EAGLES OPEN CAMP JULY 28 WITH PLENTY OF STORYLINES!

By Peter Brennan

Eagles fans are holding their collective breath as the countdown to training camp continues in the middle of the pandemic on July 28 at NovaCare in South Philly.

And here are some players to watch:

Jalen Reagor, wide receiver:

A deep threat with excellent speed, the first-round pick will start behind DeSean Jackson on the depth chart and will be ready to take over if the injury-prone Jackson misses more time. In the meantime, Reagor will likely get action in the slot and as a punt and kickoff returner. The Eagles expect big plays from him early and often.

Jalen Hurts, quarterback:

Look for Hurts to be involved in packages that take advantage of his running and play-action pass ability — similar to how Lamar Jackson and Taysom Hill have been used in the past. Senior offensive consultant Marty Mornhinweg, who was with Baltimore during Jackson’s rookie year, will certainly have insight on how Hurts can best be used in the Eagles’ offense.

KEY POSITION BATTLES

The Eagles’ right guard position is in flux after Pro Bowler Brandon Brooks suffered an Achilles injury last week. Philly will consider signing a veteran player to compete with Matt Pryor for the job.

ONE ADDITIONAL STORYLINE

How will Andre Dillard do in his first season as starting LT?

The team’s 2019 first-round pick is replacing nine-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters. The Eagles were happy with how Dillard played at right tackle last year, but they want him to improve his strength and run blocking. It’s understandable that Dillard still needs work in the ground game, as he wasn’t asked to run-block much in Washington State’s pass-happy spread offense. This improvement will need to happen in training camp. Protecting injury-prone Carson Wentz’s blind side is one of the most important duties for this team.

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