When it involves the Philadelphia Eagles, there’s nearly one thing attention-grabbing to speak about as soon as training camp rolls round. And whereas the 2022 Eagles come into camp with some intriguing storylines, particularly the play of QB Jalen Hurts, there isn’t lots to get juiced about simply but. In truth, the begin to this 12 months’s camp has been… nicely… boring?
There’s little doubt everybody is watching Hurts’ each throw with baited breath, anxious to see if he’s displaying sufficient enchancment as a passer to guide an efficient passing offense. But one of many issues that makes training camp attention-grabbing is watching gamers battle for jobs, and that’s simply not a factor in Eagles camp this 12 months. So sure, this 12 months’s training camp lacks a little bit of juice.
That’s OK. That simply means they need to be fairly good.
Barring an damage, we all know Jalen Hurts is the beginning quarterback, though everybody is watching him like a hawk. Despite some early drama over Miles Sanders working with the 2s and Kenny Gainwell being with the 1s, Sanders seems to be the No. 1 again in an offense that may largely be by committee anyway. We know who the receivers are — A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins — with the one drama being Zach Pascal’s bout with meals poisoning (he was again on the sphere Thursday) and how much position Jalen Reagor will carve out for himself.
Dallas Goedert is the excessive quantity tight finish, and the one actual offensive battle in camp is who his backup will likely be, and the offensive line is each set when it comes to starters and with depth. Will Andre Dillard be dealt? Maybe, however till he is, there’s not a lot to see right here.
Defensively, will probably be attention-grabbing to see how Jonathan Gannon makes use of his gamers, however we’re not prone to get a glimpse of that till the common season. Brandon Graham’s return from damage is one thing to observe and by all accounts he’s regarded nice to date, however there aren’t any place battles to be received right here. Graham, Josh Sweat and Derek Barnett are the principle edge rushers, with Hassan Reddick enjoying some finish as nicely. The deal with rotation will likely be attention-grabbing, however Jordan Davis, Javon Hargrave, Fletcher Cox and Milton Williams know their roles. The most attention-grabbing spots to observe are the Nos. 4 and 5 corners and the battle at security between Anthony Harris, Jaquiski Tartt and Marcus Epps.
Nick Sirianni is in his second 12 months as head coach, as is Gannon, so there’s not lots new to study there, and the remainder of the positional coaches are simply doing the work of creating the gamers higher. There’s no Chip Kelly-like zany offensive concepts, and if Gannon is going to do some bizarre issues with a hybrid D this 12 months, we received’t see it till the common season.
So yeah, it’s kinda boring.
Training camps are extra thrilling when there’s a variety of drama to parse via, however that ain’t the scene in Philadelphia. Most of the beginning spots are spoken for and the camp battles that do exist will largely be between gamers who’re unlikely to make a minimal influence within the common season. Teams don’t play their starters in preseason video games anymore, so there received’t be a lot to glean from these both.
The most urgent fear is damage, and there’s not a lot anybody can do about that aside from limiting contact as a lot as is wise, which it seems Sirianni and his teaching workers are doing. In truth, essentially the most controversial a part of training camp, and the Birds’ low season program as a complete, has been the perceived lack of physicality that some followers and analysts fear will depart the Eagles unprepared for the common season.
Personally, I’m not sweating that till the outcomes show they had been incorrect, in the event that they do.
Everyone’s getting alongside. No one is mad about their contract. Rookies are studying, veterans are getting their work in, and coaches are putting in their stuff.
It’s been routine.
It’s been quiet.
It’s been boring.
And that’s simply nice.