Eagles training camp is just about a month away. Although the front office has addressed nearly every need facing the team this offseason, there are still question marks across the Eagles’ depth chart.
Let’s take a look at each offensive position group for the Eagles and pinpoint a player worth watching once camp gets underway.
Quarterback: Carson Strong
Of course, all eyes will be on Jalen Hurts during camp this year. That’s to be expected. But the depth behind him is almost just as interesting, especially undrafted free agent Carson Strong. Strong was projected to be a second or third-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, until injury concerns cropped up. He potentially has long-term knee issues that could cut his career short, which is undoubtedly the reason he went undrafted.
Nevertheless, Strong has a solid skill set for the NFL. He possesses a compact delivery, a cannon for an arm, and fine accuracy on short-to-intermediate throws. He’s not going to impact the game with his legs, but that never deterred his production at the collegiate level. Over the final two years of his Nevada career, Strong completed at least 70 percent of his passes while tossing 63 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions.
At worst, Strong is a long-term backup option for the Eagles. We’ll get a clearer picture on his ceiling once camp rolls around.
Running Back: Kennedy Brooks
Another undrafted free agent, Oklahoma’s Kennedy Brooks is going to be an intriguing story to follow throughout camp. With Jordan Howard no longer in the picture, the Eagles could view Brooks as his long-term replacement.
Brooks is a north-south runner who rarely goes down upon first contact. He possesses good vision and he has enough burst to hit the hole effectively.
The insertion of Jordan Howard into the Eagles running back rotation last season coincided with the team’s resurgent rushing attack. That’s no coincidence. Adding an element of power to any backfield typically pays off when it’s all said and done. If Brooks proves himself during camp, he’ll more than likely make the final roster.
Tight End: Jack Stoll
While I would argue Tyree Jackson is the more interesting storyline at tight end, his timetable for return is still unclear. Jack Stoll, on the other hand, will start camp as the primary backup to Dallas Goedert most likely.
The undrafted rookie from last year was a very good blocker during his rookie campaign, but he didn’t show a whole lot on the receiving end. He only notched four receptions on the season for 22 yards. Stoll has never been a legitimate receiving threat, even dating back to his college days. In his last full season at Nebraska, Stoll recorded 25 receptions for 234 yards and one touchdown.
His development as a pass catcher would be huge for the Eagles tight end position.
Wide Receiver: Jalen Reagor
Entering year three, this is truly a make or break season for Jalen Reagor. The former first-round pick has failed to live up to expectations and this will more than likely be his last opportunity to prove himself in Philly.
With the additions of A.J. Brown and Zach Pascal, Reagor will need to fight for playing time during camp. Nick Sirianni is a big proponent of competition, believing it brings the best out of players. Hopefully, that sentiment reigns true with Reagor.
Say what you want about the kid, there’s a reason he was drafted in the first-round. He has all the physical tools to become a solid NFL wideout. Maybe this will be the year it finally comes to fruition on the field. Only time will tell.
Offensive Line: Cam Jurgens, Jack Driscoll
The starting five along the Eagles offensive line is essentially set in stone, but there are two depth pieces worth keeping an eye on.
First, rookie center Cam Jurgens. Drafted in the second-round of this year’s NFL Draft, he will more than likely be the heir apparent to Jason Kelce. He draws a lot of comparisons to Kelce; Kelce has even described him as a bigger version of himself. Jurgens is a natural athlete who excels in zone blocking schemes, something the Eagles have done for years.
He may not be a starter for another year or two, but Jurgens’ development will be a key talking point until he is.
Then we have Jack Driscoll, the swiss army knife of the Eagles offensive line. He can reliably play right tackle or either guard position and he continued to prove that last season — filling in for Lane Johnson early in the season and then taking over for Isaac Seumalo once he went down with an injury. Driscoll is good enough to start, and in all honesty, he probably should be the starter at right guard over Seumalo. But, Seumalo is getting paid more. So, yeah.
With Seumalo entering the final year of his deal, this could be the final year we see Driscoll enter camp as a backup. At 25 years old, we already know Driscoll is a reliable player and we should all be excited to see how he develops with another year of backup play.
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