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Six notes from Philadelphia Eagles rookie minicamp

Some quick updates.

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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.

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

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

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.

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