the Eagles' punter in 2023 and beyond. There's just one issue. The last time we saw him AND Siposs, Arryn won the battle. Can 'Legatron' win the war?

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