Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Gallery

Cody SwartzSenior Writer IJuly 29, 2013

Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Gallery

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    Training camp under Chip Kelly will be completely different from what Philadelphia Eagles fans have grown to expect under Andy Reid.

    The move from Lehigh University to Philadelphia means the fans can't watch all but a limited number of practices. There's a new head coach in town for the first time since 1999. And the quarterback battle, which will likely span the duration of camp, will be fascinating as it unfolds.

    Aside from that, all 53 spots on the roster are up for grabs. Players like Jason Peters and LeSean McCoy can all but assume they're making the team and starting. But Kelly has done some unusual things so far, such as playing Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson with the third team.

    A look at some of the images thus far from training camp show what is going on with the Eagles.

QB Matt Barkley

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    Dennis Dixon probably won't make the team, but the two players on the right are two-thirds of a three-headed quarterback competition that will continue throughout camp.

    The battle between Michael Vick and Nick Foles has gotten much of the hype, but watch for Matt Barkley to work his way into the race. Barkley was seen as a top prospect in the game after his junior season, and a difficult senior campaign dropped his stock all the way to the fourth round. He's still a potential franchise player, and the growing fad of the NFL has been to start rookie quarterbacks immediately.

WR Jeremy Maclin

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    Losing Jeremy Maclin to a season-ending ACL tear was a devastating blow for the Philadelphia Eagles. Maclin was entering his contract year and expected to provide a huge impact to the offense.

    Replacing Maclin won't be easy. In fact, it's probably not possible. General Manager Howie Roseman has already said he will try to compensate for the loss by filling the position within the organization. Here's a brief look at how that could be done. But even if the Eagles can overcome the loss of Maclin, they're much better with him than without him.

TE Zach Ertz

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    Zach Ertz will be counted on to have a big season for the Philadelphia Eagles, even as a rookie. He's a tight end who can line up at many positions on the offense, which is why he was selected with the 35th overall selection.

    Ertz will begin the season as the backup to Brent Celek, but there will be enough two-tight end sets that he will see plenty of time. Fifty to 60 catches is a reasonable total for Ertz's rookie season.

OT Lane Johnson

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    Lane Johnson was a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, and the team will be counting on him to start at right tackle in Week 1.

    Johnson is a boom-or-bust player who will need to pick up a difficult offense in training camp. He has the athleticism to succeed in the NFL, but ultimately what will make or break him will be his ability to protect the quarterback on a weekly basis.

    Should the Eagles go with Michael Vick as their starter, Johnson gets the task of protecting Vick's blind side.

OLB Trent Cole

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    Trent Cole will have a difficult task ahead of him. The Philadelphia Eagles are asking the 30-year-old to transition from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 outside linebacker.

    That means Cole will line up several yards back from his usual spot, playing from a standing position rather than with his hand on the ground. He won't be asked to drop into coverage too much, but there will be times when he may be asked to run with a running back or even a tight end.

    Cole had just three sacks in 2012, and his contract pays him a high enough annual value that he has something to prove this coming season.

ILB Mychal Kendricks

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    After a promising start to his rookie season, Mychal Kendricks struggled for the greater part of 2012. He was too often overmatched in pass coverage and didn't provide a positive impact as a defender in the running game.

    He could be poised for a breakout campaign in '13, seeing as the Philadelphia Eagles will be switching to a 3-4 defense and moving Kendricks inside. While at the University of California, Kendricks did play some inside linebacker in a 3-4. He has terrific speed and can chase down runners anywhere on the field.

WR Ifeanyi Momah

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    If Ifeanyi Momah can make the Philadelphia Eagles and become a playmaker, the team has an absolute steal. He's a 6'7" receiver who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, although he hasn't played an official football game in nearly two years.

    His odds of making the roster just went up when Jeremy Maclin was lost with an injury. Momah will have training camp and preseason to prove his worth.

DE Fletcher Cox

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    The Philadelphia Eagles seem to have made a terrific pick with defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, who was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. Cox registered 5.5 sacks as a tackle playing in a 4-3.

    He will be asked to transition to 5-technique end in a 3-4, but his athleticism suggests he should be able to handle the move. Opposite Cox the Eagles will have a long camp battle between a handful of players to see who starts.

G Evan Mathis

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    Evan Mathis has turned into one of the best players for the Philadelphia Eagles. The team knows exactly what it has in the left guard.

    Mathis is a tenacious blocker. He's equally effective in the passing game as the rushing game. He can get to the second level to open up holes for LeSean McCoy, and he's started 31 of 32 games since joining the team as a free agent.

    On an offensive line filled with players returning from injury or rookies stepping in, Mathis is a vital piece.

S Kenny Phillips

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    Kenny Phillips is a big question mark for the Philadelphia Eagles. His knee has already started giving him trouble, and that's precisely why the team gave him no guaranteed money.

    Phillips will start at free safety if healthy. He was a terrific cover safety for the 2011 New York Giants that won the Super Bowl. But Phillips has struggled to stay on the field, and that's why the Giants opted not to renew his contract when he hit free agency.

RB Chris Polk

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    Chris Polk has shown very little since the Philadelphia Eagles claimed him as an undrafted free agent a year ago. He will spend training camp fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster.

    Polk is buried on the depth chart behind LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Felix Jones. If Polk turns in a good showing in the preseason, he will have secured himself a spot. If he looks mediocre, Kelly may sign a running back who currently doesn't have a team.

QB Michael Vick

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    Will Michael Vick win the starting job? If so, how many games will he actually play in 2013? Can he read defenses well enough to run Chip Kelly's offense? Has he really learned how to hold onto the football?

    If he doesn't win the starting job, will he be cut? Would any other team want him?

    Training camp and preseason will answer all of those questions for Vick, who will be one of the most-watched players in the league in August.

DE Cedric Thornton

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    Cedric Thornton is set to enter training camp as the other 3-4 end starting opposite Fletcher Cox. That's not an ideal situation, as Thornton is probably best suited as a rotational player.

    Thornton will battle a handful of players, notably Clifton Geathers, Vinny Curry, and Damion Square. Bennie Logan could see action as well, although he will likely see more time at 0-technique nose tackle or as a defensive tackle in the 4-3 under.

OLB Brandon Graham

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    Like Trent Cole, Brandon Graham will also move to outside linebacker to accommodate the new 3-4 defense.

    Graham started to show signs of life last season after two disappointing campaigns in a row. The former first-round pick is explosive off the line of scrimmage, and he could push for 10 or more sacks in 2013.