Sunday, April 20, 2014
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New faces to watch

The situation and expectations for first-round draft pick Jeremy Maclin will be explored in Friday's Daily News special training camp section, but here are five other new Eagles worth watching as the countdown to Lehigh continues:

New faces to watch

The situation and expectations for first-round draft pick Jeremy Maclin will be explored in Friday's Daily News special training camp section, but here are five other new Eagles worth watching as the countdown to Lehigh continues:

ELLIS HOBBS

Position: Cornerback

Acquired: Trade, from New England

Breakdown: The cornerback rotation will be watched closely, given Sheldon Brown’s displeasure with his contract. Brown skipped the voluntary OTAs, which could factor into the team’s decision whether to start Brown or Hobbs opposite Asante Samuel. With Joselio Hanson seemingly set as the third corner, where does Hobbs stand if Brown is the starter?

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CORNELIUS INGRAM

Position: Tight end

Acquired: Draft, fifth round

Breakdown: Slipped in the draft because a torn ACL cost him his final season at Florida, but has said he has had no setbacks in his summer workouts. Considered by some to be the steal of the draft, he drew regular oohs and aahs at the minicamps with his athleticism and 4.6 speed.

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LeSEAN McCOY

Position: Running back

Acquired: Draft, second round

Breakdown: With Brian Westbrook expected to miss much of training camp, McCoy will receive more practice reps and likely be asked to do more in the preseason. In minicamps, he showed quickness and effortless pass-catching ability, running routes as naturally as a wide receiver.

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JASON PETERS

Position: Left tackle

Acquired: Trade, from Buffalo

Breakdown: Many view Peters’ acquisition among the most significant moves in the league this offseason. The two-time Pro Bowler was brought in to replace Tra Thomas and protect Donovan McNabb’s blind side. He will need to change his technique but is expected to thrive on the revamped line.

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LEONARD WEAVER

Position: Fullback

Acquired: Free agent

Breakdown: With Seattle, he developed into an elite fullback — something the Eagles have not had in quite some time — and was a Pro Bowl alternate last season. Will be interesting to see if the fullback gets an increased role this season.
 

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