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Eagles eager to begin training camp

7/8/2014

The Philadelphia Eagles looked good through organized team activities (OTAs).

Every NFL team looks good at OTAs.

That’s because players are prohibited from tackling or contact of any kind. It’s pretty much a walk-through on the field along with weightlifting, film sessions and meetings.

The Eagles will learn so much more when training camp begins in slightly more than two weeks.

"Look at some of the young [offensive linemen]," Eagles coach Chip Kelly told the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal during OTAs. "Is he a good drive blocker? Well, we can't drive block each other … I understand [on defense] that would have been a sack. But we can't go near the quarterback. We have to stay away."

Kelly made the most of the time with his players in town. He’s hoping it will pay off when training camp begins.

"I look at it [like] here are the rules and just implement them," Kelly said. "I hear people complain about them, but [the rules] are not going to change. This is the amount of time and it's how it's allotted. So how do we use it as efficiently as possible? That's what we are always looking to do.”

Quarterback Nick Foles threw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions last season on the way to a 10-6 record and an NFC East title. Foles continues to put in the work, which will go to another level in training camp as the Eagles attempt to defend their division title.

"Hopefully, I’m improving," Foles told reporters during a break in OTAs. "My goals are to continue to move better. When I say that, I mean in the pocket, be more efficient, stay tight. I like throwing the ball downfield, so continuing to grow with my teammates on that, but being smart, find the checkdowns early, not staying on a read too long. It’s an everyday thing, but so far, we’re looking good.”