Hey everyone. It's time once again for another edition of Taking Stock, where we take a look at the individual performance of Eagles players throughout training camp. Today marked the first day of camp, with rookies and selected veterans reporting for duty (and a few surprise guests as well). Here is a brief rundown of who's stock is on the rise and who's stock is falling after today's activities:
Stock on the Rise:
Ryan Hamilton: First impressions are everything, and being the first player on the field in the morning can never hurt your chances. Kudos to this undrafted rookie for getting a head start.
Kurt Coleman: As Jason_B mentioned earlier today, our seventh-round pick has been lighting up the field, playing with a high level of intensity and not shying away from contact. He has even already drawn a comparison to Brian Dawkins (via NFLDraftScout.com's Chris Steuber). Looks like missing OTAs has had no negative effect on this guy.
Kevin Kolb: By all accounts, our new franchise quarterback has looked calm and collected in the pocket so far, and has completed almost every one of his passes. For more information on how well Kolb is doing, check out Jason_B's article from earlier today.
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Martell Mallett: A welcome visit from summer intern coach and former Eagles star halfback Duce Staley will be sure to give this former CFL hero a fantastic mentor. As one of only two running backs in camp right now, Mallett should certainly benefit from the additional reps and some one-on-one time with none other than Duuuuuuuce.
A.Q. Shipley: As one of the contenders for the starting center position (at least while Jamaal Jackson is out), Shipley had a good experience with the first team offense today, snapping for Kevin Kolb. He showed a knack for picking up the blitz and earned some congratulations from offensive line coach Juan Castillo.
Brandon Graham & Nate Allen: As I did last year with Jeremy Maclin, I'm going to put our two M.I.A. rookies on the "falling" list until they report to camp. As of the time of this article, nothing new has been released regarding the status of either of their contracts. You can't learn the defense if you aren't on the field. Get it done, guys.
Todd Herremans: Although Herremans promises he'll be ready by week one, the fact that he's starting out camp on the PUP list isn't exactly confidence-boosting - especially considering the fragile state of our offensive line. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the big guy taking it easy and resting his foot, but when it comes time for him to start blocking Green Bay defenders, I want him in shape and at 100%.
Charles Scott: Despite the hype that followed him throughout the post-draft period, Scott has shown that he has a bit of trouble when it comes to catching the ball (this tweet from Les Bowen says it all). We all know how much Andy Reid values running backs who provide a dual threat, so hopefully Scott will be able to shake off those training camp jitters soon unless he wants to lose ground to Eldra Buckley and Martell Mallett.