Finally, some action! Just like picking at some hors d’oeuvres while awaiting for your main course, the Eagles have begun signing some undrafted free agents. Here’s a quick look at the newest birds in the nest:
DT Cedric Thornton, 6′ 3″ 309 lbs, Southern Arkansas – He was a projected mid-round player in the draft. He had a superb year in 2009 as a junior when he recorded 80 tackles, 23 TFLs, and 8.5 sacks.
However, he was slowed by injuries in 2010 but did play through them. He’s considered tough and quick off the ball but also comes with some character concerns (suspended the final two games last season for violating team rules and arrested in 2009 for marijuana).
Would be a good fit in Jim Washburn’s Wide 9 scheme.
TE Martell Webb, 6′ 4″ 257 lbs, Michigan – His college career statistics are 9 catches, 111 yards, and two TDs. Brent Celek better watch his back! <end sarcasm> Obviously his play making skills are not why the Eagles signed him.
View him as a “camp body” and primarily as a run-blocking tightend.
RB Graig Cooper, 5′ 10″ 205 lbs, Miami – Good running back prior to his 2009 ACL injury. Injured his ankle in the beginning of last season and never regained his form. Has experience returning punts and kicks.
Long shot to make the final roster but could end up on the practice squad.
WR Terrance Turner, 6′ 2″ 220 lbs, Indiana – Got progressively better each year during his five year college career (Red Shirted first year) that totaled 143 catches for 1,436 yards and four TDs.
He was projected as an undrafted free agent and is an extreme long shot for the roster. However, Chad Hall is certainly not a lock either.
WR DeAndre Brown, 6′ 6″ 240 lbs, Southern Mississippi – Wow! Huge physical specimen! He had a great freshman season where he caught 67 passes for 1,117 yards and 12 TDs. He seemed like a player destined to be a first round draft choice.
But then the wheels fell off. Numerous injuries, clashes with coaches, and an arrest for disorderly conduct have left the player’s future in serious doubt. He’s viewed as a huge character concern and medical risk.
If he shows something in training camp I could see him making the practice squad just based on his size and potential.
P Chas Henry, Florida – Sav Rocca is a free agent, could the Eagles go with two rookie kickers in the same season? Quite possibly. Like PK Alex Henery (yes, we now have a Henry and Henery), Henry was rated #1 at his position. So we now have the top college kicker and punter.
Goodbye Rocca and Akers.
QB Jerrod Johnson, 6′ 5″ 251 lbs, Texas A&M – Set 24 school records in college including total yards at 8,888, passing yards at 8,011, career completions at 650, and career touchdown passes at 67.
However, he lost his job half way through last season due to ineffectiveness. He has the tools to be successful and with good coaching he could turn out to be a solid backup someday. Some may see him as our #3 QB but I still believe we add a veteran after the Kolb trade.
LB Brandon Peguese, 6′ 230 lbs, Hampton – Not much to say about this prospect except that he did lead the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) with eight sacks this past season.
Same as with most UDFAs, he’s a major long shot to make the roster and will mainly compete for a coveted spot on the practice squad.
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianous, 6′ 204 lbs, Iowa – Nicknamed “DJK” by his teammates, he has totaled 173 catches for 2,616 yards and 17 TDs in his college career. He also returned two kicks for TDs as well.
DJK was arrested in December of last year on drug possession charges and tested positive for marijuana and cocaine. But, he is not widely considered to be a character concern.
With that said, he will be a long shot but if he shows some wiggle he could challenge Chad Hall for a roster spot.
The most intriguing player of this bunch is DT Cedric Thornton. He could push a player like Trevor Laws or Antonio Dixon for a roster spot and is a player you should keep an eye on during camp.
Picking up Chas Henry was a good move as well. Though the thought of possibly going with two rookie kickers — in what is supposed to be a Super Bowl chasing season — makes me a little nervous.