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5 takeaways from 1st day of Eagles rookie minicamp

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Glenn Erby 
 
May 6, 2022 4:19 pm ET
 

The Eagles have three of their five 2022 NFL draft picks under contract, but that didn’t stop the entire class, 12 undrafted free agents and a host of other tryout hopefuls from hitting the field on the first day of rookie minicamp.

Only the beginning of the session was open to the media, and afterward, head coach Nick Sirianni addressed the media, saying all the right things after Day 1.

Here are five takeaways from the first day of rookie minicamp, along with notes and observations.

1. Eagles quickly noticing Carson Strong

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The former Nevada quarterback is already making a name for himself and with one of the biggest undrafted free agent signing bonuses, he’ll be around.

Strong had an impressive first day according to head coach Nick Sirianni.

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2. Jordan Davis looks imposing and in shape

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The No. 13 overall pick looks like he shed some weight and during drills, he looks even more athletic and agile.

3. Nakobe Dean is a player to watch

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The rookie linebacker has a presence about himself and it was apparent from Day 1 that Dean and Jonathan Gannon are going to become close friends.

Head coach Nick Sirianni was already raving about Dean after one day of practice.

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4. Eagles trying out a former basketball player

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Roseman loves experimenting and a new face was at the NovaCare Complex. A rookie and former Penn State basketball player named John Harrar is trying out as a tight end for the Eagles.

Harrar is a local product who starred on the football field at Strath Haven, before heading to State College to play basketball.

Listed at 6-9, 240, Harrar is a player to watch.

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5. Georgia Bulldog swag

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With only rookies and young players in attendance, Dean and Jordan Davis were the most accomplished players in the room and that moxie trickled down throughout the day.

The former Georgia teammates will automatically make life easier for each other and coming from a program that just had 15 players drafted, they’ve been SEC test pros for years now. With Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and others heading into their later years, the 2022 stars offer the best hope for a continued culture of hard work and showing up daily.

6. Notes/Observations

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The Eagles could be switching defensive schemes and if not, they’ll employ a lot more 3-4 looks that could see Jordan Davis as the 1-technique, flanked by any combination of pass rushers and hybrid defenders.

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With Haason Reddick, Davis, Derek Barnett, Milton Williams, Kyron Johnson, Kyzir White, Nakobe Dean, and TJ Edwards, Philadelphia can employ several different schemes, with the personnel to switch out and not be outmatched.

 

7. Eagles will take it easy this spring

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The Eagles want to be one of the healthier teams in the NFL and they’ll do things unconventionally while trying to meet that goal.

With training camp a few months away, Philadelphia will avoid doing any 11-on-11 work this spring, sticking to individual work and 7-on-7 passing drills.

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Basically #2 is the only thing that was actually based on what was actually seen at practice.  I like Carson Strong but they asked Nick a question about him & he gave a fairly cookie cutter complement & they acted like it was meaningful.  Oh well we're desperate for content 🙂

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2 hours ago, pgcd3 said:

Oh well we're desperate for content 🙂

Can't have a QB controversy if they don't drum it up...

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No but Strong has 2 ( 70%) completion percentages the last couple seasons. He is probably the best pure passer in all of the draft and to get him as a UDFA is out of the ordinary, if it wasn’t for injuries he would be the number 2 QB in the draft maybe number 1. If he can stay healthy he could make it easier for the Eagles to try and trade Gardner during TC if someone loses a starter 

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I'm intrigued by the 6'9" TE signed from the Penn St. basketball team

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12 hours ago, Procus said:

I'm intrigued by the 6'9" TE signed from the Penn St. basketball team

Howie's been looking for that prototype for years. He thought he found it with Tyree Jackson. Jackson's ACL in the last game put a damper on that and he probably won;t be ready until mid-season. With Goedert, Stoll, and Calcatera penciled in on the 53 my guess is he only has a practice squad opportunity at best. 

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On 5/8/2022 at 11:26 AM, Rob331 said:

Howie's been looking for that prototype for years. He thought he found it with Tyree Jackson. Jackson's ACL in the last game put a damper on that and he probably won;t be ready until mid-season. With Goedert, Stoll, and Calcatera penciled in on the 53 my guess is he only has a practice squad opportunity at best. 

If Stoll is primarily a blocker, I doubt He and Harrar play the same role.

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