Good morning, Eagles fans. The Eagles held their rookie minicamp last weekend, continue to tinker with the roster, and have their first week of organized team activities beginning on Tuesday. The next few weeks will be busy with Eagles updates, so make sure to follow along on Philly.com.
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The Eagles officially signed their undrafted rookies before rookie camp last week. With only five draft picks, that group will be in the spotlight more this summer than most offseasons. The Eagles already waived two of them and added one, but here's what to know about the 14 on the roster:
Since last week's Early Birds, the Eagles have added two veterans. Here are some quick thoughts:
Yes, I think Sidney Jones will be on the 46-man roster in Week 1 and contribute. I don't know whether he'll be a Day 1 starter, but I think he finds a way onto the field. Jones has so much talent. He has a year in the system, too. I need to see how he looks running this spring and summer, but he'll be 18 months removed from the injury by Week 1. The Eagles are bullish on him. It's not hyperbole to say Jones can eventually become the Eagles' No. 1 cornerback, and it could happen sooner rather than later.
The Eagles haven't officially retired Randall Cunningham's number, but they haven't given that number out, either. Nobody has worn No. 12 since Cunningham left. Maybe one day the Eagles will need to give it out, but let's consider it unofficially retired at this point.
As for Nick Foles, I'm not sure he gets his number retired. You could argue a Super Bowl MVP deserves that honor, but that would be a tough precedent to set. It's easier to retire a single-digit number because only quarterbacks, kickers, and punters are eligible to wear them, so fewer of those numbers are needed. But I don't have an answer for you on this one. After all, he's still playing. His story is not yet finished.