Philadelphia Eagles rookies met with media prior to the team's first minicamp practice on Friday afternoon. Carson Wentz had his own press conference while other rookies were available in the locker room. Here are some of the highlights from what was said.
Jalen Mills expects to start out at cornerback
Mills is listed as a safety on Philadelphia's roster, but he said he expects to start at cornerback. This is a possibility he hinted at in an interview last week. Cornerback is arguably a more valuable position so some teams like to try their defensive backs out there first before moving them to safety, and not the other way around. The Eagles already have a lot of bodies at cornerback, however, and they need some more at safety. So Mills ultimately might end up on the back end.
Mills was also asked about the character concerns from his past.
Jalen Mills, who was charged w/ battery assault of a woman (dropped after completed program), on why was he charged: pic.twitter.com/HtD1e5etk1— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 13, 2016
Halapoulivaati Vaitai is start out at right tackle
Some have suggested Big V belongs as a guard in the NFL but the Eagles clearly see him as an outside player. In an ideal world, Big V can take over at right tackle when current starter Lane Johnson eventually replaces Jason Peters at left tackle.
Alex McCalister denies being dismissed from Florida
#Eagles rookie DE Alex McCalister said he wasn't kicked off Florida's team before bowl game. Said was just one report; coaches cleared up.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 13, 2016
Florida DE/Eagles 7th-round pick Alex McCalister said he wasn't kicked off the team, and that "it was blown up" by the media.— Josh Paunil (@JoshPaunil) May 13, 2016
@Mfranknfl he said he was injured. Tore ligaments in his ankle.— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) May 13, 2016
So McCalister said he didn't play in the final game because he was hurt; not because he was dismissed. Here's what our Gators writer contact previously had to say about McCalister:
"His dismissal wasn't from something big. It was just him violating an undisclosed team rule with only one game left in the season, and [Gators head coach Jim] McElwain making an example out of players who think they can slip up at any point. I wouldn't be worried about him as a trouble maker."
Byron Marshall will play WR and RB
UDFA RB Byron Marshall (Oregon) said the #Eagles will try him out also at WR. Has versatility.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 13, 2016
No surprise here because Marshall played both positions in college. With that said, he's officially listed as a running back and he wears a running back number (No. 39). His best shot of making the team is probably at running back because the Eagles have a lot of bodies at receiver. Being able to be a contributor at both spots would help his chances of making the final roster, though.
Wendell Smallwood apologizes again
Smallwood already apologized for his old tweets during a press conference shortly after he was drafted, but he was asked about them again today for some reason.
First look at Carson Wentz during practice
Here are some pictures/video of your future Eagles franchise quarterback.
Wentz getting in some work. pic.twitter.com/ZWAbJzZWBW— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) May 13, 2016
Starter-caliber stretching out of Wentz right here. pic.twitter.com/Dxz7CY1bIK— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) May 13, 2016
Two of the greatest players in Eagles franchise history.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) May 13, 2016
(photo: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) pic.twitter.com/CrO84XM4sg