Rookies weren't the only players who arrived early for the start of Training Camp. All four Eagles quarterbacks also arrived before the veterans, each with his own unique storyline.
But for quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson, Training Camp is a time to improve beyond the simple X's and O's – he wants to see his quarterbacks lead on the field, especially now that the team is a week into camp.
"I want to see them direct traffic, run the offense, and obviously do the right thing with the ball." Pederson said. "The bottom line is to win games. Go out in preseason, whether you're the starter or the guy who comes in late in the game; go win the game. That's what we're here for."
And this current group can do just that. Michael Vick and newcomer Trent Edwards combine for 77 career wins, while third-year pro Mike Kafka filled in admirably for Vick in last season's Week 2 game against Atlanta.
While Kafka may have some detractors, don't count Pederson among them.
"I look at the Falcon game a year ago, and what (Kafka) did in the second half of that game," Pederson said. "He's matured so much this offseason. He's embraced coming in as a number two, and he's done a nice job with the OTA's (Organized Team Activities). He's very willing and able, and that's what you want."
One of the major storylines of the offseason has been how Vick's style of play may change this season. Recently Vick pledged to slide and the Eagles ran a drill designed for him to do just that. The trick, Pederson said, is encouraging Vick to play smart football while making sure he doesn't lose sight of the skills that make him such a dangerous weapon.
"You want him to stay aggressive," Pederson said. "You want to him to attack defenses and he understands he's got to be available the entire season. We don't like to use the word 'conservative' because we like to stay aggressive as we can all the time."
The position is rounded out by rookie third-round pick Nick Foles and NFL veteran Trent Edwards. Foles, said Pederson, has adjusted well to the speed of the NFL.
"This is a fast game. He learned that in OTAs," Pederson explained. "He's in a good position, and we're going to continue to emphasize that with him this camp."
Edwards, who started 33 games in his NFL career, has done well in limited reps and will be given every chance to turn some heads.
"We have all the confidence in the world in Trent," Pederson said. "He's going to get his opportunities and we'll see where it falls out at the end of camp."
Though the four players have seemingly disparate storylines, all four players have benefited from working together, something Pederson thinks will carry over throughout camp and into the regular season.
"It's a close group. All four of these guys are real close. It helps them learn, and it helps with the other guys," Pederson said. "The other guys can feed off that. It's kind of leading by example, and that's what each one of these guys have."
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