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What Lies Ahead For The Eagles

The rookies and selected vets begin their Organized Team Activity this morning. The players will take part in one practice today and tomorrow and each session will last close to 90 minutes. The post-draft mini-camp provided the rookies a chance to learn the basics of their respective positions. If the rookies thought classes were over in college they are dead wrong. The coaches will introduce the nuances of each position so it'll be a challenge for these young players to see how quickly they can retain the knowledge.

As for the selected vets, it's typically young players signed in the off-season along with players coming back from injury. Dave Spadaro duly noted in his column that one of the players to keep an eye on is tight end Cornelius Ingram, who put on a show at training camp last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

For a quick look at what's ahead, the rookie and selected vet OTAs continue from May 24-27. The full team reconvenes for voluntary OTAs beginning on June 1 and those run through the 10th. Then, the focus turns to training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

The rookies and selected vets report on July 26 and will practice from the 27th through the 29th, which is when the remaining veterans are due to report. The Eagles will make their first appearance at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, August 5 at the second-annual Eagles Flight Night! Tickets go on sale on June 15. The first preseason game is Friday, August 13 at Lincoln Financial Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the teams that the Eagles will see during the regular season. Training camp breaks August 18. Exact practice times for training camp will be announced on a future date.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:35 a.m., May 19

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