The Eagles closed camp at Lehigh yesterday and I thought we could spend some time on the winners and losers from the past month. BTW, I'm cribbing this idea a bit from Moving The Chains, who posted their winners and losers from camp yesterday. First, the winners.
Riley Cooper - Your odds on favorite for the Na Brown Award winner is an obvious choice for the winners' list. The rookie WR from Florida had a great camp, seemingly making a notable play every day. With starters DeSean Jackson & Jeremy Maclin missing some time with various nicks throughout camp, Cooper got chances galore. He took snaps with the first and second team while looking completely at home doing it. Cooper passed an NFL veteran like Hank Baskett and camp vets like Jordan Norwood on the depth chart. So far, he looks like a steal in the fifth round. Tommy Lawlor dedicated a whole column to Cooper today at SB Nation Philly.
Kurt Coleman - Speaking of rookies making an impact, the young safety from Ohio has done that. He's opened eyes at Lehigh and in the first preseason game with his physical play and absorption of the play book. Between he and fellow rookie Nate Allen, a position that was barren last year now looks stocked with young talent.
Trevor Laws - Could he the Winston Justice of 2010? Laws drafted the same year as DeSean Jackson(ahead of him if you can believe that) but his career has hardly followed the same trajectory as Jackson. In two years he's failed to mane any impact. Last year, the Eagles picked up undrafted free agent Antonio Dixon in midseason and he passed Laws on the depth chart. From that point on it seemed like Laws would have a battle to make the team this year. However, we kept hearing this offseason about how Laws had really dedicated himself and worked hard to build strength... It appears that was true as Laws has been one of the most active lineman at Lehigh continually getting himself into the offensive backfield and making plays. It'll be interesting to see if he keeps it up in the preseason.
Jason Avant - Avant came off his best season as a pro, so the fact he had a good camp isn't a big surprise... but just how good he was had to be. Not only was he the best WR at Lehigh, you could make the argument that Avant was the best offensive player in camp. He was dominant in one on one drills and the fact that he didn't drop a single pass in live drills has become part of Lehigh lore. He's my MVP of training camp.
Stewart Bradley - The best description for Bradley's camp was a sigh of relief. We knew how important he was to the defense this coming year. We knew he could play well if he was healthy... But we didn't know if he would be healthy coming off knee surgery. Turns out, he was. Bradley had a great camp, he moved around flawlessly, and gave Eagles fans a lot of hope for the defense in 2010.
Is there anyone I missed? Who are your winners from camp?