By Julie Glass
All eyes were on Eagles top draft pick Derek Barnett at yesterday’s opening of training camp:
“Yeah, it feels like I’m a freshman again. I’m a rookie so it’s just like college: I’m a freshman and I’ve got to come in and work hard, prove to my teammates that it’s important to me and show the coaches that they can trust me if they put me on the field.”
He has drawn the praises of veterans like tackle Lane Johnson and the coaching staff alike.
“What I do love about him is he’s a thermostat, he’s not a thermometer,” said Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson. “He’s not trying go in and gauge the temperature of the room. He comes in, he has the right mindset. Those have all been characteristics that I like, but the only way to learn at this level is to play. Getting used to the speed of the game is a big part of his DNA right now.”
“Barnett is promising,” said Johnson. “He can bend the edge really well. They were comparing him to Myles Garrett in the draft. I think he bends the corner probably the best of anybody in the draft. He’s a good player for us, gonna be good for us this year.”
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised but he’s a rook and he’s got a lot of things to learn,” said Wilson. “But what I am pleased with is his overall ability. The talent level is something which will bode well for us and for him.”