For Eagles safety Earl Wolff, a season of promise turned into a season of frustration.
Wolff as a rookie played in 11 games, but after suffering a hyperextended knee on Nov. 10 at Green Bay, he missed six of the Eagles' last seven.
Wolff, who has played organized football since the third grade and had never missed a game at any level until last season, told me Tuesday how he went through a lot of emotional highs and lows while dealing with his first significant injury. He said his "knee finally felt right about a week and a half after the Eagles' playoff loss to New Orleans.”
With Year 1 behind him he quickly began to focus on Year 2, and during this offseason he spent a month at the Tony Villani XPE sports training facility in Boca Raton Florida.
While there he had the opportunity to train with and pick the brains of current NFL defensive backs like Eric Berry, Stephon Gilmore, Byron Maxwell and Marcus Gilchrist.
Now as he gears up for the upcoming OTAs and training camp, he can’t wait to play with and learn from free-agent signee Malcolm Jenkins.
“I didn’t know a lot about him, but I knew of him. It’s a great move by the organization. I can learn a lot from him," Wolff said. "Actually I kind of sat behind him in the meeting today. He was taking notes, so I was kinda looking at how he was taking notes, and honestly I think I’m going to start sitting beside him. I know he wouldn’t mind helping me out. It’s great having a veteran player, a team leader. He knows the game like the back of his hand."
Before we parted ways, I asked Wolff one final question, which was his expectations for himself in 2014:
"To get better, to be a whole lot better, to be more comfortable back there," he said. "I’m a hard worker and I have big expectations for myself.”
Wolff is also smart enough to know the Eagles organization and the fans expect big things from him as well.