The Philadelphia Eagles are officially ready to get rookie camp started as they inked deals with multiple undrafted free agents.
Every year, the Philadelphia Eagles tend to find a diamond in the rough when it comes to their undrafted free agents. Two years ago, the Eagles signed running back Corey Clement, and he ended up being a big-time contributor to the teams Super Bowl victory in 2017. Just last season, they inked a deal with running back Josh Adams, and he ended up leading the Eagles’ in rushing yards for the 2018 season. Although they won’t need a running back to stand out this year, which undrafted free agent could become the next diamond in the rough for the Birds?
The 2019 Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie minicamp begins on Friday, and the first-time pros will get an opportunity to either show their coaches why they were worth a draft pick or show them why they are worth a spot on the final 53-man roster. These young guys will have to do a lot more this offseason than just stand out while rocking ball shorts and a helmet, but this weekend will be the perfect opportunity for them to get on the coaches radar ahead of OTAs and training camp.
Who will be joining the Eagles this year as a UDFA?
- Joey Alfieri, LB, Stanford
- Ryan Bates, OT, Penn State
- T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
- Nico Evans, RB, Wyoming
- Nate Herbig, OG, Stanford
- Sua Opeta, OG, Weber State
- Keegan Render, C, Iowa
- Anthony Rush, DT, UAB
- DeAndre Thompkins, WR, Penn State
- Kevin Wilkins, DT, Rutgers
Names to watch:
Before the big Zach Brown signing, the Eagles’ inside linebacker position was getting ready to be a wide-open battle. Although there are a handful of guys with some experience behind Brown and Nigel Bradham, nothing will be given at linebacker. Edwards has to battle against Grugier-Hill, Gerry, and Fort, which isn’t precisely an impossible fight to win.
Nate Herbig, Sua Opeta
Right now, the Eagles don’t have a sure-thing at right guard on the offensive line. Brandon Brooks is currently nursing a torn Achilles, and his return could take some time. The Eagles didn’t sign a guard, nor did they draft one. So this battle should be exciting as it is still a bit of a pressing need for Philly as they begin their offseason activities.
The Eagles pretty much don’t need any additional help at wide receiver this year. For once, it seems like that is one of their most stacked positions on the team. However, that doesn’t mean a wideout can’t crack the final roster. Thompkins was a standout punt returner at Penn State, and with Darren Sproles currently out of the picture, the Eagles have a need for a return man. They could elect to go with DeSean Jackson, but they need him to be healthy to run routes. This could be where Thompkins comes in and makes a splash on special teams.