Up next in my Philadelphia Eagles Player Profile or “PEPP” series is wide receiver Rasheed Bailey. In this series of post, I’ll discuss each and every single player on the Eagles’ current 90-man roster, in alphabetical order. For each player, I’ll discuss their career history, measurables, individual outlook for the Eagles in 2015 and their chance to make the final 53-man roster.
Although the Eagles added Nelson Agholor in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, they still had to add more talent and competition at the wide receiver position. Rasheed Bailey went to a small school but has some big time ability on the field, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what he can bring to the Eagles during training camp and preseason action.
Undrafted out of Delaware Valley University, Bailey lit up the field during his college career. Bailey finished his career with 165 receptions for 3,138 yards and 29 touchdowns. Those are some gaudy numbers and are impressive marks at any level of football. But they weren’t enough to garner the attention of the NFL in terms of being selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Yet Bailey will now play for his hometown team and try and make an impact on the Eagles in 2015.
Rasheed Bailey’s measurables, according to NFLDraftScout.com.
Bailey didn’t blow away any scouts during Villanova’s pro day, in fact it was quite disappointing considering his college production. At just 6-2, 205 pounds, Bailey should have posted much better numbers but failed to do so and that likely was part of the reason why he went undrafted. Nearly all of his measurables are below average when compared to the 2015 NFL Draft class at wide receiver. Yet Bailey still produced on the field and made his opponents look silly at times. So it was up to NFL teams to decide whether or not Bailey’s production was a result of the level of competition he faced or he actually has some skill…only time will tell.
Eagles’ Outlook for 2015
The Eagles are stacked at wide receiver heading into the 2015 season. Although the group is mostly young players, it’ll be very tough for Bailey to even sniff the final roster. But he should certainly get the opportunities to showcase his talent during training camp and preseason considering the uptempo scheme that head coach Chip Kelly uses. If Bailey shows enough ability on the field and keeps himself in check off the field, he could certainly be in the mix for a spot on the Eagles practice squad in 2015.
Chip Kelly’s #Culture Grade: 👍👍
Two thumbs up considering Kelly hand-picked Bailey to be on the Eagles’ roster. Bailey has had a rough journey to this point in his career. It’s not easy to make the NFL out of a small school such as Delaware Valley University, yet Bailey has fought through the adversity and earned this chance with the Eagles. He certainly sounds like he’s up for the challenge as well, according to Bob Ford of Philly.com:
"“I have that drive, that passion, everything that Philly is,” said Bailey, a wide receiver from Delaware Valley University signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent. “I wear a chip on my shoulder coming from a small school, and having been a fan to now being a player, I wear it every day.”"
Chance of Making Eagles Final 53-Man Roster: 0%
Although it’s always nice to have an “underdog” to root for during training camp and preseaon games, the odds aren’t in Bailey’s favor. He’s certainly a promising player but the Eagles are just to deep, young and talented at wide receiver for him to have a real shot at making the final 53-man roster. But Bailey could certainly land on the team’s practice squad, which may be the best option for both sides.
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