On Monday, we talked about how it was somewhat surprising to hear that Philadelphia Eagles players were reporting to the NovaCare Complex considering their collective announcement that they wouldn’t be attending in-person voluntary workouts.
We now have more clarity on this situation.
According to the team’s official site, Nick Sirianni and the Eagles’ team leaders agreed to a modified spring schedule. The details, per Dave Spadaro:
1. This week, the team is conducting Phase Two which includes meetings and on-field sessions geared toward fundamentals, schemes, and strength and conditioning.
2. The following two weeks will fall under Phase Three OTA rules designed to provide more time for players and coaches to work together on and off the field. On-field drills will closely mirror that of Phase Two. This year, there will be no 11-on-11 or 7-on-7 work.
3. Following these three weeks of practices, the Eagles’ offseason program will conclude. The players will next convene for the start of Training Camp at the NovaCare Complex when permitted under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Had there been no agreement, it seems like Eagles players would’ve only shown up for the three-day mandatory minicamp in June.
Now there is no minicamp. And still no normal OTA practices. But the players will attend some more instructive practices before breaking for over a month and then returning to the facility for training camp in late July.
Seems like a positive development that Sirianni and the players were able to reach a compromise. The value of spring practices can be overstated but less so for a team implementing a new coaching staff and starting quarterback.