Remembering Philadelphia Eagles coaches as draft picks, rookies
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The Philadelphia Eagles will start rookie minicamp in a week, providing coaches their first chance to work with recent draft picks and players who signed as undrafted free agents.
So, that got us thinking about what Eagles’ coaches were like during their first NFL seasons.
Eight members of the Birds’ staff played in the league or heard their names called on draft day. Here’s a look at the how the beginning of their careers unfolded.
Drafted: N/A (Pederson signed with the Dolphins an undrafted free agent in 1991)
Rookie year: Pederson didn’t make his debut in Miami until 1993, and he completed 4 of 8 passes for 41 yards while serving as Dan Marino’s backup that season. That set the tone for a career defined by the big names Pederson sat behind, which included Brett Favre and Donovan McNabb.
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Drafted: 3rd round (57th overall) by the Bills in 1985
Rookie year: Reich threw one pass — a 19-yard completion — in 1985 as Jim Kelly’s backup. He’d remain in that role as Buffalo reached four straight Super Bowls.
Position: Offensive lineman
College: Virginia Tech
Drafted: 1st round (13th overall) by the Patriots in 1992
Rookie year: Chung started 14 games as a rookie for New England at right tackle and right guard. He started 16 games the next year, but slipped out of the lineup after that and never developed into a top-tier lineman.