Eagles Training Camp: What they're saying after Day 1


Yesterday, Howie Roseman spoke with the media for about 15 minutes. His most interesting comments, in my opinion, were in regards to what he saw of Matt Barkley on tape from OTAs and minicamp.

"He gets the ball out very quickly," Roseman said. "He a distributor. He's like a really good point guard in basketball. He knows where to go with the football and make good decisions, and he's going to continue to grow and get better."

Barkley was told about those comments, and responded, via Jeff McLane of the Philadephia Inquirer:

“I’ve never viewed myself like that, but if it’s a good comparison, I’m all for it,” said Barkley, who added that he did play some point guard when he was younger. “I think every team needs to have that so-called point guard or a so-called quarterback, someone at the helm who handles and can captain the ship.”

Here is the rest of what you should be reading this morning:

Matt Barkley: I'm part of the QB race - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly

Two-man quarterback battle? Not if you ask Matt Barkley.

Barkley, the 22-year-old rookie from USC, reported to his first NFL training camp Monday at the NovaCare Complex and pronounced himself part of the Eagles’ quarterback competition.

Not a third-stringer. Not a backup. A contender to be the opening-day starter.

Foles: "I'm Not Here To Be a Backup" - Sheil Kapadia, Philly Mag

“I have all the confidence in the world in my ability,” Foles said. “But I still respect the players around me and I know what they’re capable of doing. But at the end of the day, I’m not here to be a backup. I’m here to be the guy. I don’t think we play this game to sit on the bench. We play it to play, and I’m here to play.” 

No Welcome Matt Here - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz

Tommy discusses Eagles QB demeanor.

"You know the old joke that dog bites man isn’t a news story, but man bites dog is. Same concept is at work here. I expect the rookie to be hungry and the veteran to be confident. I’m impressed when the rookie is confident. I would be impressed with the veteran if he was hungry."

Lane Johnson in camp on time, eager to start at right tackle - Zach Berman, Philadelphia Inquirer

Johnson spent two weeks working out with guard Evan Mathis in Arizona, where Mathis owns an athletic performance facility.

Comparing Eagles vs. Ducks: First 15 Plays Per Game in 2012 - Dan Klausner, Bleeding Green Nation

The Eagles had 10 turnovers and 4 TD in their first 15 plays last season.

Kelce Anxious For Return To Field - Bo Wulf, Eagles Mothership

"I'm completely ready to play," Kelce told Sportsradio 610 WIP Monday morning. "I've been feeling pretty much back to normal since that last minicamp there during the offseason.

"I haven't played football in close to a year now so for me personally, and I think for a lot of guys with the coaching change and everything else, everyone seems really excited for this Training Camp to get underway."

Moment of the day:

Media availability began at noon yesterday, and ran until roughly 4pm. For the first hour or so, nothing happened. Tumbleweed was blowing by, paint was drying, and Les Bowen was taking pictures of rabbits. When suddenly, a huge bus pulled into the NovaCare Complex parking lot, and we thought it would be jam-packed with Eagles reporting to camp. Reporters and cameramen ran over like Japanese townspeople fleeing from Godzilla. The doors opened, and... out walked 7th round pick Joe Kruger, and longshot Chris McCoy. The bus then drove away. Somebody quipped, "Kruger has it in his contract that he gets his own bus."

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