By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles full squad is in place at the nest.
Thursday was an off day for the players after two days of workouts with rookies and selected veterans. The rest of the veterans arrived during the day, and the first full-squad workout will take place on Friday. Running back LeSean McCoy says he’s eager to put the team’s dismal 2012 season behind him.
“It’s over,” said McCoy. “You think about all of the bad things that happened. We’ve kind of put that to rest. It’s a new season and a new coach and tines of new players and new schemes. Everything is so different.”
McCoy and the rest of the offensive players couldn’t escape questions about the quarterback battle. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson understands it may take a while before Chip Kelly decides on his starter under center.
“It’s really good to know,” Jackson said. “If it goes all the way down to training camp, then that’s a part of our jobs. Regardless of who is starting tomorrow or September before the season starts, I’m definitely okay with the competition. We have some great quarterbacks who can get the job done.”
The defensive players are also excited to get started. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans wants to see how the defense will come together during training camp.
“We’ve done it in the spring in shorts,” said Ryans. “Let’s see how aggressive and how physical guys are when we put the pads on.”
One of the most heated position battles is expected to take place in the secondary. Safety Kurt Coleman is one player fighting for a starting job. Coleman says he will focus on what he needs to do and not the players surrounding him in a crowded defensive backfield.
“I’m going to bring whatever I bring to the table,” Coleman said. “I’m going to fly around and be a leader. I’m going to make plays. That’s just what I do.”
The team will likely put on the pads for the first time on Sunday, which is also the day of the first training camp practice at Lincoln Financial Field.