Camp Notes: Wolff Runs With the Ones

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

For much of the spring and summer, Nate Allen has occupied the starting safety spot opposite Malcolm Jenkins. On Wednesday, though, it was Earl Wolff running with the ones.

“I saw it this morning,” said Wolff, speaking about the depth chart. “I don’t think too much of it. I just went in there, made a couple plays.”




"I thought he did well," added Jenkins. "As far as communications he was loud, he was on point, he thought before the play. I know they're going to be continuously rotating -- even I was with the twos a couple practices ago -- it's good for him to get that exposure, those reps, and I'm watching the competition just like you guys."

Wolff looks fully recovered from the knee injury that kept him out of action down the stretch last season. He has flashed at times early on in camp.  The most notable play came at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday, where he broke on a pass intended for Arrelious Benn along the sidelines and extended himself to come up with the deflection. The second year safety out of N.C. State is still a work in progress, but seems to be coming along.

"I feel real comfortable with everything," said Wolff. "When it comes to my press technique, when it comes to my zone drops. I feel like last year I got out-leveraged a couple times. I feel like I've been doing a great job of getting width and depth at the same time. Every day I watch film, I write my corrections down and then I work on them the next day, and I feel like that's what's really getting me better."

Jenkins was asked for his take on the two men fighting for the spot next to him.

"Nate is a veteran. He knows what he's doing, he's in the right place at the right time. I think what everyone wants to see is him just cut it loose," he said. "Last year because he was the veteran he had to get guys lined up and that kind of slowed down his progression but I think this year playing next to me where you've got two veterans that can make calls, you want to see him cut it loose.

"Earl is a young player that has a lot of talent. Everything he's done thus far has been off of raw talent and his athleticism. He just has to learn the game when it comes to being loud and decisive with his calls, knowing what offenses are giving him. And that all comes with time. You have two different dynamics  but they're both great players and I know whoever ends up on that other side is going to be more than capable of getting the job done."

Defense comes alive

The defense did not register a single interception through the first three training camp practices. Good for the quarterbacks, not so good for this Eagles secondary, who were starting to hear about it.

"Yeah I know y'all was talking about us yesterday -- three days without an interception and stuff like that," said Cary Williams. "So we relayed the message, me and Jenk [Jenkins] and we got to it today."

They got four of them, to be exact. Jenkins had a pair of picks and both Williams and Brandon Boykin grabbed one each. Mark Sanchez was intercepted twice while Nick Foles and Matt Barkley were both picked once.

"You know they're going to come back tomorrow ready to go and are going to make adjustments," said Jenkins. "It's got to be an ongoing thing."

While the secondary made a bunch of big plays, it should also be noted that Jordan Matthews did as well. His best practice as an Eagle, in my opinion. Just all over the place.

Injury update

Bennie Logan (hamstring) returned to practice. Riley Cooper (foot), Chris Polk (hamstring) and Julian Vandervelde (back) all sat out. Chip Kelly said he expects everyone to be back within the next few days.

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  • magicmikec

    Jordan Matthews had his best practice as an Eagle…It seems someone reports this after every practice!

    • Javi Echie

      Do you expect anything less from the best WR in the NFL?

    • Amar, CB who bought in

      These guys were passser-bys who happened to stumble upon Eagles practice ft. Jordan Matthews.
      They are now the most highly sought after sports reporters in the country.

      • mosquito killer

        let’s call it the jordan matthews show, featuring the eagles.

  • peteike

    Matthews needs to supplant Smith and someone/anyone needs to move up and take Maehls spot.

    • Javi Echie

      Unless Benn, Momah, or any of the other roster bubble wrs can outplay him on special teams I don’t see them supplanting him.

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        Stop with Mohmah. He’s terrible. Why do we keep doing this?

        • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

          What are we without hope?

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            Token

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Zing!

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            logging out to double upvote as a guest

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Brevity is the soul of wit. I bow my head in respectitude.

        • Javi Echie

          I completely agree with you I am not a fan of his at all that’s why I don’t see him beating out anybody to make this team.

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Momah > Burress. Because.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      Huff and Benn are way ahead physically. Maehl jumping from 3’s to 1’s is more that they don’t want to put pressure on rooks yet. Matthews is about to cure cancer, world hunger, teenage pregnancy and illiteracy along with negotiating world peace…his plate is full, can’t put undue pressure of running with 1’s

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        But the economics major can’t solve the growing economic disparity, the dissipation of the middle class, or stop companies from ex-patriating jobs? Idiot.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          nope, he would of learned that in his 4th yr. if the guy wasn’t so lazy and took the shortcut to graduate from Vandy w/ econ in 3 yrs, wouldn’t have this problem anymore.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            This will be his fatal flaw. You wait.

    • anon

      smith is on the team he does everything.

