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Eagles open Training Camp knowing 'this is a different year'

Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman
Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman

Head Coach Nick Sirianni and Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman opened the Eagles' 2023 Training Camp on Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex and hit on a variety of subjects prior to the team's 60-minute practice session.

First some practice business:

Edge rusher Haason Reddick did not practice because of groin soreness. He is expected back after the weekend.

• Limited for Wednesday's practice were defensive end Derek Barnett, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2022 regular-season opener at Detroit, and cornerback Avonte Maddox, who battled a late-2022 toe injury.

Wide receiver Devon Allen was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury List with a calf injury.

Now, back to Sirianni and Roseman and some of what they talked about:

On the running back position, Sirianni said he would rotate through a number of players given the deep state of talent in the room. "Looking forward to that position group battle," he said. "A lot of good options there, so they'll rotate throughout and we'll see Boston (Scott) in with the ones (first team), you're going to see Kenny (Gainwell) in with the ones, you're going to see (Rashaad) Penny in with the ones, you're going to see D'Andre (Swift), you're going to see Trey Sermon in with the ones. You're going to see him in with the twos and in with the threes. They all need to get reps. I wouldn't look too much into who's in with the ones, who's in with the twos, who's in with the threes."

• The right guard position along the offensive line is an open competition and second-year man Cam Jurgens took the reps with the ones on Wednesday. "We're going to start with Cam right there. That's what we're going to start with today and we'll see how that plays out," Sirianni said. "We've got some good options there as well so we're going to see how that plays itself out as well."

The team added veteran offensive lineman Dennis Kelly to the roster and the familiarity with him – he was a sixth-round pick of the team in the 2012 NFL Draft and played three seasons here before moving on to Tennessee, Green Bay, and, last year, Indianapolis – played into the decision to sign Kelly. "We know what kind of person he is, we know what kind of work ethic he has," Roseman said. "We know what kind of player he is still. Watching his tape all the way through his career ... we're always looking for offensive line depth, we're always looking for guys who can come in and have versatility and play a bunch of positions. For us, it just made a lot of sense to bring him back."

On the Training Camp schedule: "That's fluid with the schedule," Sirianni said, noting that cadence of back-to-back practices is based on the three preseason games and when they happen. For example, the opener against the Ravens was originally scheduled for August 11 and then was moved to August 12, a Saturday.

• On the team's mindset after the 2022 Super Bowl appearance, Roseman said, "I think every situation is different and for our situation and the messaging that begins with Coach, it's about, 'This is a different year.' You gotta do everything we possibly can to maximize this team, this moment. Whatever we've done in the past doesn't matter, it's what we do going forward. From a roster-building standpoint, from a personnel-building standpoint, we can't just rely on what's happened to other teams that have lost the Super Bowl. We have to do what is in the best interest to reset, start over, and put us in the best possible position. That's the mindset. That's the mindset from our coaching staff, from our players is that none of what we've done in the past doesn't matter, none of what anyone else has done in the past matters."

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