PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Earl Wolff has been battling Nate Allen for the Eagles starting strong safety position throughout the summer. Wolff is entering his second NFL season, while Allen is entering his fifth.
After re-signing with the Eagles on a one-year deal in the offseason, Allen has been impressive during the Eagles’ first three preseason games accumulating seven tackles and an interception. Allen did not play in the Eagles final preseason game on Thursday against the Jets, signifying he has won the starting job at strong safety opposite Malcolm Jenkins.
“My goal was to win the starting job and I don’t really know where I’m at,” Wolff said after the game. “Nate didn’t play today, which means he’s the starter. I don’t know how much I will rotate in. I don’t know too much. All I know is that I can only control what I can control and that’s me.”
Wolff, after recording a tackle and a forced fumble (his second of the preseason), admitted he wasn’t pleased about losing the starting job.
“I’m not happy, but I wouldn’t necessarily say disappointed,” Wolff admitted. “I feel like today I needed those reps, I’m still kind of getting back into it [after a knee injury suffered last November] and today I was able to see some things a lot better than I saw them in the first couple of games.”
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