What we learned from the first week of training camp

What we learned from the first week of training camp

The Eagles are still a little bit behind the Cleveland Browns in terms of their preseason training camp roster but the team seems to have done a good job of keeping the team from getting too far behind in terms on roster construction.

It appears that the Eagles have some players on their roster that they feel like are in their best position to compete for playing time and the Eagles might have some real gems.

Here are the best players we saw in the preseason: A.J. Jenkins, TE: Jenkins is an absolute beast of a tight end in the NFL.

He was an absolute force in the passing game last season and was the most targeted tight end for the Eagles last year, and he also finished second on the team with 19 targets.

He has a huge, strong frame and he’s a natural blocker.

Jordan Matthews, WR: Matthews is a freak athlete with good hands and a terrific release, which is why he was able to put up monster numbers.

He had 11 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown last season, and his biggest play came in the fourth quarter, when he caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter.

He’ll likely compete for a roster spot as a rookie but he was an All-Pro candidate in 2016 and was named to the Pro Bowl.

Isaiah Crowell, TE/WR: Crowell was a dominant force in one of the best receiving groups in the league last season.

He finished third in the team in targets (80) and third in yards (1,624) and he was a threat in the red zone and in the box.

If the Eagles want to add a big, physical playmaker, they should be looking at Crowell.

Marcus Murphy, DT: Murphy was a monster in the run game last year and he should be a great fit in the Eagles front three.

He showed some flashes of being a top-five pass rusher in the pass game last seasons and he has a lot of potential.

Joe Walker, DE: Walker was a stud at the Senior Bowl and he could easily make the Eagles roster out of camp.

He’s a big body with great size and he showed his ability to play multiple spots on the field.

Travis Frederick, CB: Frederick showed off his skills at the Combine, but he will need to prove that he’s as good as advertised at the NFL level.

Nolan Carroll, OT: Carroll had a solid preseason as the team’s starting left tackle and he will be competing with DeMeco Ryans for that starting spot.

He made some impressive strides in his weight-room this offseason, which should help him get stronger as he continues to develop.

Jeremy Mincey, WR/TE: Minceya had a breakout season last season as a receiver and he seems to be ready to start contributing to the offense as a WR.

He caught nine passes for 130 yards and one touchdown last year.

The Eagles could also be looking to move on from a couple of players on the roster like Jermaine Gresham and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

They could do worse than to add players who can fill those roles.

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