Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp 2012: Who Makes Up the Selected Veterans List?

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Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp 2012: Who Makes Up the Selected Veterans List?
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Philadelphia Eagles training camp begins Sunday, July 22nd, with rookies and selected veterans as the first to arrive by 5:00 p.m. They will be joined by the rest of the team on July 25th, and the first full-squad practice that is open to the fans is on July 27th.

To be honest, I've never really given it much thought before, but have you ever wondered what "selected veterans" means or who this list includes?

Someone asked me this question over the weekend, and I found myself not really knowing the answer. Well, since the person who asked me the question is close to me, my answer was logical with just a hint of sarcasm: They are the players whom the coaches "select" to come in...duh!

I followed that up by saying things like they're the players who need the extra work and are able to get extra attention from the coaches, along with players who are "on the roster bubble."

Sounds logical, right?

Furthermore, I thought these players would be made up of long-shots, first or second-year guys, and/or older vets who need to make a good impression if they hope to be around come September.

While some of that may be true, the closest thing I could find to a real answer as to who makes up the list of selected veterans is as follows—quarterbacks and injured players.

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The leader of the team is a "selected veteran"
That's basically it.

So, for the most part, when you hear "rookies and selected veterans," it means all of the rookies (including the undrafted guys), the quarterbacks and the players who have been either rehabbing or had surgery during the offseason.

Going by that, here is a list of players who should be at Lehigh on July 22nd.

 

Quarterbacks

Mike Vick, Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards, Nick Foles

 

Players Who Had Surgery This Past Offseason

Jamar Chaney (neck fusion), Keenan Clayton (sports hernia), Brent Celek (sports hernia, torn hip labrum), Colt Anderson (torn ACL, December), Moise Fokou (high ankle sprain surgery, December)

 

Veterans Who Ended 2011 Injured and Could Be Deemed Questionable

Mike Patterson (AVM), Antonio Dixon (torn tricep), Kurt Coleman (partially torn bicep), Brandon Graham (fully recovered?)

 

Rookies and Other Players Who Should Be Reporting

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Chaney should be another selected vet

Wide Receivers

Elvis Akpla, McKay Jacobson, Damaris Johnson, Marvin McNutt, Jamel Hamler, Ronald Johnson, Tiger Jones

 

Tight Ends

Chase Ford, Brett Brackett

 

Offensive Linemen

D.J. Jones, Dennis Kelly, Brandon Washington, Alfred McCullough, Thomas Welch

 

Defensive Linemen

Vinny Curry, Fletcher Cox, Monte Taylor, Tevita Finau, Cedric Thornton, Frank Trotter

 

Defensive Backs

Brandon Boykin, Cliff Harris, D.J. Johnson, Wade Bonner, Tom Nelson

 

Running Backs/Fullbacks

Bryce Brown, Chris Polk, Jeremy Stewart, Emil Igwenagu, Stanley Havili

 

Linebackers

Mychal Kendricks, Ryan Rau, Greg Lloyd, Monte Simmons

 

Punter

Ryan Tydlacka

 

Other Players Who Would Benefit By Reporting Early

Chad Hall, Dallas Reynolds, Mike Gibson, Curtis Marsh, Dion Lewis, Brandon Hughes

Getting a few extra days worth of attention from the coaches can be invaluable to young players. Once the entire team is there, the focus starts shifting toward the starters and implementing schemes.

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Chad Hall could use the work

This is when the guys who are considered long-shots to make the roster start fading into the background and have to really stand out in order to get noticed by the coaches.

As for the players who are returning from injury, reporting early gives the trainers and coaches a little extra time to see where they're at in terms of their injury. After assessing them, they can either clear them for full participation or decide on how to ease them in.

The rookies and selected veterans all get a chance to get acclimated and receive personalized attention before the crowd arrives. Because on July 25th, the party gets started for real and things start going 100 MPH in a race toward opening day.

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