Eagles Sign Three To The Practice Squad
By Lance Epstein
After two days of extensive scouting and researching, the Philadelphia Eagles finally filled out their practice squad. On Monday, the Eagles signed three players to fill out the eight-man unit: tight end Garrett Mills, safety Chip Vaughn and wide receiver Jeremy Williams.
After a notable senior campaign in 2009, which saw Williams catch 84 balls for 1,113 yards and seven touchdowns, he entered the NFL draft. Unfortunately, Williams went undrafted, but eventually signed as a rookie free agent with the San Diego Chargers. However, the Chargers let the former Tulane product go as they cut down to the league mandatory 53-man roster.
At Tulane, Williams had some historic numbers and finished as one of the best wide receivers in school history. He registered 197 receptions and 2,807 receiving yards over his career, which is fourth all-time in school history for both categories. Additionally, he was a red zone threat as he pulled in 19 touchdowns, which was seventh in school’s record books.
As for Mills (6-1, 235), he is an undersized tight end who played his collegiate ball at Tulsa. While at Tulsa, he became the first tight end to record 2,000 yards receiving in a career. His talented did not go unnoticed as Mills was selected in the fourth round as by the New England Patriots in 2006 NFL Draft.
However, the Patriots released him after one year and he signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Mills has been with the Vikings for the last three years and amassed seven catches for 91 yards in only nine games.
The Eagles toyed with the idea of bringing back TE Cornelius Ingram to their practice squad, but his knee and leg injuries were too worrisome. With only two tight ends on the roster, Mills could make an appearance this season if Brent Celek gets hurt or if rookie Clayton Harbor struggles.
Finally, Vaughn (6-2,221) was the last player who was added to the squad on Monday afternoon. Last year, Vaughn decided to declare for the NFL draft even though he was only a junior at Wake Forest.
Nevertheless, Vaughn went undrafted and signed as a rookie free agent with the eventual Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. Vaughn did not get the chance to suit up in 2009 as he was placed on Injured Reserve before the season started.
Like the tight end position, the Eagles are dangerously thin at safety. While (CB) Dimitri Patterson is expected to play safety and cornerback, he is going to take some time to learn the nuisances of the safety position. If there is an injury to one of the three safeties on the 53-man roster, then Vaughn will get the call.
The other players on the practice squad who were signed on Sunday are WR Chad Hall, DT Jeff Owens, RB Martell Mallett, G/C Dallas Reynolds and C A.Q. Shipley.