New Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Arrelious Benn isn't sure how he'll fit into coach Chip Kelly's offense.
He's hoping to stay healthy enough to find out.
Benn, who was acquired last week in a trade with Tampa Bay, played in just eight games last season because of a knee injury and has yet to play an entire season since entering the NFL as the Buccaneers' second-round draft pick in 2010.
"When I've been healthy, I've made plays and was consistent," Benn said Friday in a video on the Eagles' website. "Now I've got to stay healthy. It's no secret. I know that. The weird thing is I never had any injuries in college (University of Illinois). Now I've got to find a way to do it on the NFL level."
The Eagles are willing to take a chance. They signed Benn to a one-year contract extension Friday that runs through the 2014 season after getting him and a seventh-round pick in next month's NFL draft from the Bucs in exchange for a sixth-round pick this year and a conditional draft choice in 2014.
Benn, 24, was one of nine players to join the Eagles last week, following linebacker Connor Barwin, tight end/fullback James Casey, safety Patrick Chung, cornerback Bradley Fletcher, linebacker James Phillips, safety Kenny Phillips, defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and cornerback Cary Williams. The other eight additions were free agents.
"No disrespect to the guys that they have here because they've been doing a pretty good job, but the guys that they brought in here were brought in for a reason," Kenny Phillips said last week. "I think it's going to be fun. Because we're starting from the bottom, it's going to be a fun time rising to the top."
Benn joins an Eagles' receiving corps that already includes starters DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, plus Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Marvin McNutt and Greg Salas.
At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Benn is the second-biggest Eagles wide receiver behind Cooper (6-3, 222).
He could also wind up as the Eagles' kickoff returner after averaging 23.5 yards per return for the Bucs last season before he got hurt. Brandon Boykin averaged 23 yards on 45 returns for the Eagles last season.
"They have great receivers here already and I can't wait to meet and mesh with them," Benn said Friday. "But I'm ready to do whatever they want me to do. If they want me to return kicks, I'll do it."
He got off to a promising start with Tampa Bay, catching a combined 55 passes for 836 yards and five touchdowns in his first two seasons, but had just four receptions for 26 yards and no TDs in eight games last season before heading to injured reserve with his second knee injury in three years.
He subsequently dropped on the Bucs' depth chart. Vincent Jackson led the Bucs with 72 receptions for 1,348 yards with eight TDs last season under first-year head coach Greg Schiano. Mike Williams added 63 catches for 996 yards and nine TDs. Former Rutgers University standout Tiquan Underwood had 28 receptions for 425 yards and two TDs.
"In the back of my mind, I was expecting something to happen," Benn said. "The situation just wasn't right for me in Tampa. I needed a change of scenery and a fresh start."
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