Eagles reportedly work out punter

Updated (Friday, 7:35 a.m.): The Eagles reportedly took a look at a punter this week, according to Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com.

The Birds checked out left-footed specialist Ricky Schmitt, per the report.

In the past, Schmitt has been looked at as both a punter and a kicker. He performed both duties in college at Shepherd (W. Va.). But Caplan reports that the Eagles and other teams have only been looking at him as a punter.

Schmitt has played in one NFL game. With the 49ers in 2009, he hit two of three field goals, along with a pair of extra points. He also kicked off five times, notching one touchback.

Caplan told me via Twitter that teams that were facing a left-footed punter over the past few seasons would bring Schmitt in to practice.

The Titans signed him in March of 2010. According to their team Web site, Schmitt is 6-3, 217. He'll turn 26 in August and has also spent time with the Cardinals, Steelers and Raiders.

Sav Rocca is scheduled to be a free agent, although his exact status is unclear until the new CBA is in place.


It's official. The Browns named Pat Shurmur their new head coach today. Shurmur spent 10 seasons with the Eagles - starting off as tight ends coach before moving on to be the quarterbacks coach.

He left in 2009 to take over offensive coordinator duties with the Rams and Steve Spagnuolo.

It'll be interesting to see if Shurmur calls on any familiar faces when putting together his coaching staff. Paul Domowitch wondered via Twitter yesterday whether he might take a look at Eagles offensive line coach Juan Castillo for the offensive coordinator position.

As for Marty Mornhinweg, it appears unlikely that he's going anywhere this offseason. There had been reports that he could be a candidate in Cleveland. Now the only NFL opening is with the Oakland Raiders.

ESPN's Joe Schad also mentioned Mornhinweg's name as a possibility at Stanford, but that position has been filled also as the Cardinal promoted offensive coordinator David Shaw. Shaw spent a season with the Eagles as quality control coach in 1997. Mornhinweg's son, Skyler, has committed to play at Stanford in 2012.

Earlier Thursday, I posted Mike Check and found some surprising numbers about how Michael Vick performed against the Packers' blitz.

You can follow Moving the Chains on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for even more Birds coverage, including app-exclusive videos and analysis. Get it here.