Good morning, Eagles fans! The second day of Training Camp practices begin in just a little bit here at the NovaCare Complex. Following the team's 8:30 AM workout, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz meets the media at 10:30 AM. You can watch it here online or on the Eagles' app. Later this evening, Dave Spadaro and I will bring you Inside Training Camp presented by Xfinity with a rundown of the latest news, highlights as well as a special feature you won't want to miss. Until then, here are the 5 Things to Know for Tuesday, July 26 ...
1. Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Unfortunately, I did not go through the transcripts of every press conference from the offseason to count how many times head coach Doug Pederson said that the depth chart at the quarterback position is Sam Bradford as the starter, Chase Daniel as the primary backup and rookie Carson Wentz at No. 3. Typically, the No. 3 quarterback is inactive on gameday, so in theory that means that Wentz, who is the highest-drafted player by this franchise since Donovan McNabb in 1999, will not play. That is the Eagles' plan, which Pederson reiterated on Monday.
"Sam's the guy. Sam's the guy and I'll stick to that as we go," he said.
The first day of Eagles Camp 2016 kicked off as rookies and selected veterans reported for practice. View the full gallery here.
2. The Green Goblin
Rookie cornerback Jalen Mills impressed his teammates and coaches in the spring workouts and caught everyone's attention on Monday when he walked out onto the practice field sporting dyed-green hair.
Mills said that he joked with a friend about coloring his hair a week ago, and he liked it so much that he decided to keep it. When asked what the reaction from his teammates was, Mills' first response was, "Green Goblin." That's a fitting name as he nabbed six interceptions as a four-year starter at LSU. A versatile defensive back, Mills played outside, slot and safety in Baton Rouge.
Dave Spadaro wrote about the potential instant impact that this rookie class can have in 2016.
3. Connor Barwin-Chad Lewis Connection
Defensive end Connor Barwin attended the Eagles-Lions game at Detroit's Ford Field in 2004. At the end of the Eagles' blowout win on their way to a Super Bowl appearance that season, tight end Chad Lewis was walking off the field and tossed his elbow pad into the crowd. Barwin was the lucky recipient of that keepsake.
Barwin told the Preston & Steve Show that he wore the elbow pad on the football field for the next two seasons. Now, Barwin helps create memories for young fans by tossing his gloves to a kid in the stands following games.
Amazingly enough, Barwin said that he and Lewis have never met. Two great players, both exceptional men.
4. The Sam Bradford We Don't See
For the first time since 2013, quarterback Sam Bradford entered Training Camp fully healthy and not rehabbing a knee injury. Last July, Bradford had been an Eagle for five months, but had not taken a single rep in team drills to that point. It was difficult for Bradford to assume the leadership role that comes with playing the quarterback position as he was trying to get back to being 100 percent.
Following Monday's practice, Bradford explained how now is the time to take advantage of the strong second half of 2015 and being on the field for all of the offseason workouts.
"I think this is where we come together as a team," Bradford said. "I think the good teams are the ones that don't let the days become monotonous and aren't just trying to check off the boxes trying to get to the next day. I think if we can use this time to our advantage and really focus each day on getting better, I think by the time Cleveland comes around (on September 11) we'll be in a really good place."
5. This Isn't Fargo Anymore
Eagles Training Camp isn't the biggest event in South Philadelphia this week, believe it or not, with the Democratic National Convention taking place down the street from the NovaCare Complex.
Quite a backdrop for first-round pick Carson Wentz, who is making the jump from FCS-level football to the NFL. Fortunately, Wentz is not being thrown into the proverbial fire in Philadelphia (although the humid weather might have you believe otherwise), but he is beginning to settle into his new surroundings.
"I've had some (down) time, but it's been a lot of 'go, go, go,'" Wentz said. "(I'm) still trying to get used to all of this, and I've been traveling all over, so I haven't had a lot of time to just really let it set in and enjoy it, but I'm not complaining about it at all, that's for sure.
"I think you need some (down time), but I've been champing at the bit for a little while. It went fast, but as the summer was winding down, I was pretty excited just to get back into the routine and get back to football."
Head coach Doug Pederson said that Wentz now needs to tune the finer aspects of playing the quarterback position. Pederson wants to get all of the quarterbacks game-ready because the backup is only one play away from potentially getting on the field.
"(Carson) came in ready to go," said Pederson. "You just love everything about this kid - his energy, his work ethic. Just little things now, detail things, like his footwork and his drop and his progression and where his eyes are. Those are the things in the National Football League that, from a quarterback standpoint, become very important on gameday."