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Diamond In The Rough

Joe Mays

Listed below we have listed 3 possible “Diamonds in the Rough”, to follow in the footsteps of the Training Camp long shots that not only make the team, but capture the hearts of the fans in attendance. The Eagles have always given the underrated and most of the time undrafted free agents a chance to make the team. Some have went on to have successful careers here and also on other rosters. Such as Greg Lewis, Jamaal Jackson, Akeem Jordan, Nick Graham, and Arizona’s Rod Hood for example. Here is some 2008 options in no particular order.

1. McBride, Shaheer WR 6-2 205 Delaware State

Considering how much the WR position has been questioned in Philadelphia, this 2008 rookie free agent has the chance to open some eyes. While most of the national attention was on the 2nd round pick Desean Jackson in the OTA’s, Mcbride seemed to stand out amongst the coaching staff. He has good size and seemed to catch everything thrown his way. He’ll need to do that and more to make the roster at a crowded position come September. A four-year starter at Delaware State, holds school records in recepts. (201) and yds. (3,007), while adding 33 TDs

2. Mays, Joe LB 5-11 246 North Dakota State

Even though Mays was drafted, he’s still a long shot to make the team, considering the starters are set, and the coaching staff loves what last year’s long shot Akeem Jordan brings to the team. The may be only one more spot to fill, and he is one of two linebackers drafted by the Eagles this year. Mays is undersized, but his physical play could possibly lead to a roster spot. Special teams will be a big factor in whether he is on the team or not come September. An All-America selection as a senior in 2007, led Division I-AA North Dakota State with a career-high 90 tackles, 9 TFLs and 2.5 sacks, en route to being named the Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

3. Collins, Jed FB 6-1 255 Washington State

Collins has a tough road ahead of him to make this team. Not only is the fullback position under appreciated around the NFL, but for this offense which is mostly pass driven, it’s almost forgotten. Thomas Tapeh, last year’s starter, has signed with the Vikings, which leaves a void to be filled by either J.Davis the front runner for the job or Collins who so far is a distant second. Since the Eagles have also added Luke Lawton to the mix, a former practice squad player for other teams, the road for Collins is now even rougher. Capped off a four-year career at Washington State with career highs in receptions (52), yards (512), and TDs (3) as a senior tight end. For his career, totaled 80 catches for 899 yards and 6 TDs, while scoring twice on the ground.

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