The camp battles might not have the same sex appeal of a Vick versus Foles, but there will be battles nonetheless this spring and summer. On Thursday, we got our first glimpse at how Chip Kelly is framing those competitions as the OTAs continued at the NovaCare Complex.
At safety, Nate Allen got the first team reps opposite Malcolm Jenkins while Earl Wolff ran with the second team.
“Me and Nate have a pretty good friendship and relationship. Basically we both know it’s probably going to come down to the preseason, but we’re both going to give it our all and may the best man win,” said Wolff.
A hyper-extended knee kept Wolff on the sideline down the stretch last year. Allen started all 16 games and had the best season of his career to date. The Eagles brought him back on a one-year deal.
“Nate played pretty good to me. I wasn’t mad the first day we came back and I saw his name above mine. He deserved it,” said Wolff. “I didn’t end the year I wanted to, so I didn’t deserve to be up there as the number one guy.”
Backup quarterback will be another area to keep an eye on. For now, Mark Sanchez is running with the second team and Matt Barkley is with the third team.
“I didn’t know what to expect. I just agreed with the coaches and that they know what is best for the team so I am just trusting them, keep working hard and try to make the most of my reps,” said Barkley.
Do you read anything into it?
“That’s your guys’ job, I guess,” Barkley replied. “It’s not mine.”
Sanchez, who signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Eagles this offseason, underwent shoulder surgery back in October to repair a torn labrum. The veteran QB says that there is no soreness after three days of practice, and there were no noticeable signs that he was limited in the throws he could make.
“I’ve known Matt for a while, since USC. I hosted him on his recruiting trip. I think he’s a great guy,” said Sanchez. “There is a similar mentality across the board in that room in that everyone’s competing. Regardless of what anyone says, we all want to play. Matt wants to start just like I do, just like G.J. [Kinne] does. And there’s nothing wrong with that. You should want to play.”
Kendricks sidelined, Matthews absent
Mychal Kendricks sat out of the latter stages of practice. He appeared to have his right knee wrapped. We’ll provide an update when we get more information. Update: It’s a knee contusion, per Geoff Mosher. Kendricks expects to practice Monday when OTAs resume.] Najee Goode got the first-team snaps next to DeMeco Ryans during team drills.
Everyone appeared to be in attendance with the exception of Ed Reynolds (graduation rules) and Jordan Matthews. Matthews was at an NFLPA event in California and shouldn’t miss any other time outside of today. Brad Smith was the third receiver along with Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.