Philadelphia Eagles: Who Will Win Key Training Camp Battles?
Every training camp, there are underdogs who surpass all expectations and win camp battles. Sixth-round pick Jason Kelce won a starting job in just his rookie season. Who will take a step forward in 2014?
The Philadelphia Eagles have plenty of depth on their roster this offseason. It would not be shocking if the Eagles kept six wide receivers. The starting corners also have not yet been solidified.
Who will win the key training camp battles? Read on to see four battles and their predicted outcomes.
1. Beau Allen
According to Jeff McLane of the The Philadelphia Inquirer, Beau Allen has shined so far in training camp and made the most of his opportunities. He certainly has a real chance of winning the starting job at nose tackle.
Bennie Logan is still nursing a hamstring injury, according to McLane. However, even if healthy, the 6'2", 317-pound Logan is not an ideal fit at NT due to his size. Allen, on the other hand, is 6'2", 333 pounds and the largest defensive lineman on the roster.
If he continues to play well, especially in the preseason games, he will likely start.
2. Nolan Carroll
While Carroll has not run with the first team as often as Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, per Kempski, his dominance has likely not gone unnoticed. Williams was a bit inconsistent in 2013, while Fletcher was good but not great.
Carroll could certainly nab a starting job with a strong preseason performance. Worst-case scenario, he would be an excellent situational player.
3. Ifeanyi Momah
Last season, Ifeanyi Momah failed to even win a spot on the practice squad.
This season, he is looking much more comfortable and has even received first-team reps, according to McLane.
It's rare to find a 6'7" receiver who runs a 4.40 40-yard dash. Momah's size makes him an intriguing red-zone option and could give him the edge.
4. Zach Ertz
Zach Ertz improved toward the end of the 2013 season, recording four touchdowns in the last eight games and one touchdown in the Wild Card Round loss to the New Orleans Saints.
He has had a stellar training camp so far and has emerged as a dominant red-zone weapon, according to NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks.
Current starter Brent Celek is a superior blocker, but Ertz is much more talented as a receiver. If he can continue to play well, he may get the starting job due to his ability to create mismatches in the passing game.