PHILADELPHIA — The first three days of Philadelphia Eagles training camp was all about the rookies. The vets are now in town, and full-squad practices are about to get underway. Before they do, let’s take a look at where some of the first-year players stand:
“You’re afraid of confrontation!” defensive line coach Chris Wilson yelled at Barnett during pass-rush drills Tuesday. “You’ve got to get that out of your system. You’ve got to create the confrontation!”
Barnett has been getting coached up hard early in training camp. The Eagles hope he can step in and be part of the defensive line rotation early. The race is on to get Barnett’s game NFL-ready.
“There are a lot of times in college you can live off of one move,” said defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. “You get to the NFL, and guys are going to take that one move away, and you’re going to have to have a counter to it. So whether it’s an inside power move, whether it’s an inside spin move, he’s been working really hard on an inside spin. It’s not there yet, but he’s working on it.”
As far as Wilson’s teaching point goes, he wants Barnett to attack right off the snap to put pressure on the opposing tackle rather than allow him to set. These details will be drilled over the coming weeks before training turns into live game experience. Going against the likes of Jason Peters and Lane Johnson during camp should provide the rookie plenty of lessons.
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