These 6 Eagles have helped themselves the most during spring OTAs
The spring organized team activities typically don't reveal much, and that was the case even before the Eagles shortened their spring schedule.
That was done as a compromise with new head coach Nick Sirianni in exchange for the vast majority of veterans participating. In return, Sirianni agreed to eliminate 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 team drills, in addition to the mandatory minicamp.
Still, there was some value as Sirianni began instituting his system.
And while no jobs will be won or lost during these practices, here are six players who had the most to prove as the Eagles begin their third and final week of OTAs before dispersing until training camp starts on July 27:
1. Jalen Hurts, quarterback
Ever since he got the job, Sirianni has preached that Jalen Hurts has to earn his starting job, just like everybody else at every position.
While Hurts is most assuredly the starter, the reality is that he can't leave any doubt with 36-year-old veteran Joe Flacco and undrafted free agent Jamie Newman as the only other quarterbacks on the roster.
For the spring, that means Hurts has to grasp Sirianni's system and show leadership. By all accounts, Hurts has done that.
That should leave Hurts in a good position when training camp starts.
"The one thing I see with him is he does a lot of stuff with intent, and then he has fun with it, too," wide receiver Jalen Reagor said. "He’s not too serious. He’s not too joking. He has fun with it, and I feel like having that morale, and having his personality, everybody is going to gravitate to him. He’s just easygoing. He’s a natural-born leader."
2. Avonte Maddox, cornerback
There could still be a move to come if the Eagles want to bring in a cornerback on the outside to start opposite of Darius Slay.
Maddox was both injured and ineffective when he had the chance there last season. But the way Maddox grasps Jonathan Gannon's defense could play a role in whether Eagles general manager Howie Roseman brings in a potential starter at cornerback or not.
For his part, Maddox said he knows what he has to improve on.
"Eyes, eyes, eyes, eyes, eyes," he said. "That’s one of (the staff's) biggest emphasis in our (secondary) is your eyes. Your eyes take you where you have to go. That’s the most important thing, which is true. You get your eyes in the right spot, you can’t be beaten. You won’t be missing out on big plays you can make."
3. Jordan Mailata, left tackle
It most likely didn't mean much when Jordan Mailata was spotted going through individual offensive line drills with the first unit last week. Maybe Andre Dillard, who missed all of last season with a torn biceps, hasn't been cleared to participate fully.
Or maybe Sirianni wanted to get a look at Mailata based on what he did last season when he played for the first time since the Eagles made him their seventh-round pick in 2018. Keep in mind that Mailata, a former rugby player in Australia, had never played organized football before getting drafted.
Mailata started 10 games last season, and for the most part, played well. It's believed that Mailata and Dillard will battle for the starting job in training camp.
Then again, it's also possible that the Eagles could look into trading Dillard, their first-round pick in 2019, if they feel Mailata can be a full-time starter.
After all, the Eagles did sign veteran Le'Raven Clark last week as a backup swing tackle. Clark was with Sirianni in Indianapolis when Sirianni was the Colts' offensive coordinator.
4. Jalen Reagor, wide receiver
Reagor's play this spring could prove to be an exception to the adage that the spring practices don't reveal much.
Reagor admitted last week that he's going to have his share of snaps as the slot receiver. If Reagor can show during the OTAs that he can handle it, the Eagles could use rookie DeVonta Smith and Travis Fulgham more on the outside.
If you remember, the Eagles tried Nelson Agholor in the slot in the 2017 spring practices. Agholor then went on to have his best season of five with the Eagles.
Perhaps the same can happen with Reagor, who had his ups and downs as a rookie, finishing with 396 receiving yards in 11 games.
5. K'Von Wallace, safety
Rodney McLeod said he's aiming to be ready for Week 1 after having ACL surgery last December. Even if that happens, he'll probably start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
So until McLeod is cleared to practice fully and thus comes off the PUP list, K'Von Wallace, the Eagles' fourth-round pick last season, has a chance, along with Marcus Epps, to show that he can be the first guy to step in next to Anthony Harris.
"You have guys like Anthony and I who have the most experience," McLeod said. "We can share a lot of what we know about the game to a guy like K’Von Wallace and a guy like Marcus Epps, who really haven’t had as many reps.
"But man, the talent is there. The willingness to learn and get better, you see that from those guys."
6. Davion Taylor, linebacker
The Eagles got only 32 snaps on defense last season from Taylor, their third-round pick.
They'll need more than that this season even with the addition of Eric Wilson and the return of starters Alex Singleton and T.J. Edwards.
Taylor is relatively inexperienced because he didn't play much in high school for religious reasons. That made last season more of a redshirt year for him. The Eagles will need more this season.
"He’s a great athlete and he loves the game," Wilson said. "He comes in each and every day excited, and I love working with Davion. We’ve been lifting together too, so we talk quite a bit."
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