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Potential #Eagles free agency targets (part 1):
I've been asked many times about which players the Eagles might be interested in signing beginning next week, so here's the list that I've been working with for a while based on need and fit:
I don't see them signing a QB, FB, or FB. Signing a WR wouldn't be surprising since Kelly's offense will feature formation variation with multiple WR sets. However, this isn't a deep free agency class when it comes to speed at WR, other than Mike Wallace or Devery Henderson.
Jared Cook/Titans: I assumed, like everyone else, that he would get the (non-exclusive) franchise tag. But it became apparent that the team was scared off the potential losing an arbitration case by Cook where he would pointing out that he's basically a WR based on where he has lined up by formation (only lined up inline on 18 pass plays last season). Now that they didn't tag him, I'd expect the Eagles to have varying levels of interest depending on where the market goes for him. And Cook is perhaps the most intriguing free-agent skill position player I've seen on tape when it comes to being a fit for Kelly's offense. However, keep in mind this is one of the best TE draft classes in years, so the Eagles could simply look for a vertical TE in the draft and pass on going after Cook. Watch Greg Cosell's breakdown on him for our free agency film room piece at Philadelphiaeagles.com.
James Casey/Texans: The team used him mostly as a fullback this past season, which really didn't take advantage of his athleticism. To me, he's an athletic H-Back, who has the ability to be moved around the formation.
Brandon Myers/Raiders: He had a great season considering all of the issues the Raiders had on offense in 2012. Myers, according to STATS ICE, had 41 "clutch" catches (3rd or 4th down catch that results in a first down. Also, any catch that results in a TD or score (2pt conv). Myers isn't going to run a fast 40-yard dash, but he started to show why he's quickly becoming one of the NFL's most reliable TEs. The only negative is he had 8 drops, but that's on 105 pass targets.
Delanie Walker/49ers: What I like about him is you can move him around the formation as an H-back, TE, or FB. Like Casey, I think he would fit in well with HC Chip Kelly's offense based on where he could potentially line up. According to STATS ICE, 14 out of his 21 receptions last season were considered to be "clutch." Big negative is he had 8 drops on only 39 pass targets.
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