Earlier this week, teams released their Training Camp start dates varying through the 2nd half of July.
In the last quiet month of the off-season, we’ve almost made it back to football season.

The Eagles will begin their Training Camp on July 25th, with their 1st pre-season game scheduled for August 12th.

Only 43 days away.


With 25 days until Training Camp begins, there will be some important stories to watch out for.

  • Special Teams / Return Unit
  • Who Will Start At Right Guard
  • How Much Can The Bulldogs Take Over
  • Jalen Hurts Another Step?

Special Teams Unit

Part of the undoing of the Eagles’ Super Bowl loss was the Special Teams. While Arryn Siposs played his first game since December, the performance was less than promising. Not that Brett Kern had been a much better solution, but Siposs’ inconsistency led to a 38-yard punt that ended up with a 65-yard return. Having a Punter go 50/50 on good/bad punts during the biggest game of the season won’t be a recipe for success if the Eagles find themselves punting during another elimination game.

Adding UDFA Punter Ty Zentner finally brings competition to the position during Training Camp, something the Eagles haven’t done for two years.

The Eagles extended Special Teams Coach Michael Clay shortly after the Super Bowl. The questionable unit loomed the threat of a complete breakdown numerous times this season; unfortunately, the worst showing just happened to be during the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl.

Britain Covey also started as a less-than-likely candidate for improvement. Repeatedly taking massive hits was waiting for an impactful fumble that never came. As the season went on, Covey began to improve, but a season-high 27-yard return isn’t the impact the Eagles could need to get their Special Teams out of the rankings basement.

The Eagles won’t have to look far to get some rotation with the Returners. As a recent addition, Olamide Zaccheaus returned 5 kicks last season with the Falcons. That being said, Nick Sirianni wasn’t afraid to put DeVonta Smith at Return. So maybe we’ll see something new.


Who Will Start At Right Guard?

The Eagles have kept quiet on who will be the starting Right Guard. But Cam Jurgens didn’t get drafted in the 2nd round to ride the bench for 2 years.

While some believed that the 2022 2nd round pick would stay behind Kelce on the depth chart for 1 more year, they were expecting a 1st round pick to be the solution to the departure of Isaac Seumalo.

However, it currently looks that Cam Jurgens will assume the starting position at Right Guard over rookie Tyler Steen unless something changes during Training Camp. But until there’s official confirmation, we won’t know until the final roster cuts.


How Much Can The Bulldogs Take Over?

Howie Roseman went out of his way this draft to acquire as many Georgia Bulldogs as possible, even going as far as trading for RB D’Andre Swift to add a former Bulldog on Offense.

With Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean looking to be full-time starters this season, the Eagles should expect big things from their total of 5 defensive players from Georgia’s 2021 Championship roster. Both Davis and Dean saw less of the field than they could have as rookies, but with a year under their belt as part of the best defense in football, they should be leading the way as starters when Training Camp kicks off. And with Nolan Smith and Jalen Carter joining the rotation, the Eagles will have tons of lineups with the Georgia DLine available.

Kelee Ringo may have fallen in the draft but still gets to play with former teammates. In what is now a deep Eagles CB room, don’t expect a lot of starting play from Ringo just yet. Unless Kelee is able to impress and surpass Greedy Williams and Zech McPhearson, expect this Bulldog not to see lots of playing time.


Jalen Hurts Another Step


A certain Philly media member expected 30 Touchdowns out of Jalen Hurts during last season’s training camp.


While the Eagles QB only finished with 19 passing touchdowns. Training Camps stats aren’t really something to equate to Regular Season production.

Besides, the Eagles made the Super Bowl, and Jalen Hurts only had 20 Passing Touchdowns.

It’s not that Jalen Hurts even needs to take another step forward in his career. His 2nd year as the Eagles’ starting QB already saw him receive an MVP vote. Now, it’s just a matter of consistency after signing his 5-year $255 Million extension. Suppose Hurts is able to maintain the same level of play and not miss the 2 games he did. There’s a chance the Eagles QB would have seen more than 1 MVP vote.


With Training Camp coming up in 25 days, what Eagles news are you waiting to see?

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