The Philadelphia Eagles have never had held an offseason camp exclusively for rookies. But they will be holding the first this weekend, a product of the new collective bargaining agreement.
44 players have been invited to attend–drafted players, undrafted players, and those who have been on practice squads around the league but never yet made it to an NFL roster.
Head coach Andy Reid likes the change and thinks it will help the new players.
“The rookies got slighted on reps (under the old format). This is a great learning experience for these guys. They’re able to come in, we can slow it down for ‘em, they’re able to get ample reps. They’re going to learn the offense, defense and special teams — all three phases. We have a chance to see ‘em move around a little bit, and that part’s exciting.”
The fact that the camp will not include the full Eagles team took some thought and planning from Reid and GM Howie Roseman. They had to ensure that enough players would be present on both sides...