PHILADELPHIA — While Eagles cornerback Cary Williams was picking out accessories for his new house, wide receiver DeSean Jackson was trying to find a home in the team’s new offense.
Williams skipped a few of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts and organized team activities for a variety of reasons, including supervising construction of a house in Tennessee.
“I’m sorry I wasn’t here during OTAs,” said Williams, who is lining up with the starting defense during this week’s mandatory minicamp. “I had to make sure my sconces and my wood was picked out. There was a whole bunch of stuff going on and we don’t have any days off during the season.”
Jackson also missed at least one OTA, but otherwise has been working with the rest of the offense to get a handle on Kelly’s new offense before training camp begins in late July.
Jackson, a two-time Pro Bowler, was concerned enough about his progress that he had a meeting with Kelly after he found himself taking some reps with the second- and third-team offenses.
“We just talked about what he expected out of me and what I expect out of myself,” Jackson said. “I’m just taking everything one step at a time and I’m starting to get a grasp on (the offense) now. It’s all good. We’re in the process of building a stronger relationship.”
For his part, Kelly warned every player against placing any emphasis on depth charts at this stage of the season.
The coach’s sole purpose during these offseason workouts is to make sure everyone gets as many reps as possible and begins to develop a measure of comfort before training camp.
“I wouldn’t make too much about who is playing with the first group (and) who is playing with the second group because we’re just rolling guys through,” Kelly said. “I kind of want to make this the last time I have to say this. I do not care who is (on the field). It really doesn’t matter to me. I looked up once (Tuesday) and Dennis (Dixon) was our quarterback, (LeSean) McCoy was the running back and the first (offensive) line was there. Does that mean Dennis is the No. 1 (quarterback)? No. We’re just rotating in and the rotation means nothing.”
The quarterback fight should turn out to be the most interesting battle of training camp.
Michael Vick is presumed to be the starter, but will be challenged by Nick Foles, rooke Matt Barkley and Dixon, who played for Kelly at the University of Oregon.
“I can’t remember ever having to compete for a starting job before, not even in high school,” Vick said. “But I don’t even worry about that. My whole focus right now is to get better, and the only way to keep making progress is to do everything I can to improve my skill set each and every day.
“I’m competing against myself to run this offense. I have to take care of myself first because if I don’t, that’s when I’ll start making mistakes.”
There is little doubt about who some of the starters will be, however.
Although others have taken some snaps on the offensive line, it’s pretty much a done deal that center Jason Kelce, guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans, and tackles Jason Peters and rookie Lane Johnson will comprise the starting five.
This three-day minicamp marks the first time Peters has been on a football field with Kelce, Mathis and Herremans since the 2011 season finale. The six-time Pro Bowler missed all of last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon and skipped the OTAs for personal reasons.
“It’s great to have all of us out there talking, communicating and just gelling together,” Peters said. “This is a real fast offense and unlike anything we’ve ever played in, so we really have to mind our Ps and Qs to be successful.”
EXTRA POINTS: Jackson confirmed on Tuesday that he has fired agent Drew Rosenhaus a year after the flamboyant agent negotiated a five-year, $48.5 million contract for him. On Wednesday, various media outlets including Yahoo Sports and CBSSports.com announced that Rosenhaus has filed a grievance against Jackson with the NFL Players Association for $400,000. Rosenhaus alleges that Jackson took mulitple loans from him from 2009 to 2012 and never repaid him.
The Eagles announced Wednesday that former defensive end Will Wynn died on Tuesday at the age of 64 from heart failure at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Wynn played in 54 games, including 27 starts, for the Eagles from 1973-76 before spending a year with Washington. As an Eagle, he had eight fumble recoveries and scored two touchdowns.