Matt Lombardo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Eagles officially begin training camp when rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans report to the NovaCare Complex for the first practice of camp on Monday, with the full squad checking in later this week.
While several starting jobs have been long established, including Carson Wentz at quarterback, Alshon Jeffery as the No. 1 wide receiver, and both safety positions locked down by Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, several jobs will be won and lost this summer.
Here's a preview of the five most intriguing position battles to keep an eye on during training camp:

1. Left Guard: Allen Barbre vs. Isaac Seumalo

Allen Barbre is the incumbent starter but the Eagles have very high hopes for 2016 third-round draft choice Isaac Seumalo, who started at both guard positions and right tackle as a rookie.
Seumalo took a significant portion of first-team reps throughout OTAs and minicamp this spring. Whether it is at guard -- or potentially if a Jason Kelce trade occurs -- at center, the Eagles seem intent on him ultimately holding down a starting job.
The competition for the starting left guard job is likely one of the top battles to keep an eye on over the next two months.

2. Slot Receiver: Jordan Matthews vs. Nelson Agholor

Jordan Matthews was the Eagles' best receiver the last two seasons and seems poised to return to the slot in 2017, but missed time due to knee tendinitis during OTAs and minicamp just might have opened the door for Nelson Agholor to steal his job following one of the most impressive springs of any player on the roster.
Matthews has the ideal frame to continue to thrive in the slot, and has accounted for 158 catches for 1,801 yards and 11 touchdowns since 2015. However, despite the fact that this is a contract year for Matthews, the Eagles have yet to engage in extension talks which could mean that the Eagles view him as expendable if the right offer comes along during the preseason.
Meanwhile, Agholor turned in an impressive spring while flashing reliable hands, smooth route-running and the kind of speed that it takes to be a successful slot receiver. Matthews' absence this spring meant extended reps with the first-team offense for Agholor and if he continues to improve over the summer, he just might put himself in a position to supplant Matthews in the slot.

3. Nickel cornerback: Aaron Grymes vs. Rasul Douglas

In Jim Schwartz's defense, the nickel cornerback is essentially a starting position, which in and of itself will put the battle between Aaron Grymes and rookie Rasul Douglas into focus over the next two months.
Douglas, the Eagles' third-round dhole in April's NFL Draft took a lion's share of the first-team reps during the spring while flashing strong ball-skills, handiness and the type of physicality to muscle up against physical opposing receivers.
However, over the final practices of the spring Douglas seemed to hit a bit of a wall, just as Aaron Grymes turned in some of his strongest practices. With Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson entrenched as the top two cornerbacks on the depth chart, Grymes vs. Douglas will be worth keeping an eye on.

4. Defensive End: Vinny Curry vs. Derek Barnett

Pressuring the quarterback with the front-four is the chief Tennent of Jim Schwartz's defense and the Eagles' inability to garner more than 35 sacks last season was one of the main reasons why Derek Barnett was drafted No. 14 overall in April's NFL Draft.
After signing a mammoth contract extension last March, Vinny Curry turned in an inconsistent and disappointing 2.5 sack campaign.
During the spring, Barnett showed off plenty of athleticism and a repertoire of pass-rush moves that drew plenty of praise from teammates and coaches. If Barnett continues to impress, there's little reason to doubt that he could wind up finishing the season with the second-most snaps this season behind Brandon Graham among defensive ends.

5. Running Back: Wendell Smallwood vs. Corey Clement
One year after being chosen in the fifth-round of the NFL Draft, Wendell Smallwood finds himself battling for the fourth running back job behind LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey who will likely split time between the backfield and as a slot receiver.
Smallwood averaged 4.1 yards per carry as a rookie and scored one touchdown, but rookie free agent Corey Clement has an opportunity to push Smallwood for a roster spot.
During his time at Wisconsin, Clement rushed for 3,091 yards and 36 touchdowns while averaging 5.4 yards per carry across four seasons.
At worst, Clement appears earmarked for the practice squad, but a strong training camp and preseason could be enough to actually hold down a spot on the depth chart particularly if Smallwood doesn't show improvement from his rookie season.


Always anxious for camp to start and watch battles develope with the most talented left standing come cutdown time .Always watch every second of the preseason games even at their most boring moments , you can always find a glimmer of optimism for every rookie and newcomer on display .