Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Eagles work out Nevada QB

As the Kevin Kolb rumors continue to swirl, the Eagles are taking some time today to check out another quarterback, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Eagles work out Nevada QB

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As the Kevin Kolb rumors continue to swirl, the Eagles are taking some time today to check out another quarterback, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Per the report, the Birds are holding a private workout with Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick had an impressive college career, throwing for 10,098 yards and 82 touchdowns. He also ran for 4,112 yards and 59 touchdowns.

Wison's story includes a quote from draft analyst Mike Mayock during a recent conference call.

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"I had a chance to see him last summer at Peyton Manning's Passing Academy," Mayock said. "I spent three days watching the kid throw the ball with Peyton and Eli. He's got a huge arm. He's a great athlete, and he's got a big frame. The kind of guy you want to buy into. He's the kind of guy that's going to rise a little bit. A lot of people thought he was a third, fourth, fifth-rounder heading into the season. Now, he's probably a second round type of guy."

Kaepernick (6-5, 233) ran a 4.53 40 at the combine, second to only Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor among quarterbacks.

The argument for keeping Kolb has been that the Eagles will likely need a competent backup quarterback behind Michael Vick next season to make a Super Bowl run. That's true, but I don't see them going with a rookie in that role if Kolb gets dealt, especially considering the limited practice time that rookies could be facing.

I don't even think they'd want to go with second-year QB Mike Kafka in that role. More likely, they'd add a veteran signal-caller.

As for Kaepernick, the Eagles will work out several players in the coming weeks. Just because they work a player out doesn't mean they have a high level of interest in him. This is what NFL teams do this time of year.

With that being said, the workouts are not completely insignificant. Last year, the Birds worked out or hosted prospects like Jamar Chaney, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Ricky Sapp and Charles Scott, who they went on to draft.


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