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Eagles 2017 training camp position battle: Left guard

Eagles 2017 training camp position battle: Left guard

As the Eagles' 2017 training camp draws near — rookies and selected veterans report Monday, July 24 — Dave Zangaro takes a look at five position battles that will be decided this summer. Today, we start our series with left guard.

From the time Doug Pederson became the Eagles' head coach last offseason, the positioning of the stalls in the far right corner of the locker room hasn't changed. 

They're arranged by the order of starters: (from left to right) Jason Peters, Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson. 

That combination remained intact for the first four games of the season and the Eagles got off to a hot 3-1 start. But that was before Johnson's suspension and subsequent injuries on the offensive line helped to derail the 2016 season. 

As the 2017 offseason kicked off, the locker stalls remained unmoved. But the line might get a shake-up soon. 

Thanks to those injuries last year, rookie Isaac Seumalo played four of five spots along the line during his first NFL season. The only position he didn't play was center, which might actually be his most natural spot. 

Seumalo's experience and Barbre's advancing age (33), has set up a position battle at left guard this training camp. While Stefen Wisniewski, after signing a new deal this offseason, probably shouldn't be ruled out and while the team also added former first-rounder Chance Warmack, it seems like a two-horse race for now: Barbre vs. Seumalo. 

During the spring, as Barbre recovered from a leg injury, he and Seumalo split reps with the first team at left guard.

And if Barbre and Seumalo continue to split reps into training camp, it's going to be awfully tough for Wisniewski or Warmack to jump over both of them. So it seems very likely that either the aging veteran or the second-year player will start at left guard. 

"Yeah, right now I want to get Isaac as much [preparation] as possible to get him ready and get him starter reps," Pederson said during minicamp. "Then at the same time with Allen, it’s the same thing. Allen is another one of those guys that's kind of in that Jason Peters mold a little bit, as far as knowing what he can do and [our comfort level] in his ability. You know, we just wanted to get [Barbre] to camp and get him to the regular season."

That makes it seem possible that the Eagles simply wanted to get Seumalo some work because the veteran Barbre doesn't need it, but don't rule out the youngster. The Eagles should give Seumalo every opportunity to win the gig.

Roob Knows: Jason Kelce trivia with … Jason Kelce

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Roob Knows: Jason Kelce trivia with … Jason Kelce

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank explains why this is the deepest roster Doug Pederson has had in Philadelphia. The Eagles are loaded at wide receiver. Why there is absolutely no downside signing Christian Hackenberg. Also, Roob tests Jason Kelce with trivia questions about Jason Kelce.

1:00 - Deepest team Doug Pederson has had.
5:00 - Injury updates.
8:30 - Eagles stacked at WR.
12:00 - Looking forward to preseason game 2.
14:30 - Why did the Eagles sign Christian Hackenberg?
18:30 - Jason Kelce answers trivia questions about Jason Kelce.

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Eagles training camp observations, Day 15: Training camp comes to an end

Eagles training camp observations, Day 15: Training camp comes to an end

It’s over. After 15 long and grueling days, the Eagles’ 2018 training camp officially came to an end this morning. 

The work isn’t over, but when they get back to the NovaCare Complex next week, it’ll be more like preparing for regular season games. 

Today was a light 10-10-10 practice, so it makes observations extremely tough. We won’t have any that are too specific because, as Doug Pederson says, the two sides of the ball “service” the other. 

But we’ve done 14 days of observations and I’m not about to not do one on the last day. I’m digging deep today: 

1. Ahh. The last day of training camp. It doesn’t quite have the same feel as it did when the Eagles would pack up their dorm rooms an leave Lehigh. All it means now is a little schedule change and slightly shorter days for the players. 

2. The following players didn’t practice today: Nelson Agholor, Corey Clement, Donnel Pumphrey, Josh Adams, Markus Wheaton, Mack Hollins, Asantay Brown and Chandon Sullivan. (I didn’t mention the guys on NFI/PUP.) 

Agholor and Clement have lower-body injuries that don’t seem to be too serious; no rush to get those guy back on the field. 

Sullivan and Adams got hurt during yesterday’s indoor practice. Sullivan came down really hard on his head after a great interception and Adams pulled up a little lame on the tail end of a run. It’s a shame for Adams, who has looked good when he’s out there and was making a strong push to make the roster. 

3. During one of the 10-10-10 practice’s defensive sessions, we finally got our first real look at Christian Hackenberg. In these drills, you have to take everything with a grain of salt, but Hackenberg didn’t look good. His first pass was intercepted by Rasul Douglas. His second pass was intercepted by Kamu Grugier-Hill. His third pass was overthrown by about 20 yards. 

4. I don’t have a specific Bryce Treggs observation, but I haven’t mentioned him enough. After coming off the NFI with a knee injury, Treggs put together a really nice training camp. Some of that might have been fresh legs, but Treggs has been getting some first-team work thanks to multiple injuries and is making a push for the roster. He could be the last guy in. 

5. I’ve been kind of disappointed by Billy Brown this summer. Remember how much buzz there was about him in the spring? Well, since then, the team drafted Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers came as a free agent. Brown has sort of vanished into obscurity. He did have a great catch today, though. He reached out his right hand down the seam and was able to knock the ball back into his arms. 

6. One scary moment today came when Rasul Douglas and LaRoy Reynolds collided at full speed. Reynolds was OK, but Douglas was down on the ground for about 30 seconds. Tough kid, though. He eventually got to his feet and was back in the practice two plays later.

7. The most encouraging scene of today didn’t happen on the active practice field. On the side field, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Graham continued their rehab. Graham pushed a weight sled and Jeffery ran routes and caught passes. 

8. In the defensive portion of practice, Nigel Bradham had great coverage on Wendell Smallwood about 25-30 yards downfield to tip a ball away. That’s great for a linebacker on a running back.  

9. Didn’t see what happened to him, but Jalen Mills left practice early and Sidney Jones took over his LCB spot. Avonte Maddox got first-team reps in the slot again. 

10. A quick swing pass to Darren Sproles today and the 35-year-old was off. That’s been the most impressive thing this training camp for me. Sproles is in his mid-30s, coming off two serious injuries, and looks as quick as I’ve ever seen him. He’s a physical freak. 

Stupid Observation of the Day: Every day during training camp, the Eagles have Rita’s water ice for fans, but reporters partake as well. While my gluttonous colleagues eat the water ice for selfish reasons, I’m all about reporting my results. Remembering that I'd look really stupid with weird colored lips while still at work, here’s how I rank the flavors they had at camp: 

  1. Mango
  2. Lemon
  3. Juicy pear
  4. Swedish fish
  5. Blue raspberry
  6. Cherry 
  7. Eagles Bleed Green Key Lime  

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