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Top 20 Standouts at Eagles’ OTAs and minicamp

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The Philadelphia Eagles concluded their offseason workout program on Thursday, marking the end of five spring practices that included two days of voluntary OTAs and three mandatory minicamp sessions. Throughout these practices, there were notable winners and losers who stood out. In this article, we will focus on the winners who made a strong impression during the offseason program. It’s important to note that these were non-contact drills with limited 11-on-11 work, and players are still adjusting to newly implemented schemes, so there is room for change as training camp and preseason games approach.

One standout performer from the spring practices was cornerback Isaiah Rodgers. After missing the entire 2023 NFL season due to suspension, Rodgers showcased his talent and fresh legs by making plays throughout the practices. His instinctive and explosive play was highlighted by a pick-six on Jalen Hurts, showing his ability to break on the ball effectively. Rodgers also displayed solid coverage skills and took first-team cornerback reps across from Darius Slay, putting him in a strong position to make the roster and potentially earn a starting spot in Week 1.

Another cornerback who impressed during the offseason program was Kelee Ringo. Despite his young age of 22, Ringo showed promise late last season and continued to make plays on the ball during spring practices. Like Rodgers, Ringo displayed sticky coverage skills and rotated in as a first-team cornerback, making a case for himself to earn significant playing time this upcoming season.

Quinyon Mitchell, a 2024 first-round pick, also stood out during the practices. While he may be less likely to start in Week 1 with Rodgers and Ringo shining, Mitchell showed versatility by taking first-team cornerback reps and even playing as a dime linebacker. The coaching staff seems eager to get the talented rookie on the field, which could secure his spot on the roster.

Cooper DeJean, a 2024 second-round pick, also impressed coaches with his performance during the practices. DeJean lined up as both a nickel corner and an outside corner, showing his ability to handle various responsibilities on defense. His playmaking skills and potential as a punt returner give him a chance to secure a significant role on the team, possibly as the starting nickel corner.

Tyler Hall, while not as flashy as other cornerbacks, took first-team nickel cornerback reps during a practice where multiple secondary starters were absent. This opportunity bodes well for his chances of making the team and contributing in the upcoming season.

Avonte Maddox, a versatile defensive back, also stood out during the practices as he continued to take first-team nickel cornerback reps and showcased his ability to play multiple positions on defense. Maddox’s versatility gives him an edge in securing a roster spot and providing depth in the secondary.

Reed Blankenship, despite facing competition from other safeties, consistently made plays during the practices by creating turnovers and showing a solid understanding of the defense. His performance could earn him a starting role alongside other talented safeties on the roster.

Linebacker Zack Baun received praise from coaches for his performance during the practices, as he took the bulk of first-team linebacker reps and showcased his fluid movement and coverage skills. Baun’s potential to play a significant role on defense is evident, and he is expected to see ample playing time in the upcoming season.

Devin White, another linebacker, had a flashy spring with multiple interceptions and a sack during practices. While White has shown inconsistency in the past, his ability to make big plays could earn him a starting role on the team and contribute to the defense’s success.

Quarterbacks Kenny Pickett and Tanner McKee both showed promise during the practices, with Pickett outperforming expectations and showcasing his ability to make accurate throws, especially on back-shoulder throws. While Pickett is the favorite for the QB2 job, McKee also impressed with his consistency and anticipation when throwing the ball, making a case for himself to compete for the role.

Offensive linemen Tyler Steen and Mekhi Becton both stood out during the practices, with Steen earning a nod for being the starting right guard and Becton showing versatility by playing both right tackle and left guard. Steen’s opportunity to compete for a starting role and Becton’s potential as a versatile backup bode well for the offensive line depth.

Running backs Will Shipley and Kendall Milton also made positive impressions during the practices, with Shipley showing improvement as a pass-catcher and Milton showcasing his speed and ability to gain yards after the catch. While Shipley may have had a rough start, his progress throughout the practices is promising, and Milton’s potential as a fast and dynamic runner could earn him a spot on the practice squad.

Tight end Grant Calcaterra had solid catches during the practices, showing his ability to contribute in the passing game and potentially earn a role in the offense.

Overall, these winners from the Eagles’ offseason program have shown promise and potential to contribute to the team in the upcoming season. As training camp and preseason games approach, their performances will be closely monitored as they aim to secure roster spots and significant roles on the team.

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