Ifeanyi Momah generated a lot of buzz when he signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent last March. A 6’7”, 239-pound wide receiver, Momah spent more than year out of football after suffering a torn ACL as a senior at Boston College. When he was finally able to work out for NFL teams, though, he reportedly ran a 4.4 40.
However, once the Eagles got him into training camp, it was fairly evident Momah was a project. He wound up not even make the practice squad.
Yet Momah was re-signed in January, and based on what Chip Kelly said to Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News, it sounds like there might be some progress there.
We have seen a marked improvement from last year to this year...He's not just trying to figure out, 'Where do I line up at the snap?' He already knows where he's going and he's lining up and reading coverages and has a better understanding in terms of how it's supposed to look. I think he feels more comfortable here. There's not a newness in terms of this is not my first time doing this, and what does this look like, where am I supposed to be, how does that work?'
That being said, even if Momah is far and away a better receiver than he was this time last year, there’s plenty of competition at that position. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper certainly aren’t going anywhere, nor are this year's second- and third-round picks Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff. Veterans Brad Smith and Arrelious Benn seemingly hold inside tracks to roster spots as well, and the Eagles carried only five wideouts in 2013.
Momah’s potential is downright frightening, but right now, that’s all it is...potential. Even at BC, he only logged 39 career receptions and six touchdowns over four seasons.
Yet assuming Momah has made strides, he may be worth keeping around in an effort to continue his development. After all, you simply don’t see many 6’7” human beings with 4.4 speed.