Eagles sign two undrafted RBs, seven others
Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid always managed to discover some quality NFL players among the rookies who get bypassed in the draft.
Wide receiver/punt returner Damaris Johnson and running back Chris Polk both made the team last season as undrafted free agents. In 2011, punter Chas Henry and defensive tackle Cedric Thornton earned roster spots after not getting drafted.
New coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman announced Monday that they have signed nine undrafted free agents in hopes of finding a few surprises.
They agreed to terms with linebacker Jake Knott (Iowa State), running backs Miguel Maysonet (Stony Brook) and Matthew Tucker (Texas Christian), center Kyle Quinn (Arizona), defensive linemen Isaac Remington (Oregon) and Damion Square (Alabama), wide receiver Russell Shepard (Lousiana State), guard Matt Tobin (Iowa) and punter Brad Wing (LSU).
They will join the Eagles' eight draft picks at the team's rookie minicamp on May 12. The Eagles also released tight end Evan Moore.
Maysonet or Tucker would appear to have a shot at replacing running back Dion Lewis, who was traded to Indianapolis earlier this month.
Maysonet (5-foot-9, 209 pounds) rushed for 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns and averaged 25.8 yards on kickoff returns for Stony Brook last season. Tucker (6-1, 227) rushed for 2,618 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career for TCU and also caught 29 passes for 262 yards.
Remington (6-6, 305) made 53 tackles, including eight for a loss, in two seasons under Kelly at Oregon.
Wing is the most intriguing free agent signed by the Eagles.
The 6-3, 205-pound native of Australia averaged an LSU-record 44.6 yards on 118 punts in two years. He had two years of eligibility remaining, but LSU officials asked that he not return to school because of various on- and off-the-field incidents that included an arrest for misdemeanor battery in 2011.
Later that fall, he became the first player in NCAA history to have a touchdown negated because of a taunting penalty, which happened against the University of Florida. Last season, he was suspended for the Chick-Fil-A-Bowl against Clemson for a violation of team rules.
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