The duties of a newcomer to the NovaCare Complex include (but are not limited to) delivering Rita’s Water Ice to veterans after intense training, and even occasional musical performances during band meetings.
But ahead of Friday’s pre-season match against the New York Jets, one rookie responsibility had come to the fore – Rookies fill up where needed.
On the list of injured Eagles that showed up in Wednesday’s final training camp pre-game session was veteran Jason Kelce, who underwent a routine elbow procedure on Tuesday due to discomfort.
Being cautious about a healthy team composition means that young players – namely Cam Jurgens – will take a higher role, both in practice and in the upcoming competition.
“I must complete for everyone who is downstairs; Kelce is downstairs now. So I have to do my best to get fulfilled there and you know it’s good for me because I have these extra opportunities, extra repetitions, ”said Jurgens.
“I feel like I’m getting more and more ready every day. I’m excited, just ready to play more soccer and hit someone else besides our own team. “
Fortunately for the Nebraska draft in the second round, the young liners at the Eagles Training Camp have an opportunity unlike any other team in the NFL; they have four veterans from over a decade in Jason Kelce, Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson and Fletcher Cox to do reps next to and against.
“How many such teams are there? What an opportunity for these young players to learn from these guys and pick their brains and Cam does, ”said head coach Nick Sirianni.
For Jurgens, this brought noticeable dividends in his game. He is already emanating the tendencies of a 12-year-old veteran.
“I saw him like a sponge around Jason,” Sirianni said.
“Hey, listen. There is only one Jason Kelce. But there are times when he does something and you say, “Woah, he looks a bit like Jason.”
It is unclear how many snaps Jurgens will play in Friday’s contest; Sirianni said the starters would likely only see a one-for-two streak against the Jets.
Nevertheless, the eyes will be on the young guys making their NFL debut at Lincoln Financial Field.