Philadelphia Eagles training camp preview: 7 players aiming to earn expanded roles
Philadelphia Eagles’ Terrence Brooks (29) intercepts a pass intended for New York Giants’ Will Tye (45) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
The start of Philadelphia Eagles training camp at the NovaCare Complex this week means different things to different players.
Veterans are working out kinks after a five-week summer break, rookies are finding their professional football footing and roster longshots are aiming to revive their NFL dreams. But the next 24 days are perhaps most important for the players who spent last season as backups and eye more expanded roles this year.
Those players need to use training camp as a chance to not only cement their improved standing on the team, but also to grow comfortable with their bloated responsibilities.
Quarterbacks, rookies and select veterans will begin practices Monday and the full team will be together by Thursday. And by this time next week, Eagles training camp will be in full swing.
So, before the action gets rolling, here is a look at seven returning Eagles players hoping to take a step up the depth chart.
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Mills wound up starting two games and playing about 64 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps as a rookie last season, which was a hefty workload for a seventh-round pick. This season, though, Mills has a shot to lock down a full-time starting role and perhaps land as the team’s No. 1 corner, but defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said the green-haired defensive back will need to find more consistency to thrive in that role.
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