Eagles Notebook: Andy Reid closes rookie minicamp

Eagles coach Andy Reid wrapped up a three-day rookie minicamp Monday.

“All-in-all, I was happy with the way things worked out in this mini-camp. It was good to get the rookies out here, give them the reps they were able to get which you saw was a lot of them,” Reid said.

The coach also confirmed a few housekeeping items in his media session.

First, Mike Patterson had brain surgery and won’t attend OTAs, but he will be ready for the start of training camp (July 22) … Jason Peters is out indefinitely, according to Reid —although an independent report claimed that the injured left tackle underwent a second surgery on his ruptured Achilles … Center Jason Kelce was dealing with a slight foot sprain, but he’s been given clean bill of health … Stanley Havili is the starting fullback, after the team let Owen Schmitt walk … Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen will enter camp as the starting safeties.

The very early speculation is that rookie Mychal Kendricks could take over as the starting SAM linebacker. Reid wouldn’t confirm or deny that.

“We’re going to have a staff meeting here and we’re going to go over all that stuff. I’ll tell you that he looked good out here,” Reid said.

Finally, Reid seemed to perk up when discussing the Eagles’ top draft pick, Fletcher Cox. He’s listed as a defensive tackle and will concentrate on his inside technique to start. However, Reid said they like his versatility and he’ll see time at defensive end.

“He gives the opportunity to move him around a little bit,” Reid said. “Whether you have him at tackle or end, or one technique or three technique or even widen him out to the nine, I think he has the athletic ability to do that.”

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