6 Philadelphia Eagles roster longshots to keep an eye on at OTAs
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The Philadelphia Eagles open organized team activities next week, which offer coaches a chance to run the first full practices of the offseason. Players won’t be wearing pads and rookies will still be settling into their professional routines, but the squad will go through team drills for the first time this offseason — save for rookie minicamp.
And while the spotlight will be on established veterans tuning up for the regular season, OTAs often hold more significance for little-known roster hopefuls. With that in mind, we take a look at six Eagles players who are unknown to some fans and likely won’t make the team but could spark some buzz with strong offseasons.
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The Eagles signed Watford as an undrafted free agent last season and kept him on the practice squad all year. Though he was a quarterback at Virginia and Hampton, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound Watford has the size and speed to play receiver in the NFL.
Philly kept Watford on the practice squad last season because they see some potential there. Last year was Watford’s first as a full-time wideout, so if his skills are more refined this spring, it’s possible he could emerge as an offseason standout.
The inexperience as a receiver is the obvious hurdle Watford faces in his quest to make a final NFL roster. With the Eagles, he also has to face stiff competition. The Birds signed two free agent wideouts this offseason, drafted a pair of speedsters and have a hefty stock of young players at the position already.
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