Eric Rowe is preparing for his first regular season NFL game this week, but the rookie isn't letting nerves get the best of him. He is focused and wants nothing more than to continue this experience and the learning process.
"Just to be on top of it, mainly because I see how the vets, how they do their studying off the field," Rowe said. "Obviously, I can see that's really important so I'm just trying to stay on top of it, just in case I have to go in or not."
During Wednesday's practice, the defensive back said he took reps inside, outside and at safety. He played safety for the majority of his college career, only switching to cornerback for his final year at Utah. That versatility is important to him, as he wants to step in for the team whenever his number is called.
"I did both (inside and outside). I did that, and I did some safety snaps because just like coach said, everyone is going to be doing everything in case down the line someone gets hurt and one of us has to go back there," said Rowe, the team's second-round pick.
Head coach Chip Kelly did not divulge what Rowe's role will be on Monday night when the Eagles open the regular season in Atlanta against the Falcons' talented wide receiver duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White.
"I think Eric can have a significant role right out of the chute," Kelly said. "We are confident in Eric going into this game."
Playing multiple positions is a challenge in itself, especially when you need to learn a new scheme. However, the rookie feels as though he is a fast learner and has an understanding of this Eagles defense.
"I feel like I made a lot of progress since the summer time when I got here," he said. "I've got to stay on top of that and keep getting better."