The Eagles will report to the NovaCare complex for training camp in just one month and as the team faces rising expectations, several players on the roster will be looking to make a splash.
Philadelphia has a few holes in several key roster spots and that should allow for under-the-radar contributions from guys who would normally be seen as longshots or on the roster bubble.
The Eagles have signed several undrafted free agents and have three versatile veterans and second-year guys who will also be looking to move up the ranks.
We’ve highlighted a surprise player in each position to watch.
QB Carson Strong
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Strong isn’t a threat to starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, but after picking up a huge signing bonus, he’s definitely a player to watch.
The former Nevada star has a cannon for an arm and could secure the quarterback job permanently in 2023.
RB Kennedy Brooks
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The Mansfield, Texas native had three 1,000-yard seasons at Oklahoma and finished his high school career with 7,658 rushing yards and 96 touchdowns on 885 carries.
Brooks could fill Jordan Howard’s role as a power back.
WR Zach Pascal
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Pascal is one of the biggest wide receivers on the Eagles roster and was recruited by head coach Nick Sirianni to fill a signing role.
TE JJ Arcega-Whiteside
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The former second-round pick is now a tight end looking for his last opportunity to make his case for being on the roster.
OL Kayode Awosika
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An athletic guard who can also play at the tackle position, Awosika spent his rookie season on the practice squad but offers intriguing value and versatility.
DL Tarron Jackson
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Jackson has shown flashes of potential when given plenty of shots and he’ll be looking to break up the rotation of a loaded rush squad that at times includes Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham and Haason Reddick.
LB Davion Taylor
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A year ago, Taylor was a speedy linebacker prospect and a player to watch because of his raw athleticism.
Taylor flashed at times during the 2021 season, showing improvement against the pass, before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
He will now enter the 2022 season competing against Kyzir White and Nakobe Dean, two players who offer higher football IQs with comparable athleticism.
CB Kary Vincent Jr.
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The Eagles’ top three cornerbacks are established and Zech McPhearson has shown enough to be listed as CB4 on the list.
Vincent Jr. will face Tay Gowan, Josh Blackwell, Mario Goodrich, Josh Jobe and Josiah Scott for that last cornerback spot on the roster.
S André Chachere
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Chachere’s ability to slide inside or out at cornerback makes him an intriguing player to watch safely behind Marcus Epps, Anthony Harris and Jaquiski Tartt.