      • peteike

        right, Im not saying cut him just in terms of snaps and starts

        • anon

          think we’re going to see smith a fair amount at QB, some zone read keepers, some redzone plays w’ triple option.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      I’d bet anything Matthews starts the season as the slot receiver.

      • peteike

        ugh no. Just want to see some other guys get some snaps which Im sure will happen.

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          you want to see him outside?

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Yes. Anywhere with the ones.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            I like Cooper/Maclin on the outside, Matthews as an instant upgrade over Avant in the slot. And we never talk about Smith or D.Johnson in the slot again.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            I meant on the outside with Cooper being sidelined. When Coop’s back, back to the inside.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            I like it

          • peteike

            practice squad works. Ok I havent seen enough yet to be honest, I guess ST helps

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            Matthews? Practice Squad? You’re messing with us.

          • peteike

            oh duh, I was off that whole back n forth. Was talking Maehl

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Has to be talking about Matthews of Clan Casey.

            Has to be.

      • Amar, CB who bought in

        I bet Matthews first stands on the field, followed by the offense and defense just lining up around him.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    com’on Wolffie! have zero desire to see NFL average Allen play safety. only hope of seeing elite safety play anytime soon is if Wolff steps up. if I can live with Casey as 4m insurance policy at #3 TE, Nate at 2m riding pine wont bother me slightly

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      Wolff, Kendricks, Boykin, Cox – defense is nothing if not athletic Cliff. I’m excited about Wolff/Jenkins at the safety positions – didn’t think I’d be saying that 2 months ago.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        if they can just get him pointed in the right direction, he can make plays that Allen can only dream of. I think it’s a sooner or later deal, even if Allen starts off the season, simply for trust factor.

        • peteike

          just thinking if they can get some continuity back there we may see a better CW, press more with less cushion. Carroll getting some reps also and now the DBs will just seem much better. This team was already sure tackling which was nice and with the scheme improving over last season just hope it continues. I would like a bit more LB depth though. Im hearing Denver is stacked with LBs, they are saying they may have to cut 2 that will both make teams elsewhere. Can someone get that info to Howie and Co to keep an eye out.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            as always, the answer is…trade Graham ;)

          • dnabrice

            Hey, I heard that Dion Jordan wasn’t doing so well with the Dolphins. Maybe the Eagles should try to trade Graham for him!

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        I didn’t think you’d be saying it now, either.

      • PaoliBulldog

        Neither Jenkins nor Allen gets me very excited. I’d put Watkins at safety and see what he can do.

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      Yeah, I like Nate more than most but his ceiling at this stage is “solid starter” and with Wolff being much younger you have to be pulling for him to come out on top in that battle. If Carroll continues to look good our secondary suddenly starts to look much stronger and deeper than it did a few months ago.

  • Clamdigger

    My boy, Wolff with the 1st team! Wooo!

  • MediaMike

    I’m looking forward to seeing how our safety play can improve this year.

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      It already has improved. There’s no Chung!

      • MediaMike

        Great start.

      • MagatBrackendale

        Everybody whack Chung tonight….or at least whenever he’s in town.

  • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

    Just an FYI T-Mac, as of today, practicing with the first team is now referred to as “Running with Matthews.”

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      in Spain, the bulls run with Jordan

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        *from Jordan

    • TMcManus247

      Noted.

  • PaoliBulldog

    I’m rooting for Maclin and all that but think the top three receivers will soon be Matthews, Cooper and Huff. Matthews ought to be able to line up inside as well as outside, while Huff looks like a prototypical slot guy.

    • anon

      in what world do you think cooper is better than maclin?

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        Maclin’s younger, faster, runs better routes, has proven himself over a longer period and (2012 notwithstanding) has better hands.

        Riley has better ACLs and………hair?

        Still gonna go with Maclin though.

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Clearly, you underrate the value of having the hair of a Greek god. Shame.

        • Presbyton

          cooper is bigger.

        • mosquito killer

          they’re both 26, their 40 times are fairly close (4.45 vs. 4.53) and cooper is bigger and stronger. idk who has the better hands or who’s the better blocker, but in this offense, that’ll be important.

    • Ian Farley

      one season off the team and we forget what maclin was. All his stats are while playing second fiddle to Jackson. He is going to get fed the ball like DeSean did a year ago. Mac will get more targets and plenty of opportunity to get 75-1000-8TD this season.

      Maclin as a starter
      ’09 56-773-4 TD
      ’10 70-964-10 TD
      ’11 63-859-5 TD
      ’12 69-857-7 TD
      Cooper as a starter
      ’13 47-835-8TD

  • MattE

    Interesting what Jenkins said about Allen just being able to cut it loose. When an “average starter” at best is making all calls in the secondary there will be problems. Being good at something is one thing, being able to delegate work in an industry is quite another.

  • dnabrice

    I can’t believe the Pats picked up Chung. Watch out Revis!!!