PHILADELPHIA - Midway through Tuesday's practice at the NovaCare Complex, the Eagles' offense split into position groups.

Instead of joining Brent Celek, James Casey, Zach Ertz and the other tight ends, Clay Harbor huddled with DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant and the rest of the wide receivers.

"The coaches called me into (head coach) Chip (Kelly's) office and told me they wanted me to play some wide receiver," Harbor said Tuesday. "Nothing's set in stone, but for right now, that's my position."

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Harbor was a longshot to make the team as a tight end, considering Celek is a veteran starter, Casey signed as a high-profile free agent and Ertz was a second-round draft pick.

The Eagles were lacking depth at wide receiver after Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn both suffered season-ending knee injuries earlier in training camp. Harbor, who is in his fourth season with the Eagles, will be competing with Nick Miller, Ifeanyi Momah, Will Murphy, Greg Salas, Russell Shepard III and newcomer Jeff Maehl for one or two roster spots behind Jackson, Cooper, Avant and Damaris Johnson.

"We have a lot of depth at the tight end position, so I'm trying to see if I can find a spot on the roster somewhere else," said Harbor, who had a brief audition at linebacker during the offseason minicamps. "I'm willing to play wherever they need me. The more versatile you are, the more valuable you are."

The Eagles acquired Maehl on Monday via trade with Houston. They shipped offensive lineman Nate Menkin to the Texans in exchange for Maehl, who bears a strong physical resemblance to PGA Tour star Ricky Fowler.

Maehl is being reunited with Kelly. The 6-foot, 184-pounder played four seasons at the University of Oregon and caught 77 passes for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2010 before making the Texans in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. He played in three games for the Texans in 2011 without catching a pass and spent last season on their practice squad.

"I was a little surprised to be traded," Maehl said Tuesday after watching the Eagles' practice. "Obviously, when you are on a team, you want to make that team. But in this league, sometimes you get moved around. I'm happy for the opportunity to be back with coach Kelly.

"He's changed a lot of the terminology and signals with the offense, so I have to relearn the language, but I played four years in this offense, so I'm pretty comfortable with everything. I'm hoping to play (in Thursday's preseason game against Carolina). I'm a competitor. I want to get out there, show what I can do and earn the respect of my new teammates."

EXTRA POINTS: In other news Tuesday, rookie tackle Lane Johnson was back practicing after missing three days to be with his wife Chelsea. Chelsea gave birth to their son, David Jace Johnson, on Saturday.

"Everybody's doing great," Lane Johnson said. "He weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces when he was born and he's got big ole hands and feet."

Johnson is scheduled to start at right tackle on Thursday against the Panthers. The first-round draft pick is coming off an impressive performance in last Friday's game against New England. According to Kelly, he played best of the Eagles' offensive linemen.

"It's nice to hear things like that from the coaches," Johnson said. "But I get let myself get too high or too low about things. The last thing I want to do is get big-headed about everything."

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