Tim Tebow, Josh Huff and 4 other things to watch for at Eagles OTA

Tim Tebow will be on display when the Eagles open full-squad OTA, Tuesday, at the NovaCare Complex. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun)
on May 26, 2015 at 6:00 AM, updated May 26, 2015 at 6:04 AM

 Come Thursday, the media will get its first look at Chip Kelly’s new-look Eagles.

There will be plenty to see, even though the third day of the team’s full-squad OTA is just that an OTA. Which means there will be no hitting, not any contact of any kind, and no pads.

Still there are some interesting aspects of the team that are worth watching, here are a few.

Sam Bradford: Tell me whatever you want about Bradford and I won’t argue. “He’s going to play 16 games, take the Eagles to the playoffs and make the Pro Bowl.” OK. “He’s going to get hurt again and not make it to the bye week.” OK.

Thursday will be the first time we get to see Bradford as an Eagle and while his arm strength has never been questioned, it will be good just to see how he’s moving around after tearing his ACL for the second straight year last preseason.

Tim Tebow: Tebow, you know, can move around. That’s never been a problem. What needs to be seen is how he’s throwing the ball after working with former baseball player Tom House, who helped him with his motion. If Tebow is throwing the ball with more velocity and more accuracy, look out.

This will also be the first time Tebow speaks to the media as an Eagle. It might be nice to hear what he thinks of the team, the offense, and his new coach.

Evan Mathis: We’ll know this by Tuesday when the OTA begins, but it would be nice if the Pro Bowl guard is there. Thus far he’s skipped all the voluntary stuff and this is still voluntary.

Mathis, for the second year, has been given permission to seek a trade. And hasn’t found anyone willing to both trade for him and pay him more than the $5.5 million he’s scheduled to make with the Eagles. Maybe, he’ll show up, get to know all of his new teammates and be the team leader he can be.

DEPTH CHART: Who’s starting on offense?

Josh Huff: Wide receivers are one of the few positions where you can see some things, even during an OTA. Huff, as a rookie, showed he has all the tools — speed, strength, the ability to get yards after the catch — what he needed to do was refine his game and stop making crucial mistakes.

In one OTA it will be tough to see just how much more mature he is, but there will be signs. If Huff is better, combined with Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, the Eagles could have a really good, young set of wide receivers.

Mychal Kendricks: Depending on the health of both Kiko Alonso (ACL) and DeMeco Ryans (Achilles), Kendricks could be a backup at inside linebacker. Sure, the coaching staff is going to say all three are starters, but there is only so much playing time.

Kendricks, who has started since his rookie year, and is going into his contract year, may not be too thrilled about the situation. It will be interesting to see what he says when asked abut it.

The Secondary: No position on the team underwent more change in the offseason. Only safety Malcolm Jenkins returns as a starter. Who will start opposite high-priced free agent Byron Maxwell at cornerback? Who will start with Jenkins at safety? Where will second-round pick Eric Rowe play? Is Brandon Boykin still in the plans?

Obviously all of this will not be answered in an OTA, but it will be a start.

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6 Responses to “Tim Tebow, Josh Huff and 4 other things to watch for at Eagles OTA”

  1. Andrea says:

    Go Tebow !!!!

  2. David Oliver says:

    Buzzy et all…

    Philadelphia Eagles: And.. (Tim Tebow)

    I have been trying to figure out when these OTAs are open to the Media:

    this site gives some specifics:

    Bleeding Green Nation will have Eagles OTAs fully covered as I plan to attend these events in person. The first day of OTA practice open to the media is Thursday, May 28. The other days that are open include: June 1, 8, and 9. Mandatory minicamp in June is open as well. Be on the lookout for my practice notes. And make sure you’re following me on Twitter for live updates (@BrandonGowton).


  3. LuitLipton says:

    Go Tim!! It’s your time!

  4. ck says:

    Praying Tebow overcomes all obstacles!!!

  5. ck says:

    Thanks for all the updates, Buzzy!

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