ITB: Players to Watch During Limited Eagles OTAs
OTAs are underway throughout the NFL as teams are getting their first look at their entire squad on the field.
The Philadelphia Eagles will feature one of the lightest on-the-field schedules with limited practices and contact before training camp.
On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher provided insight into the team’s offseason program and gave their names to watch.
Adam Caplan: “From what I understand, they only had six practices last year from an agreement with the players council. They are amongst the first teams done, June 8th, and then they are off until July.”
Geoff Mosher: “A guy like Zaccheaus comes in and has a chance to push Quez Watkins for time. Receivers can learn this offense and at least get familiarity with catching passes from the quarterback.”
Caplan: “Zaccheaus is part of the second team offense and the second team QB is (Marcus) Mariota, but it is really important for Zaccheus to learn this offense. Here in Philly, it’s different than the Arthur Smith offense [in Atlanta].”
Caplan: “He will learn the hand usage. It is a big challenge, playing a position he has never played before. It is arguably the number one battle in training camp for that right guard job.”
Mosher: “This is a big OTA for him. He is learning a new offense. He has to show he is healthy; He had some kind of shoulder deal at the end of last year and he wound up leaving the Falcons. He also has to repair his image a little bit: he had a terrible year, it was weird he left the team after they went with Ridder. Here, he is in a new environment, doesn’t have to be the guy. He just has to learn the offense, make the connections, and then prove he can be relied on if Jalen Hurts gets injured.”
Caplan: “We know about the off the field stuff. The talent is unquestionable, it’s just a matter of maturity level.”
Mosher: “What we are hearing, and it is very early, is that he has been accountable, showing up, coachable, good in the building is the feedback that we have gotten so far.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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