When the Philadelphia Eagles run out onto the field for training camp practice at Lincoln Financial Field tomorrow on Monday, July 28th, they will be wearing pads for the first time since they left that field after a playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.
By NFL rule, the Eagles have not been able to wear pads in training camp to this point. The CBA states players can not wear pads or have live contact for the first three days of training camp. For the Eagles, that three-day countdown began on Friday when the entire team reported for camp. The Eagles' Monday practice is beyond the required waiting period.
While Chip Kelly typically doesn't run overly-physical camps, it's apparent the players are excited to put the pads on. Just take a look at the fight that broke out between Trent Cole and LeSean McCoy on Sunday afternoon. McCoy seemed to indicate that some defensive players have been too touchy. When the pads come on tomorrow, the increased physicality will be expected.
Watching players with pads on is obviously more fun than just watching players run around in shorts. The team can work on tackling drills and the players get to take advantage of being more physical. It'll be interesting to see which players shine and which plays fade when the going gets tough.