Even though we are a little under 100 days away from the start of the 2022-23 NFL Season, the story lines are beginning to take shape for this year’s Eagles team. This week, the Eagles start their Organized Team Activities (OTAs), and they will be interesting to keep track of, even if there isn’t all that much action actually going on. With a bunch of new additions, both through free agency and the draft, and a young QB on the verge of either taking the next stop or possibly losing his job all together, there are plenty of points to keep Philly fans satiated. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting story lines heading into OTAs that we should all be keeping our collective eyes on over the next week.
We won’t see contact, but the new and improved Eagles defense has some new talent to check out, and one of those guys has flown perpetually under the radar to me. Kyzir White had 144 combined tackles last year for the Los Angeles Chargers, good for 8th in the entire NFL in 2021-22. With Haason Reddick and Nakobe Dean being brought in to that linebacker room (though Reddick will spend a lot of his time as an edge rusher), White has been little talked about, but he fills multiple needs for the birds. He is a tackling machine, but also a converted safety, meaning his coverage from the linebacker position will be much better than the average Eagles’ LB last year. It’ll be interesting in OTAs to get our first glimpse of how Jonathan Gannon will use White this season.
The offense has a couple new toys as well, the shiniest undoubtedly being AJ Brown, who joined the Eagles via trade from the Tennessee Titans this offseason. The chemistry between Brown and Jalen Hurts, who is entering his biggest prove it season since… well, last year, will be paramount to helping the Eagles decide what to do after this season when it comes to the QB position. Brown called Hurts his best friend this offseason when he arrived in Philadelphia, and the two had been working out together this offseason prior to the move being made. I’ll certainly be waiting to hear from the Eagles’ beat reporters how that chemistry looks in person. I’ll also be listening for any scraps of news on Cam Jurgens, AKA Cammy Lotions, AKA the Eagles potential center of the future. It appears that when Jason Kelce calls it a career, Jurgens will be the next man in line to play the center position, but that will be at least another year. Could we possibly start hearing about Jurgens at a different position in OTAs? The offense will be interesting for sure.
The one other big thing that is worth keeping an eye on is the scheme of Jonathan Gannon. With a change in personnel, there have been some theories on how Gannon’s defensive scheme could change. Now I’m not going to lie to you and pretend like I know what the best NFL defensive scheme is given the Eagles personnel. Knowing that is why Jonathan Gannon is the Defensive Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles and why I’m a guy that talks into a microphone and writes these articles for a living. What I will say is I will be very interested in how he lines his defense up in OTAs, and also how he explains his thoughts (or doesn’t) in his media availability. Gannon is no doubt still eyeing a head coaching opportunity following this coming season, and if he handles this season correctly, he could certainly reach that goal next spring.