Eagles Wake-Up Call: OTAs Preview

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The Eagles begin OTAs today. This morning’s session starts at 10:50 and is fully open to the media. Our first chance, then, to check out the 2016 squad led by first-year head coach Doug Pederson.

Here’s the full schedule (with the four media access days in bold):
— May 17, 18, 19
— May 24, 25, 26
–May 31, June 1, June 2, June

As a reminder, contact is not permitted  but teams are allowed to conduct 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Here’s what we’re looking for as practices get underway:

Bradford’s behavior

Sam Bradford is scheduled to address reporters in the auditorium this afternoon. It will be his first public comments since demanding a trade following the Eagles’ move up to No. 2 to select Carson Wentz. How Bradford conducts himself from this point forward will impact the health of the locker room, for better or worse. Will he be fully engaged, or noticeably distant? Will the presence of Wentz motivate him or knock him off-kilter? Will he do his part to form a decent working relationship with the rookie, or ice him out? We get our first exposure to the Bradford/Wentz dynamic this week. Read more »

‘You Might Be the Next Freak’

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At the Combine, Alex McCalister‘s formal interview card was completely filled up — both front and back — with teams trying to figure out exactly what type of prospect they were dealing with.

“Like if you Google my name, you read, you’re probably like, ‘This kid’s crazy,'” said McCalister, the 6-6 edge rusher out of Florida. “So just being in front of cats, just talking, showing who I really am definitely helped.”

There was plenty of explaining to do. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: How the Rookies Fit

Isaac Seumalo. (USA Today Sports)

Isaac Seumalo. (USA Today Sports)

When the Eagles drafted Isaac Seumalo, they made it clear the third-round pick would immediately join the battle for the starting left guard job. But because the graduation rule doesn’t allow a player to take part in team activities until their school’s academic year is complete, Seumalo won’t rejoin the Eagles on the field until July.

The Oregon State product, who participated in the three-day rookie minicamp, will be sidelined until training camp, which could hurt his chances to beat out teammates like Allen BarbreStefen Wisniewski and Andrew Gardner.

“It sucks, but I’m going to make it a positive and work my butt off,” Seumalo said. “Whatever playbook access I have, I’ll obsess over it and deal with the hand I’m dealt and do my best.” Read more »

Weekend Reading: Golson Fighting the Odds

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Here are some Eagles-related links as rookie minicamp is underway.

Dave Zangaro of CSN Philly shines the spotlight on former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who is taking part in the Eagles’ rookie camp on a tryout basis.

At some point during the three-day rookie camp this weekend, the quarterback, who is on a tryout with the Eagles, will look across the locker room and see the three lockers on a row that say Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz.

Golson, of Notre Dame and Florida State fame, knows his chances of making the Eagles aren’t very good. In fact, his chances are microscopic.

But he doesn’t care; he can’t. Read more »

Wentz Takes Field For First Time, Talks Bradford

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Their paths have yet to cross. The last time Carson Wentz was at NovaCare, Sam Bradford‘s holdout (or whatever you want to call it) was still ongoing. This time around, a photo was posted of Bradford getting ready to hop a plane out of town on the same afternoon that Wentz’s was touching down in Philly.

No conversations yet, either. Wentz told reporters on Friday that he has yet to reach out to Bradford and that the two haven’t spoken. That’ll likely change on Monday when both players are expected to be in the building, working together.

“Personally, I don’t think there will be a lot of tension,” said Wentz when asked if he’s anxious to smooth things out. “I think people might make it out to be but I think the coaches and everybody will be on the same page and I think it’ll be a really good working relationship for sure.” Read more »

Jalen Mills: ‘I’m Not Guilty For Anything’

Jalen Mills. (USA Today Sports)

Jalen Mills. (USA Today Sports)

When the Eagles traded for the second pick in the draft and reduced their number of selections last month, it impacted the players they picked in the later rounds.

“The biggest factors to us was not having as many picks in the early going as we used to,” Howie Roseman said after the draft, “so we felt like later in the draft, taking shots on guys in the seventh round, really having the best undrafted process we ever had, became a priority to us.”

One player the Eagles took a chance on was LSU defensive back Jalen Mills, who expected to be picked in the second or third round. However, he fell to the seventh round, likely in part because of his fractured left fibula last August and his 2014 arrest for allegedly punching a woman in the mouth, which briefly knocked her unconscious. Read more »

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