- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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Rookie tight end Zach Ertz and rookie cornerback Jordan Poyer missed Philadelphia Eagles OTAs and minicamp, but only because they weren't allowed to go. An NFL rule that prohibits rookies from joining their teams until their college terms are completed kept Ertz at Stanford and Poyer at Oregon State all spring, as those schools' years run later than, say, USC, where Matt Barkley came from.
As a result, Ertz and Poyer are at the team facility this week, playing catch-up while the rest of the team takes a pre-training camp break. Per Zach Berman:
Ertz, who graduated with a degree in management science and engineering, combined his workouts with three classes: bioengineering, optimization, and a senior project that included finding trends in the stock market.
Poyer took part in graduation but still needs a few credits to earn his degree in liberal studies. He worked out with his defensive backs coaches at Oregon State and with other NFL draftees in a similar situation.
As Zach writes later in his story, Ertz has nothing to fear. He's a second-round pick and likely ticketed for a significant role in Chip Kelly's offense as it plots to use multiple tight ends a lot. Plus, if it doesn't work out, he can always go the bioengineering or stock-market route. Poyer is a seventh-round pick, and while there's opportunity in the Eagles' overhauled secondary, he's likely got to show something in camp in order to stick.