The Philadelphia Eagles entered training camp with only one starting job seemingly at stake. That would be at safety, where veteran Nate Allen was set to battle 2013 fifth-round pick Earl Wolff for the second summer in a row.
Now that the Birds have a couple of preseason games in the books, though, we know quite a bit more about the roster than we did back in July. And while the competition between Allen and Wolff is not over, the depth chart is certainly beginning to take shape.
From the looks of things today, Allen is the likely Week 1 starter barring a major reversal in Philadelphia’s third exhibition game. That’s the big “dress rehearsal,” as it’s often referred to around the league, and the last time key players will hit the field until the regular season gets underway.
Simply put, Allen has been around the ball a lot more this summer. Officially, the fifth-year veteran has seven tackles to Wolff’s three. Allen also recorded an interception, which has probably been the biggest difference-maker up to this point.
When the Eagles host the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 7, expect Allen to be lined up in the secondary opposite Malcolm Jenkins. With that out of the way, here’s what else we’ve learned halfway through the preseason.