It brings me great joy to type the following: Philadelphia Eagles training camp practices begin tomorrow!
The Eagles had four non-contact, OTA-style practices last week but now stuff is about to get real as the pads go on for the first time this offseason. Reporters will also now be permitted to watch these sessions, thus meaning the return of practice notes. We’re finally back, baby.
But there’s still some time to kill until tomorrow gets here so why not pass it by listening to the latest BGN Radio podcast? Jimmy Kempski and I preview camp by going over the players we’re more excited to see.
1 - Jalen Reagor
The Eagles are counting on getting at least kind of immediate impact out of their 2020 first-round pick. In that vein, it’ll be concerning if he’s not standing out in a good way. Reagor should be able to flash in this type of environment. He better be burning some defenders at some point. It’ll also be interesting to see how the Eagles are lining him up. Doug Pederson previously said Reagor was only going to start out by learning the Z role behind DeSean Jackson but then Reagor himself said he’s learning both Z and X. Training camp could give us a sense of how much Reagor is ready to contribute right away.
2 - Darius Slay
I excluded Slay from my “13 players that would’ve been the most interesting to watch in the first preseason game” list because I don’t know how much he would’ve actually played. We’re going to get a long look at Slay in camp, though. Heck, we’ve already seen him get beat by DeSean Jackson on two reps. Slay is bound to have his fair share of wins as well. He’s another dude who should stand out in this environment given his sticky coverage ability and knack for making plays on the ball. A strong camp from Slay will only have fans even more excited about his outlook as a true No. 1 shutdown corner.
3 - Andre Dillard
It’s not always easy to evaluate trench play in these practices. There’s a lot to watch for, the angles we get aren’t always the best, defensive linemen aren’t allowed to go all out like they would in a real game setting, etc. With that said, you can still typically see when an offensive lineman is getting beat badly. See: Joe Ostman roasting Jordan Mailata last summer. The Eagles need Dillard to turn in a strong summer. His weight gain some help him when it comes to dealing with the bull rush.
You can listen to the podcast for the remaining players we discussed. We also talked about what the Eagles should do with Zach Ertz’s contract situation, Greg Ward’s projected starting role, linebackers the team could add, Howard Mudd memories, and even more.
Which players are you most excited to hear about?
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