When training camp opened for the 2009 season, Cornelius Ingram stepped onto the field, and from the very start TE Brent Celek knew he needed to perform if he wanted to be the starting tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ingram was making veteran CBs look weak, as they either couldn't cover him or had extreme difficulty bringing him down.
The sky was the limit for Ingram, as he opened eyes wide through the Eagles front office. Could Ingram be the "diamond in the rough" of the 2009 NFL Draft?
It looked that way until Cornelius suffered a torn ACL in training camp, and all the dreams of having two red-zone threat TEs was flushed away in just seconds.
2009 is over, and Ingram is right on schedule with his rehab to attend training camp this summer at Lehigh Valley.
If he can stay healthy, he would give the Eagles two different skill sets.
Ingram became a tight end during his junior year of college in 2005, where he was a standout in the Gators' system, but Ingram was actually a QB when he entered college.
Imagine this scenario: Kevin Kolb is under center, Michael Vick (left) in the slot, with Ingram as the TE. Before the hike Kolb motions Ingram to the left side, then hikes it and pitches it to Vick, who then fakes a run but then tosses it to Ingram, who then passes it to Maclin or Jackson for a TD! (Insert flight song here.)
SHEER MADNESS—but not impossible!
If Cornelius can come back 100 percent healthy, and stay healthy, the Eagles would have arguably the best tandem at TE in the league.
The question is, can the Eagles count on Ingram?