Jun 17, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (95) during mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Training Camp Roundtable: Which Eagles will break out in 2014?

In 2013, turnover was a big part of the the Eagles’ worst-to-first turnaround. Sure, Chip Kelly and a new regime will get a majority of the credit for that-as they should-but breakout seasons from the trio of Nick Foles, Riley Cooper and Brandon Boykin were key in fueling that turnaround.

In 2014, year two of Kelly’s regime, I’d be shocked if we saw anyone have the type of breakout season that Foles did last year. Only a handful, if that many, have ever broke-out to the tune of the Pro-Bowl season that Foles had last year. Even asking for a Boykin-type breakout, when he turned into the best nickel corner in the NFL, might be a tad much to expect. Expecting a Cooper-type breakout, whether it is from someone that is a receiver or not, might be the best we get in 2014. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

With all that in mind, sometimes in Philly we like to be optimistic, and for the Eagles to take the next step in 2014, more than one person is going to have to step up. I didn’t press myself on that question, because I’m in charge. Instead, I chose to just say that Zach Ertz, Chris Polk, Mychal Kendricks and Fletcher Cox will continue to progress, without the Eagles seeing anyone drastically breakout in 2014.

Two of our other writers, weren’t as lucky, as I forced them to single-out one player, who they think will breakout.

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Player: Earl Wolff

If healthy, Wolff should have an opportunity to serve alongside Brandon Boykin as the primary playmaker in the

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defensive secondary. The second-year safety from N.C. State has shown that he does not shy away from contact and demonstrated solid instincts when he was on the field. The addition of Malcolm Jenkins to go along with the pending competition with Nate Allen should benefit the defensive back as he tries to put an injury-riddled 2013 behind him. Though there is not much as far as top-end, notable talent on the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles do have a handful of candidates who can shed the ‘promising young player’ label with a strong 2014 showing. As long as Wolff remains healthy, I predict he will unseat Nate Allen as starting safety and start the long-awaited process of providing the Eagles with a playmaker from the safety position.

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Player: Jeremy Maclin
I’ve written about this in length already, but I think Maclin is on par to have the best season of his career. He’s never had a season where he’s caught 80 receptions, nor has he ever broken 1,000 yards. I think it’s very reasonable to believe that he will reach both in Chip Kelly’s offense. There are no clear cut favorites so far, but Maclin can provide short yard gains as well as the occasional breakout play down field. I’m really excited to see his role this season, especially since I don’t believe there is any player that demands a double team on the Eagles. LeSean McCoy is the closest, but as a running back, his double teams will be more like the front seven closing in on him, and basically allowing the wide receivers freedom to do what they do best. Maclin’s veteran status will give him an early edge, and his strong possession skills should provide major dividends. The only way I think he doesn’t have a career year is if he winds up hurt for any amount of time. If healthy, I’m 100 percent behind him as the leading wideout here.
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