Earl Wolff Supplanting Nate Allen As Philadelphia Eagles' Starting Free Safety?

By Ryan Wenzell
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Earl Wolff ran with the Philadelphia Eagles‘ first team in training camp today, getting a look with fellow safety Patrick Chung in the back end with the starting defense. Wolff has impressed early in camp, showing good coverage, and also isn’t afraid to stick his nose in and go for the big hit.

Most impressively, he has shown to be a sure tackler. After watching last Friday’s debacle, the Eagles can take all the sure tacklers they can get in what is a very unsettled secondary. Jobs at both safety spots are very much in the air as they are at every spot in the secondary, but it looks like the veteran Chung will man one of the safety spots for now.

The question is who will man the other? Fourth-year incumbent starter Nate Allen did not inspire confidence with his play last Friday in the pre-season game, showing the trademark poor tackling skills that plagued him for much last season. Allen really needs to get his butt in gear to not only start, but even make this football team because after a strong rookie season, his play has simply fallen off the map.

Wolff is the young hungry pup right now. He is injecting some aggressiveness and ball-hawking ability that the back end will sorely need this season with so many question marks. He is also a confident young man. He has stated many times that he wants to be the best safety in the league and while he is a long way from that, the desire is good to hear from a young player.

For now, Allen and Wolff are battling for that starting job. I wouldn’t be surprised if Wolff takes the job from Allen before too long, possibly even as soon as Week 1.

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