Friday, December 19, 2014

Eagles sign third-round pick Josh Huff to a four-year deal

The Eagles agreed to terms with third-round pick Josh Huff on Tuesday, marking the first of the team's seven draft picks to reach a deal with the team.

Eagles sign third-round pick Josh Huff to a four-year deal

The Eagles agreed to terms with third-round pick Josh Huff on Tuesday, marking the first of the team's seven draft picks to reach a deal with the team. Huff, a wide receiver from Oregon, is at the facility all week. The Eagles hold rookie camp beginning on Friday.

With a rookie wage scale in place, contracts are uncomplicated. Most of the draft picks should be signed quickly, although the contracts of first-round picks can take time.

Huff, 22, has a close relationship with Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Huff played three seasons at Oregon for Kelly, although his finest season came in 2013 when he finished with 62 catches for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Eagles expect him to play in different receiver spots and contribute on special teams.

"Great position versatility with him," Kelly said. "Josh played every position when we were at Oregon, so he's been an outside receiver, an inside receiver. He played a little bit of running back early in his career.  He's returned kicks.  He's an outstanding special teams player. 

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"You’re getting a physical football player just a shade under 6 feet, 205, 210 pounds. He can run. He has a nasty presence to himself, so he's not risk‑averse to contact. He's going to get after people. He's a physical player in the run game. So really excited to see if we can add him to the group.  One of the things, especially with our receivers and DBs and all those other positions, if you're not the starter, you've got to be a special teams player, and I think he'd be a standout at that also."

Kelly said he removed himself from the initial evaluation process of the Oregon players. It was a mild surprise when the Eagles used a third-round pick on Huff, but it was clear the team was high on the former Oregon standout.

"When we looked at the receiver board, he was just a guy we wanted, we wanted on this team because of his ability with the ball in his hands, his ability to separate, his toughness on special teams and his ability to return kicks," general manager Howie Roseman said. "But really it's his ability as a wide receiver."

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