Years and years of watching the NFL should teach a fan never to put too much stock in the offseason. Anyone can play well in organized team activities or training camp or even preseason games, and a player’s early success very rarely has an impact on what he does in the regular season.
But the Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a dreadful 4-12 season, and Eagles fans will take any positive signs they can see. The signing of head coach Chip Kelly will bring a different brand of football after 14 years under Andy Reid.
The best bet for a player in the offseason is simply to avoid the news and stay in shape. Players that see injuries to those ahead of them know their own odds to start increase dramatically. Likewise, those penciled in to start aren’t helping themselves with off-the-field drama or debilitating injuries.
It’s tough to get a good read on the Eagles players in limited practices and a shortened offseason thus far, but the following 10 stand out.