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Kurt Coleman addresses the media Thursday after arriving at training camp. (USA Today Images)
Every Eagle has reported to training camp. Veterans were required to report to the NovaCare Complex on Thursday, and we caught up with a handful as they arrived.
Safety Kurt Coleman arrived at camp on Thursday with his job in jeopardy, but the uncertainty hasn't daunted his confidence.
“I make plays,” Coleman said as he walked up to the NovaCare Complex. “I see things happen and I make them. I just have to stay consistent with my game play.”
Coming off a year with two interceptions in 14 games -- he missed two with a chest injury -- Coleman preached that if he stays healthy, he has a great shot at competing for the starting job. A seventh-round pick in 2010, he has started 27 games the past two seasons.
And as Chip Kelly has preached, Coleman sees every position as wide open.
“Out here wars are going to be won, so I think it's an exciting time for all of us,” he said. “I think we're competing against each other, but we're also pushing each other to become better teammates and better players. And when it's all set it done, it's going to be the best 53-man roster.”
Coleman is not only competing with Andy Reid holdovers Nate Allen, Colt Anderson and David Sims but also three newcomers in free-agent signees Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung, and fifth-round pick Earl Wolff.
As more veterans arrive, we'll continue to add brief posts here.
Maclin avoiding QB controversy
As Jeremy Maclin reported to the NovaCare Complex for training camp on Thursday, he was quickly surrounded by reporters. The Eagles’ wide receiver was tossed all sorts of questions, from what kind of shape he’s in to whether the Birds have the talent necessary to recover from last season’s disappointment.
Not surprisingly, Maclin was also asked about the predominant storyline: the ongoing quarterback competition. But unlike fellow wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who recently predicted that Michael Vick will win the job, Maclin was careful not to chose sides.
“You can’t get caught up in that, man,” Maclin said. “That’s a job that’s going to come from the coaches. That’s a decision that will come from the coaches. All we can do, as receivers, whoever’s out there throwing the ball, be accountable and go out there and make plays for them.”
Maclin, who is in the final year of his contract with the Eagles, said there haven’t been any discussions with the team about an extension.
“I’m excited to go out there and prove what I’m worth,” Maclin said.
Ryans: 'We have enough to win'
DeMeco Ryans arrived to the NovaCare complex ready to begin his third consecutive season under a new coach and in a new system.
Ryans started all 16 games last year and led the team in combined tackles with 113.
“3-4, 4-3, I have seen it all, played under it all,” said Ryans, who is entering his eighth season in the NFL. “It's nothing from the standpoint of ball, there's not much different for me. But from the standpoint on how Coach Kelly runs his show, it's a little different. And I think it's good for us.”
The Eagles are making a major overhaul to their defense. New parts in the secondary. Old parts in new positions.
“We have enough [on defense] to win,” Ryans said.
Cox: Where am I playing?
Arriving to camp without a position, it must be tough, and it's where Fletcher Cox finds himself.
Cox said he has no preference or any inclination on where he might play this season.
"Coach has got me doing a lot of things," the 2012 first-round draft pick said. "It's kind of up in the air, I don't know where I'll be playing."
When will he know?
"Probably the first game of the season," Cox said.
Cox played 15 games in his rookie season, finishing with 5.5 sacks as a defensive tackle. Cox said he hopes to obtain double-digits sacks this season in whichever position he ends up.