When Training Camp comes around, I believe the three Eagles offensive rookies will be working harder than some of the guys who are just trying to make the team. I say this because all three will be expected to make contributions to this offensive immediately. None of them will be featured at their position, but they will definitely be expected to know the offense and be ready to make plays.
Jeremy Maclin is the rookie I see who could possibly making the biggest splash on the Eagles offense. The guy is a natural playmaker and will see a lot of action right out of the gate. I can see him making as much of an impact as DeSean Jackson did last year and can’t wait to see them on the field together. They should be able to feed off of each others energy and be able to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. People are worried about his transition from the spread offense, but I know he’ll be working hard in Training Camp to learn all he can to be ready by Week One.
LeSean McCoy could also easily have a huge impact for the offense right away. He will be forced to learn more quickly due to the injury to Brian Westbrook. Much like Maclin, he is a natural playmaker and can do some damage in the open field with the ball in his hands. People have been saying for years that Westbrook needs a compliment, a guy who can take 10 carries off him each game and catch the ball out of the backfield. McCoy can do both. One thing he will need to work on extra hard in camp will be his blocking. Westbrook is a great blocker and I hope he tries to aid McCoy in learning.
Although Brent Celek did emerge towards the end of last year, he is not a full solution to the tight end position. I still strongly believe the Eagles got lucky when they were able to pick up Cornelius Ingram in the fifth round of the draft this year. Ingram will be the third rookie on offense who will be expected to make contributions early. He is a natural athlete with great hands. Blocking is not his strong point but I believe he has the type of size that will allow him to get by for the time being until he can learn some better technique. From what I heard he’s getting a ton of looks when they practice their red zone offense and I hope that he can be utilized as a real weapon in those situations. This is something the Eagles have struggled with for a while, but Ingram should be able to help them get six instead of settling for three.
I’m really excited for the rookie class the Eagles have coming in on offense this year. I know they have the talent and athletic ability to make plays, because they all showed it in college. Everything is different in the pros and I hope their talent carries over.