Monday, July 6, 2015

Eagles add tight end to practice squad

The Eagles announced they have released practice squad tight end Rob Myers and replaced him with Martin Rucker.

Eagles add tight end to practice squad

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The Eagles announced they have released practice squad tight end Rob Myers and replaced him with Martin Rucker.

Rucker, 24, was released by the Browns on Tuesday and passed through waivers on Wednesday. He was a fourth-round pick in 2008 from Missouri. He caught two passes for 17 yards in five games (one start) in his rookie season.

The Eagles have only two tight ends on their 53-man roster in Brent Celek and Alex Smith.

Rucker is the younger brother of former Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Mike Rucker.

In other tight end news, former Eagle tight end Tony Curtis signed with Baltimore this week. Curtis was with the Eagles for a relatively brief period this summer and then was released before the season began by Smith.

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There might be a slightly better possibility that Donovan McNabb (rib) plays this week, although that still looks unlikely. In any event, Kevin Kolb said he isn't agonizing over what will happen. Kolb took the first-team quarterbacking reps Wednesday, and he said he will prepare as if he's starting.

"I'm going to prepare just like I did last week, taking the practices and playing in the game," Kolb said. "When they come and tap me on the shoulder and say 'Five' [McNabb] is in, then I'll go in as the backup."

Kolb also said his approach to his second start will be different than how he handled the first.

“You’re always going to learn something. I assume there won’t be quite as much worry and doubt. I can play with confidence, play assertive, just focus on the game play," Kolb said. "There were a lot of factors last week and hopefully this week will just run smoother. And, every week that I get a chance to play just gets smoother and smoother and I can get better as a player.”

While the Eagles ran a lot of Wildcat formation last week, the new wrinkle this week is the addition of Michael Vick.

"I felt good with the Wildcat from the day we put it in, whether it’s Mike or Westbrook or DeSean back there," Kolb said. "Whoever it is I felt good about it. It hasn’t seemed to throw me out of any rhythm and I felt fine with it last week.”

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Danny Amendola, signed off the Eagles practice squad this week by the Rams, took part in his first practice in St. Louis. There is a chance he could be returning kicks and punts this weekend. Or as coach Steve Spagnuolo put it, "It just depends on how quickly we can get him oiled up."

"I'm not the biggest, the fastest or strongest guy, like the NFL is looking for, but I'm going to make some plays,'' Amendola said. "I feel like I'm a good football player. I feel like I can play in this league.''

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On the injury front, linebacker Joe Mays (shoulder) and safety Quintin Demps (hamstring) returned to practice, Demps as a limited participant.

The only Eagles not practicing who could play this week were quarterback Donovan McNabb (rib), running back Brian Westbrook (ankle) and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (groin). Wide receiver Kevin Curtis (knee) was limited.

Cornerback and special teams gunner Dimitri Patterson said he hopes to be back for the Oct. 11 Tampa Bay game, though he might have to play wearing a cast on his surgically repaired left hand.

Defensive end Victor Abiamiri (groin) got through the New Orleans game OK and was a full practice participant Wednesday.
 

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