Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Birds Make TE Switch

OK, this is weird. The Eagles agreed to terms today with Alex Smith, the tight end cut by New England last weekend, who had been the target of trade speculation involving QB A.J. Feeley. That's not the weird part. The Birds then cut Tony Curtis, the backup tight end who seemed to play so well in the preseason finale last Thursday against the Jets. If nothing else changes, the Eagles will open their season Sunday at Carolina with starting tight end Brent Celek and a backup who has been with the team 5 days.

Birds Make TE Switch

The Eagles have agreed to terms with TE Alex Smith.    (AP File Photo)
The Eagles have agreed to terms with TE Alex Smith. (AP File Photo)

OK, this is weird. The Eagles agreed to terms today with Alex Smith, the tight end cut by New England last weekend, who had been the target of trade speculation involving QB A.J. Feeley. That's not the weird part. The Birds then cut Tony Curtis, the backup tight end who seemed to play so well in the preseason finale last Thursday against the Jets. If nothing else changes, the Eagles will open their season Sunday at Carolina with starting tight end Brent Celek and a backup who has been with the team 5 days.

Is that really the plan, or will we see Curtis back eventually, after another roster move? BTW, some people think the Eagles will cut somebody and put Michael Vick on the active roster tomorrow, so he can practice with the team during his two-week suspension.

Smith, a third-round pick of the Bucs in 2005, certainly has been a more prolific pass-catcher than Curtis, with 129 receptions in 58 career games.

He told a conference call this afternoon that he felt he "wasn't able to perform like I wanted to" in New England this preseason, after havng an ankle 'scoped in April.

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Smith, who visited with the Giants yesterday, said he was happy to come here, where he can play in "the offense I've spent most of my career playing in" -- the West Coast scheme that Jon Gruden also ran in Tampa.

"I felt this was the best fit for me to come in right away and help," he said.

Smith is the son of Edwin "Big Ed" Smith, the first NFL player from the Bahamas. Here is a link to a story about a football camp he held there when he played for the Bucs.  

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Other news: Eagles coach Andy Reid affirmed on his radio show this evening what players related to reporters after Monday's practice -- rookie Macho Harris will start at free safety and Omar Gaither will start at middle linebacker in the opener this weekend at Carolina.

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According to the National Football Post, Jon Runyan worked out for the Chiefs today. Look for Runyan to sign somewhere soon. If Runyan signs right away, he might be able to keep up his streak of 192 successive regular season starts.

 

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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