The Philadelphia Eagles safety battle opposite of free-agent signing Malcolm Jenkins is one of the most interesting storylines in Eagles training camp, as Nate Allen and Earl Wolff are currently locked in a wide-open duel. While Wolff’s first task is to beat out the more experienced Allen for the starting gig, he has lofty ambitions on his mind after he takes over as a starter.
According to CSN Philly’s Geoff Mosher, Wolff stated that he believes he can be a great safety, “I know I can be really, really good in this league. I know I can. My goal is to be great. If I not great, then I’m not satisfied with anything. I want to be the best. I feel like I’m talented enough to be the best.”
Wolff predictably struggled as a rookie flier from N.C. State, but he has plenty of upside and does have the talent to be a good starter in this league. He showed some flashes last season and picked up 44 tackles with five passes defended and an interception. He’s shown good ball skills in training camp to this point, picking off Mark Sanchez yesterday and showing off some athletic ability. Wolff has more upside than Allen, but potential isn’t going to win him the starting gig. But if he can continue to show growth in training camp, then the starting gig could be his to lose. He’s one of the Eagles more intriguing players on defense heading into the 2014 season, and I have a feeling the Eagles would like him to lockup the starting gig, because it would mean that he’s a step closer to fulfilling his potential.
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