On Wednesday, when the veteran players arrive for camp, they will pull up in expensive cars, flat screen TVs, and other luxury items to get them through the next few weeks at Lehigh.
The players that arrived on Sunday came with no such things.
With the majority of the players being dropped off by the university buses carrying trash bags full of items, the 2012 Eagles rookies arrived at Lehigh looking forward to their first NFL training camp.
"I'm excited to learn what an NFL training camp is all about," said 1st round pick Fletcher Cox.
Cox, whose first round money allowed him to pull up in what appeared to be a brand new Escalade, was the first Eagles rookie to arrive. Joining him was 2nd round pick Vinny Curry, who said he's excited for the time with just the rookies.
"It's just you guys in that dorm room," said Curry. "Going over your plays together, going over life situations."
They may have not played a down in the NFL, but this rookie class comes in with high expectations as some are already touting this as one of the best draft classes Andy Reid has ever had. The expectations were not lost on the players.
"We know what the coaches expect out of us, and what we expect out of ourselves," said rookie cornerback Brandon Boykin.
The rookies will have the next 2 days to show the coaches what they have until the veterans arrive. They will go through a morning walk through tomorrow before getting the pads on in the afternoon.
More notes and video from outside of the Lehigh dorms after the jump.
Buckhalter to Coach: There were several former Eagles on hand to watch the rookies arrive on Sunday, as Correll Buckhalter and Greg Lewis hung out with Duce Staley outside of the dorm rooms. Staley, who is a running backs coach, will be joined this year by Buckhalter. Buckhalter is going to be a coaching intern during the next few weeks at Lehigh. Greg Lewis, to the relieve of many fans, will not be coaching the wide outs.
Damaris Johnson: Damaris Johnson and Dion Lewis- two of the smallest Eagles on the team- may both be listed at 5'8, but Johnson is considerably smaller in person than Lewis. Johnson, who Eagles fans hope can spark what was a bad kick return last year, has gotten this far at his height and size but, man, it's hard to imagine him making it through a big hit in the NFL.
Kafka Arrives: While he isn't a rookie anymore, Mike Kakfa arrived to camp fighting for his job for perhaps the first time in his career. With rookie Nick Foles a lock, it will be Kafka and Trent Edwards fighting for the back up spot.
Penn State: Eagles 1st year tight end Brett Brackett was swarmed by reporters when he arrived on Sunday, as he is the only member of the Eagles who played at Penn State. Brackett, who worked out at Penn State during the offseason, said he understands why the Paterno statue had to come down. "If they feel it's the best thing to help people move on, then it's probably the best thing to do," said Brackett.
Rookies Arrive at Lehigh (via Eliot Shorr-Parks)
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