Safety a position to watch at Eagles' OTAs


Starters aren’t named in June.

Yet that’s when the competition begins.

The Philadelphia Eagles just completed their first set of OTAs and one position to keep a close eye on is at safety where second-year pro Earl Wolff is competing against Nate Allen.

Coach Chip Kelly discussed the battle as OTAs concluded.

“Nate's the first guy up,” Kelly told reporters on Thursday. “And Earl is in running with the second group right now. And both have done a great job in the offseason program. We're excited to see those guys play it out.”

Wolff missed six of the last seven games with a knee injury last season. Patrick Chung was released after the season and the Eagles brought in free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins from the New Orleans Saints.

Who has the edge right now? Allen or Wolff?

“Every day I come out here and give it my all,” Wolff told CSNPhilly.com. “Me and Nate have a good friendship, relationship and basically we both know it’s going to come down to -- we’re not sure -- probably till the preseason or whatever. We’re both going to give our all and may the best man win.”

Though Jenkins is getting adjusted to his new surroundings, he still had an opinion.

“It’s too early to say anything about it,” Jenkins told CSNPhilly.com. “Obviously, they’re both competing for that spot. You got Nate, who’s a veteran who knows what to do. He’s gonna be in the right place at the right time. He knows the defense. I think he’s getting better as far as anticipating what offenses are gonna do.

“Earl, he’s very, very athletic,” Jenkins continued. “He’s young. But he’s still inexperienced. I think that’s the biggest thing for him is learning the nuances of the game and how to play different positions, what to look for and how to take what the book says that you should do it and apply it to what the play is developing as. We’ll see how that plays out once we get into training camp and get further along.”