5 Things We've Learned From Philadelphia Eagles' Early OTAs

By Cody Strahm

5 Things We've Learned From Philadelphia Eagles' Early OTAs

Jeremy Maclin
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The Philadelphia Eagles took the NFL by storm in 2013, utilizing Chip Kelly's innovative spread offensive attack to capture the NFC East title with six more wins than the previous season. In 2014, the Eagles will attempt to sustain that success in a league that has had ample time to prepare and adjust for them. Here are five things we've about learned this year's Eagles thus far.

5. Jason Phillips is 100 percent

Jason Phillips
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5. Jason Phillips is 100 percent

Jason Phillips
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The Eagles' special teams could be in store for a boost in 2014 in the form of Jason Phillips. A former special teams standout with the Carolina Panthers, Phillips is now reportedly 100 percent healthy after missing all of 2013.

4. Nate Allen Has Early Lead in SS Competition

Nate Allen
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4. Nate Allen Has Early Lead in SS Competition

Nate Allen
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In the competition for the starting safety spot opposite Malcolm Jenkins, Nate Allen looks to have an early lead over Earl Wolff. Allen, the more experienced option, has been running with the first team at practice while Wolff, who is arguably the higher ceiling player, has been getting his reps with the second unit.

3. Jordan Matthews Already Impressing

Jordan Matthews
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3. Jordan Matthews Already Impressing

Jordan Matthews
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Second-round pick Jordan Matthews, a wide receiver prospect from Vanderbilt, is off to an impressing start with his new team, noticeably running harder than many of his teammates at practice. That type of work ethic could lead to a significant role for Matthews as a rookie. He should fit nicely into the slot as a large target for quarterback Nick Foles.

2. Jeremy Maclin's Recovery Has Gone Well

Jeremy Maclin
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2. Jeremy Maclin's Recovery Has Gone Well

Jeremy Maclin
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Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin's absence in 2013 made the Eagles' explosive offensive outbreak even more of a feat. Maclin tore his ACL last summer, but is on pace to be 100 percent by training camp if he isn't already. He's reportedly the team's new "Z" receiver, filling the void left by DeSean Jackson.

1. Offense Will Be Even Faster

Nick Foles
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1. Offense Will Be Even Faster

Nick Foles
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As fast as Philadelphia's offense was last season, it only ranked 13th in snaps per contest. This year's unit is reportedly moving faster between plays during OTA sessions, which should make containing Kelly's spread even more of a chore in 2014.

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