As the Philadelphia Eagles OTAs have now officially wrapped up, it's time to recap what a positive couple weeks it was for a team poised to compete for a title. Michael Vick has the focus of a future champion, the defensive line has looked spectacular from top to bottom and all the rookies have shown some serious potential.
At this time last year we were talking about getting a collective bargaining agreement. Rookies and veterans alike did not get the benefit of OTAs. Some people believe that OTAs aren't important. That couldn't be farther from the truth. Chemistry is everything in football. It starts with OTAs and builds all summer long. You can't have a great regular season without a great offseason program.
The Eagles are off to a great start this summer. The majority of the stories coming out are incredibly positive. Last year, heading into training camp we were hearing about Brandon Graham being overweight and Jeremy Maclin struggling to fight off a major illness. We also witnessed Mike Patterson's seizure in practice and how all the rookies struggled to adjust in camp.
Those stories and more contributed to a 4-8 start for the Eagles. Eagles fans have to be encouraged by all the positivity coming out of OTAs. The only players who didn't have a good couple weeks were the ones being challenged by others Eagles who had a spectacular start to their summer.
We're still two months away from the first preseason game, but the Philadelphia Eagles are off to a fabulous start to their offseason program with less than a week before the full team minicamp begins on June 12th.