Training camp can be a whirlwind for a seasoned veteran. Imagine how dizzying it can be for a rookie.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie class endured their first training camp practice on Saturday under coach Chip Kelly.
For the most part, they survived.
“I think I got my first training camp practice jitters out,” Reynolds told CSNPhilly.com. “I was just trying to make a play on the ball. I tried to pull up, and Josh Huff slipped and we got tangled up a little bit. I kind of kneed him in the ribs and he caught me on the side of my leg. Nothing serious.”
Second-round pick Jordan Matthews, a wide receiver from Vanderbilt, said organized team activities helped to prepare him for training camp.
“It doesn’t really feel like the first day of camp because we went so hard in (OTAs) and minicamp and stuff like that … to be honest, the first day of training camp just feels like we’re back in motion,” Matthews told CSNPhilly.com. “Getting back into it, of course there’s going to be a little dust you have to shake off from being away for a month or so, but everyone was confident and rolling.”
It wasn’t that long ago when quarterback Nick Foles was a rookie. He remembers it well and has the utmost confidence in this year’s group of rookies.
“The rookies are looking good,” Foles told reporters. “They had a great offseason with us. I remember my rookie year, getting that four weeks off, five weeks off, that’s huge because you have such a long offseason. You’re going through the draft, you’re going through all that stuff. It’s probably the longest break you’ve had since — your whole life, really.”