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Eagles' training camp is filled with oddities and freakish athletes

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You can't teach size. You can't teach speed. That's why Chip Kelly and the Eagles' front office have made it their goal to acquire talent with both attributes and find a position for them on the roster. The Eagles have collected so many intriguing young prospects that the fanbase has salivated over the superficial qualities of the latest additions.

The Eagles roster is peppered with the quick, the tall and the versatile. As noted quite a few times, size does matter to Kelly and unless you've been living under a rock, you know that speed does too. While the Eagles' roster has yet to provide tons of room for optimism, several newbies are at least interesting enough to talk about.

Below are some of the "special" athletes that will take part in Philadelphia's training camp and preseason games:

Ifeanyi Momah, WR, Rookie

Momah is a giant wide receiver who stands at 6'7." To put that into perspective, he is four-inches taller than Riley Cooper, who has served as the team's biggest receiver for three seasons. Momah, like most of the other oddities on the Eagles' roster, is intriguing purely because of his potential and size. At Boston College, he never caught more than 20 passes or three touchdowns in a season. However, with an NFL coaching staff that could take advantage of his size, Momah could be poised to have a successful career as a redzone target.

Clifton Geathers, DE, Fourth Season

Geathers is another size over experience pick-up for the Eagles. Entering his fourth NFL season, the brother of Robert Geathers has been on six different teams and has registered just five tackles and a sack. A natural five technique, Geathers will try to make the Philadelphia squad as a backup. Like Momah, Geathers is 6'7" and has a height advantage over most of the offensive lineman that he will face in the NFL. If Billy Davis can find a way to use him, Geathers could be a big find the Eagles.

Russell Shepard, ?, Rookie

Shepard is a bit of an enigma. He doesn't fit the size mold of Geathers or Momah, but he's just as intriguing. The former highly-recruited high school quarterback played several positions at LSU. The "gadget guy" was used as a running back, wide receiver and returner in college, and was even considered a potential cornerback prospect in the NFL by a few teams. With Kelly's ability to get the ball into the hands of playmakers all across the field, Shepard could be a dangerous weapon with his 4.46 forty-time speed. While he may just be a practice squad member in 2013, Shepard should give Eagles fans something to talk about during training camp.

Michael Bamiro, OT, Rookie

The newest Eagle is a massive man. Bamiro was signed last week and at 6'8," is the biggest guy on the roster. The Stony Brook alum is likely to compete for a backup tackle spot with the team. The Eagles gave Bamiro guaranteed money in his contract, so the team is obviously infatuated by his size. He's a little late to the party, but if Bamiro impresses over the next few weeks, he could earn a roster spot.

Bennie Logan, DT/DE, Rookie

The lone draft pick on this list is a man of many hats. Logan can lineup at the five technique, three technique and nose tackle in the Eagles' new 4-3 Under. While he is a bit short, his natural quickness and first step will allow him to be the Jason Kelce of the defense. The Eagles took him in the 3rd round and were clearly impressed with his versatility and short-area quickness. Logan is expected to be a part of a loaded defensive line rotation this season, but could see his role expanded quickly.

Brad Wing, P, Rookie

A punter as an oddity? Well, here you go:


Matthew Tucker, RB, Rookie

Tucker fits the size profile Kelly likes. As a 6'1" running back, Tucker is a big back with speed. While his resume at TCU wasn't full of highlights or stats, the former Horn Frog brings an added dimension to the Eagles' running back unit. Bryce Brown and LeSean McCoy has size but Tucker is truly a big back. If he can make an impression on the coaching staff, perhaps the long-shot could kick Chris Polk and Felix Jones off the roster.

Who is the most intriguing oddity on the Eagles roster? Who are you most excited to see at training camp and in the preseason?

This article originally appeared on SBNation.

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