The Eagles officially announced the signing of nine undrafted rookie free agents today. These players will mostly be training camp bodies, but a few have legitimate paths to the 53-man roster and one or two others could stick on the practice squad. Some undrafted players can go on to make an impact in the league, and a few who made meaningful contributions for the Eagles include Cullen Jenkins, Dallas Reynolds, Colt Anderson, and Damaris Johnson. Here’s the rundown on this year’s crop of rookie free agents:
- ILB Jake Knott, Iowa State – Highly productive linebacker with a good combination of size and speed. The Eagles have a lot of inside linebackers, but Knott has talent.
- RB Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook – Put up video game numbers against FCS talent, but showed well against Syracuse as well. Not the biggest or the fastest, but he has quickness and power as a shorter, thicker back. He could push Chris Polk for a roster spot.
- C Kyle Quinn, Arizona – 6’3″, 290 player who was not invited to the Combine. Earned Pac-12 honorable mention in 2011, but should be considered an extreme long shot to unseat Dallas Reynolds as a backup center.
- DE Isaac Remington, Oregon – One of Chip Kelly’s former Ducks, Remington has an ideal frame for a 3-4 end at 6’6″, 305, but was never a standout player in college. He doesn’t have a realistic shot at making the team.
- WR Russell Shepard, LSU – Once a premier dual-threat quarterback prospect coming out of high school, Shepard never found a position at LSU. NFL teams were interested in him as a receiver, returner, or even at defensive back. Don’t expect the light to come on for him in training camp.
- DE Damion Square, Alabama – A key cog in Alabama’s dominant 3-4 defense, Square is undersized at 6’2″, 293, but plays with good leverage and knows how to rush the passer. It will be tough to beat out draft picks Bennie Logan and Joe Kruger, but Square might find a home on the practice squad.
- OG Matt Tobin, Iowa – At 6’6″, 290, Tobin is a bit light for an offensive lineman, but he has the length Chip Kelly covets. He didn’t earn any impressive postseason honors, but Iowa linemen are very well schooled.
- RB Matthew Tucker, TCU – Tucker is a bigger back at 6’0″, 221 with decent production throughout his college career. He might be a practice squad candidate, but faces very long odds to beat out Chris Polk or Miguel Maysonet.
- P Brad Wing, LSU – A very talented and athletic Australian punter who actually declared early because he failed drug tests at LSU. If the Eagles are undeterred by his character concerns, he will probably prove to be the best punter in camp. He executed fake punts wonderfully for Les Miles, who loves to spring special teams surprises.
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