After winning 10 games and the NFC East crown as a rookie head coach, Chip Kelly has set the bar high. The Philadelphia Eagles return an immensely talented team—minus DeSean Jackson—and the rest of the division doesn't seem to pose much of a threat.
The team's main goal during training camp and the preseason should be avoiding injuries. In 2012, All-Pro offensive tackle Jason Peters tore his Achilles tendon, and the Eagles never recovered. Last year, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore his ACL and missed the entire season.
This summer, Philadelphia has been remarkably healthy. The recent suspension of first-round right tackle Lane Johnson, first reported by Paul Domowitch of The Daily News, doesn't help, but the injury report has been nearly bare.
Getting strong performances from the rookies will be key for Kelly. The recent draft classes have been spectacular. The 2012 draft yielded four standout players in Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Nick Foles and Brandon Boykin. Last year looks to be promising as well, highlighted by Johnson, Zach Ertz and Bennie Logan in the first three rounds.
For the 2014 Eagles to advance far in the postseason, they will need contributions from their rookie class as well. Here is a breakdown of what each draft pick should be aiming for in both training camp and the regular season. Not every undrafted rookie is included, but a few who could play significant roles are on the list.