Eagles Focused On Fundamentals At Workouts
By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is already speculation about the Eagles depth chart with off-season workouts underway. The head coach says now is not the time to worry about who is running with the top unit.
The Eagles held another day of off-season workouts on Tuesday and will continue with their latest round of OTAs through Thursday. While there will be several position battles throughout the summer, Chip Kelly is more worried about the basics at this stage of the off-season.
“We’re just getting reps,” said Kelly. “Our ones and twos and threes are getting the same amount of reps. All we are trying to do is see if we can get three reps a minute as fast as we can go, get it on tape and coach off of that. There’s nothing to read into because we’re not playing a game until September.”
While the depth chart will be sorted out throughout training camp, players are excited to continue with their off-season work. Veterans such as Trent Cole feel re-energized after going through Kelly’s training regiment a year ago.
“I feel really good,” Cole said. “I’m just a lot more experienced and I know a lot more. There’s a lot of different things in our regiment that will keep us fresh.”
While some players are coming off of an injury-free season, others are eager to return after injuries shortened their 2013 campaign. Safety Earl Wolff was sidelined at the end of the 2013 season and was excited to get back to work this spring.
“It’s me remembering how bad I wanted to be on the field with those guys,” said Wolff. “I was more eager to come back. When I started training in the off-season, I felt like I was a little more motivated.”
Mark Sanchez missed all of the 2013 season in New York with a shoulder injury, and the Eagles continue to monitor the quarterback’s throws at the OTAs. Sanchez believes his recovery is on schedule. He knows he will be fighting for a backup job behind Nick Foles, but says his approach won’t change as he continues with his workouts.
“You work like you’re going to play,” Sanchez said. “Nothing really changes that way. Your approach stays the same. You just have a good attitude about it and work hard and show these guys you’ll be ready to play if you get called on.”
The OTAs continue for the Eagles on Wednesday and Thursday.