This young man couldn’t possibly challenge for a roster spot with these Philadelphia Eagles, could he?
Any shout out by your coaches is a good thing in camp, especially when you’re mentioned in a positive sense by your head coach following a question that didn’t even involve your mention. Elijah Riley joined the ‘Birds’ following the most recent NFL Draft as a member of Philly’s undrafted group of rookies.
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Ever since that day, he’s been the picture of professionalism and hard work. He’s a little short, at five-foot-eleven and 214 pounds. In other words, he’s about a half an inch taller than Michael Vick and almost 15 pounds heavier, but he caught the eye of the ‘Birds’ following four years at West Point where he appeared in 44 games and racked up 201 tackles. That includes 142 solo tackles and 17.5 stops that resulted in a loss of yardage.
He’s nice in coverage too. He also has seven interceptions and 21 pass breakups on his collegiate resume. Keep an eye on him all week. Sidney Jones has been virtually M.I.A., and Rasul Douglas has been both good and bad, depending on what play you’re analyzing.
As of right now, Grayland Arnold looks as though he’s the undrafted rookie with the most realistic shot at making the roster. If that’s the case, Elijah Riley and the next guy on this list are close seconds. All three are guys you’ll want to pay attention to as camp progresses.