A three-day mandatory minicamp in mid-June is quite different from training camp, but Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly can still evaluate players.
He's always evaluating players.
Kelly addressed reporters on Monday, the first day of the three-day minicamp.
Here's a sampling of his thoughts:
On quarterback Nick Foles: "Just a better command and an understanding of what's going on. You know, lining guys up. Coaches were lining everybody up last year. But now Nick has really got a great command of what we are doing offensively and you can just see it. There's a lot more confidence in how he's playing and now it's just a matter of refining the little things for him, footwork, handoffs, carrying off fakes. Not the minor details; they are really major details, but he's not worried with where he's going with the ball. It's just how is he going to do that; how can he manipulate the safety, but he's still going to throw the ball to his left."
On free agent rookie defensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva: "He's doing a real nice job. I think you forget what he's transitioning from. Not only did he spend his stint with the Army, but his last year at West Point, he was a wide receiver, and now he's playing defensive line in the National Football League. So not only is it a transition because he has not played football in a couple years; it's he's playing really a new position. He played some defensive end I think his sophomore, junior year at Army, but then he was moved to offensive line. Then he went from offensive line to wide receiver, so he's had a real varied background. But it's impressive to see a guy that's had that much of a background, have that much of a layoff, to see how he's acclimated and fit in. When we got a chance to see him work out, when we brought him in to work him out, you could tell how athletic he is for a guy that's 6 9. Now he's up, I think he was 277; he's gained some weight now, because he was running four or five miles a day just to keep in training for the army, so it's a little bit different running that's going on here. So he's a guy that I think you can really keep an eye on just because he's got such an upside and I really don't know how the whole thing will pan out, but in terms of a work ethic and things like that, his is kind of second to none."
On rookie wide receiver Josh Huff, a third-round pick from the University of Oregon: "The same thing, I know him extremely well just because I had an opportunity to coach him for three years. Great work ethic, an explosive player that really can change direction very, very quickly. He's big, he's physical. He's just transitioning because our terminology is different than what he had in college. I can explain because I know what his terminology in college was like, so we called it this (at Oregon and we call it this now). Real student of the game. I think he and Jordan (Matthews) have hit it off and really play off each other right now so it's two good young guys to go together."
On veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin: "I think he's been cleared to do everything and has not missed anything, so he's been running around doing everything for us. He could probably give you a better indication percentage wise where he feels he is at this point in time. But he's doing everything and you'll see him out here doing everything."