Position battles as the Eagles prepare for training camp
Position battles as the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for camp will be as important for continuing success as any other factor. Five months after winning the ultimate prize, a team as good as the Eagles shouldn’t have a lot of question marks. The Eagles are as free of drama at most positions as any team in recent memory. However there here are some interesting choices the coaching staff will have to make as they prepare for the upcoming season.
Two spots at the receiver group are locked up by Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. There will be no position battles here as Jeffery is the number one wideout and Agholor is the starting slot receiver. That leaves eight guys fighting for the other five spots depending on how many receivers Head Coach Doug Pederson decides to keep.
Veteran receiver Mike Wallace would figure to have the inside track starting opposite Jeffery. Wideout Mack Hollins will have something to say about this battle as he enters his second year in this offense. Furthermore, Hollins will look to use his athleticism more naturally this year working in Pederson’s offense.
Running back showdown
No Eagles fan can forget the amazing catch that fan favorite Corey Clement made in the Super Bowl. Clement scored a touchdown while showing the soft hands of a wideout in the process. He showed, on the biggest stage possible, that he has amazing playmaking ability. Clement starts the season as the backup running back but will have a chance to unseat starter Jay Ajayi. As position battles go, the only drama is who will be the fourth running back behind Darren Sproles?
What was once a spot of weakness for this team should now be a position of strength. This is only the case if Jordan Hicks can prove to stay healthy over the course of an entire season. He could be the most talented linebacker on the roster. The problem is if he gets hurt again for a significant amount of time there will be position battles at the position. While not a household name, free agent pickup Corey Nelson could perhaps push Hicks for his spot. They had more depth after another free agent pickup, Paul Worrilow, however, his season is over due to a torn ACL.
Quarterbacks head to head
Carson Wentz is the unquestioned leader of the team. His spot is not one where position battles will determine roster spots. Nick Foles will have a chance though to make things uncomfortable for Wentz. Wentz is coming off an injury and Foles is the reigning Super Bowl MVP. It would be only human that Wentz would feel additional pressure to come back sooner. What was once thought to be unthinkable is not completely far-fetched. The fact that Foles could, in fact, carry this team well into the season is not an impossibility.
There is not another roster in the league top to bottom as strong as the Eagles. Heading into camp, without any more significant injuries, the battle for roster spots will only harden their championship edge.
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Depth chart from Philadelphiaeagles.com