The Philadelphia Eagles’ offseason program ramped up another level last week, as full-squad practices got underway during OTAs. Slowly but surely, the Birds continue their preparations for training camp.
Members of the media were invited to watch practice on Thursday, providing our first real glimpse into the club’s progress on the football field since the 2013 campaign wrapped. And based on some of the initial reports emanating from the NovaCare Complex, a handful of players’ stocks are already on the rise.
Now, it should be noted that these are the earliest observations of a process that’s still in its infancy. I believe it’s a tad disingenuous to suggest anybody’s “stock” is seriously “on the rise” after a few measly practices in shorts and T-shirts.
Nobody is winning or has even taken the lead in any roster battles. If there is truly an open competition at a position, nothing decisive is going to happen until training camp—regardless of how the depth chart reads today.
That being said, it pays to start out on top. Positive practice reports never hurt anybody, either. So, with all that being said, here’s the latest analysis on the good work at OTAs.