The NovaCare Complex will be a bit more crowded when Eagles' rookies arrive for training camp on Monday. According CSN Philly's Rueben Frank, a handful of veterans will make the trip to training camp a bit early this year. Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon and James Casey are among the non-rookies that will be in the building when the doors open for training camp.
The quarterbacks are all part of an open competition and their early arrival is likely a welcomed site for fans and the coaching staff. Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne will now be accompanied by veterans, who can both compete and advise their young colleagues, which is beneficial to both the team and the players. It is clear that Vick and Foles are not giving each other any advantages.
Casey, who missed OTAs because of a knee scope procedure in May, is likely to be a Swiss Army knife for the Eagles. He has been in the league for four years, but is expected to have the biggest role of his career this season as a fullback/tight end hybrid. He is likely trying to get some reps back that he lost while sitting out of minicamps.
Derek Carrier, B.J. Cunningham, Chris McCoy and Eddie Whitley aren't considered rookies but will participate on Monday as well. Each member of the foursome is fighting for a job. Cunningham, Whitley and Carrier all spent time on the Eagles practice squad last season. McCoy played in the CFL but has also been to training camp for a few teams since coming out of college.