Eagles notebook: Philadelphia signs Brad Smith to bolster special teams

Brad Smith signed with the Eagles on Tuesday.

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PHILADELPHIA - Brad Smith wasn't an ex-NFL player for very long.

Four days after getting released by Buffalo, one of the league's most versatile players was practicing with the Eagles on Tuesday afternoon after passing a physical earlier in the day. The team released wide receiver B.J. Cunningham.

"I was able to see a couple of plays and formations today," said Smith, who also met with the coaching staff after practice. "I think I can play on Sunday (against Washington)."

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Smith, 29, hasn't played in a regular-season game since last season. The wide receiver/kickoff returner/Wildcat quarterback spent the first nine weeks of the NFL season on the Bills' injured reserve list after hurting his ribs at the end of the preseason.

The Bills released him Friday.

"I'm excited to be here," Smith said. "In this league, you never know what's going to happen to you."

The 6-foot-2, 213-pounder played a variety of positions during a five-year stint with the New York Jets (2006-2010) and two seasons with the Bills (2011-12), lining up at wide receiver, running back and quarterback while also returning kickoffs.

Smith is the only player in league history to throw a touchdown pass, catch a touchdown pass and score a rushing touchdown. He has also scored four touchdowns on kickoff returns.

He has 970 career rushing yards and four TDs, 101 receptions for 949 yards and five TDs and has averaged 25.7 yards per kickoff return in his career. The former University of Missouri quarterback has also completed 4-of-9 passes for 51 yards with a TD and two interceptions.

Until he gets more familiar with the Eagles' offense, Smith will likely be restricted to special teams. Damaris Johnson opened the season as the Eagles' kickoff returner, but he has struggled with an ankle injury and has lacked consistency. Cornerback Brandon Boykin was the returner for the last two games.

Smith will also likely replace tight end James Casey as the Eagles' emergency quarterback.

"I'm joining a great team," Smith said. "I have to do whatever I can to earn their respect."

Nick Dynamite

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been hearing it for years.

People have compared him to "Napoleon Dynamite" since his college days at the University of Arizona.

"I get it a lot," Foles said with a laugh Tuesday. "I guess I see the resemblance."

Various websites have posted photos of Foles alongside Dynamite, actor Jon Heder's character in the 2004 cult classic, along with famous lines from the movie.

One has a picture of Foles warming up on the sideline in his Eagles uniform with the caption: "Wishes He Could Throw a Pigskin a Quarter Mile Just Like His Uncle Rico."

Quickmeme.com features a photo of Dynamite with the caption: "Hello, I'm Nick Foles. I Throw Footballs Over Mountains."

Foles has thrown plenty of footballs over NFL defensive backs this season. He enters Sunday's game against Washington with 16 touchdown passes and no interceptions. He has thrown 173 passes without an interception dating back to last season.

"It's just about taking care of the football," Foles said. "The speed of the game is so much faster at this level. The windows are tighter and they close pretty quickly. I have to make sure I make smart decisions."

Full of hugs

Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry had the team's only sack in Sunday's 27-13 victory at Green Bay.

He stormed into the Packers' backfield in the fourth quarter and hit quarterback Scott Tolzien with such force that Tolzien's helmet flew off.

After hitting Tolzien, Curry also hugged referee Mike Carey.

"I hugged him because I didn't want to get a (roughing-the-passer) penalty," Curry said. "(Carey) said it was clean, though."

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