PHILADELPHIA - Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has spent the past seven months overhauling and retooling both the coaching staff and the roster.
Now he's looking forward to seeing how the myriad of offseason moves pays off with the starting of training camp at the NovaCare Complex.
"We talked a lot about getting the best guys we could for the 90-man roster for training camp," Roseman said Monday. "Once they get the pads on and start playing, we'll get a better sense of what we have."
Rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans straggled into the NovaCare Complex on Monday. It was a stark contrast to the previous 17 training camps at Lehigh University, when the parking lots of the dorms would be filled with SUVs as players unloaded TVs, video game systems and hyperbaric chambers and toted them into their rooms.
This year, the players will be spending about a week together in a nearby hotel, then the veterans will be permitted to stay in their in-season homes.
"Moving here was the right decision," Eagles center Jason Kelce said Monday. "From a technological standpoint, it just made sense to keep everything here.
"It was cool to see all the fans out there for every practice at Lehigh, though. For all those people to take time out of their busy schedules to travel there to watch us, I'm going to miss that part of it."
Only about 300-400 fans, including 50 season-ticket holders, will be invited to watch the practices at the NovaCare Complex. Over 200,000 fans have gotten tickets to see the five workouts the team will be holding at Lincoln Financial Field.
The first training camp workouts for the early arrivals will be held on Tuesday morning. The entire team is due on Thursday with the first full-team workout under new coach Chip Kelly slated for Friday.
"None of us have ever been here before for training camp," Roseman said. "Just being here and being at (Lincoln Financial Field for the open workouts) is an exciting part of this and we're looking forward to it."