Eagles Stress Importance Of OTAs
By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Running around in shorts in June doesn’t seem like important work for the Eagles. The players feel otherwise.
The Eagles opened up another four-day session of organized team activities. The players were excited to get back on the field, and Quarterback Nick Foles says every snap is critical as the team continues to get ready for the season.
“We’re definitely growing in our offense and growing in our chemistry,” said Foles. “We’ve kept a lot of guys here. We have a good group. The more we play together, the more we build chemistry.”
Continuity is key for NFL teams, and the Eagles offensive line serves as a prime example. The starting five up front was healthy throughout much of the season, and Center Jason Kelce understands how that helps his unit during the off-season workouts.
“It’s huge,” Kelce said. “It’s great to have cohesion on the offensive line. You play better yourself when you know what the guys next to you are going to do. Whenever you have that continuity, it’s better. That’s very rare that all five offensive lineman are going to stay healthy all season.”
The OTAs are also helping the defensive players get up to speed with training camp just over a month away. Cornerback Brandon Boykin is happy to be back on the field as he continues to sharpen his skills during the off-season.
“I just want to be productive,” said Boykin. “I think all of that starts with fundamentals. I want to be better on my fundamentals. A lot of times last year late in the season, I saw myself slacking off, so I’ve got to do better.”
While the Eagles are busy with their OTAs, many are keeping an eye on a recent contract extension in San Francisco. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick received a $126 million dollar deal from the 49ers, and the impact could have an effect on Foles. The Eagles’ starting quarterback has a contract which runs through 2015, but Foles could be in line for a new deal before it expires. Foles says he is only thinking about football and won’t let a future contract serve as a distraction.
“We’ll take care of that when the time comes,” Foles said. “I’m having fun out here. I’m having fun with my teammates and I’m having fun playing this game. We’re working hard here. I’m really just cherishing this. I’m really just trying to make the most of it.”
The Eagles OTAs will run through Thursday. The Wednesday and Thursday sessions will be closed to the media.