Training camp and preseason is the base and foundation for any great season. This is where teams come together. It's where young players start to develop and the veterans start to gain confidence and build chemistry with each other.
There are also two important things you want to get out of training camp and preseason. You want to stay healthy first of all. There are always a couple really devastating injuries across the league. In 2009, Eagles starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley was lost in August to a ACL tear. That is the last thing any team wants to have happen. Injuries are always the top worry going into training camp and preseason.
The other key for preseason and training camp is figuring out position battles and key team roles. You want your players to assert themselves as starters and key role players. You don't want your players to have to think about what their job is and also think about the player behind them on the depth chart.
The next few weeks will be key for a number of Eagles players. There aren't a lot of starting gigs open this summer, but there are a few a long with several key roles that will play a big part of the Eagles' success in 2012. Here is how these 10 positions and roles will play out at Lehigh.