The Philadelphia Eagles front office has been buzzing with rookie signings and added position depth to the roster early in this week.
Today they have announced the signing of rookie DE/LB Ricky Sapp to a four year deal.
Sapp is a prototypical sized SAM linebacker at 6'4", 252 lbs but he also displays a unique quickness about him with his hands in the ground as a defensive end.
He will serve as a great change of pace type defender at either position for the Eagles in 2010 and beyond.
They have also added Upper Darby native LB Simoni Lawrence to the roster as well.
Lawrence was a signed by the St. Louis Rams after this years draft, but was released on May 25.
When asked about his feelings on staying in Philly, Lawrence said:
"To stay in Philadelphia, this is a dream come true. I'm so happy to be out here," he said. "I wanted to come home. I wanted to stay home. I love my mom, I love my family and I'm happy to just stay home with everybody ."
The other five rookie players signed are: cornerback Trevard Lindley (Kentucky), running back Charles Scott (LSU), linebacker Jamar Chaney (Mississippi State), defensive tackle Jeff Owens (Georgia) and safety Kurt Coleman (Ohio State).
That leaves the top three draft picks still unsigned but I have full confidence the Eagles will get them signed before the start of camp which is just a couple of weeks away.
Other News at the NovaCare Complex:
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin missed practice today with what appears to be a tight hamstring. With Maclin out, veteran wide receiver Hank Baskett dazzled everyone with numerous remarkable catches.
Both WR DeSean Jackson and CB Asante Samuel both missed practice on Monday. Neither absence is concerning contracts, and QB Kevin Kolb does not believe Jacksons' absence will affect their chemistry.
With the absence of both the Eagles projected starting CBs (Samuel, Hobbs), during nickel formations, Dimitri Patterson played left CB position, Macho Harris manned the right side, and Joselio Hanson was the teams nickel man.
Also during nickel formations, both DE Darryl Tapp and rookie Daniel Teo-Nesheim where used as inside pass rushers with the first team.
During a set of seven on seven drills, Baskett realed in a beautiful diving catch in the end zone—the QB for that play was Michael Vick. Later, he reeled in a sliding catch right near the sidelines thrown by QB Kevin Kolb.
Longshot WR Chad Hall continues to open eyes in these OTAs, demanding attention from both defenders he is matched up against and the coaching staff of the Eagles.
On a Michael Vick pass, Hall, who is all but 5'8", made a leaping catch in the corner of the endzone—that's two TD passes by Vick for anyone who is keeping track!
That about sums it up so far this week. There will be much more as the teams OTAs comes to a conclusion so be sure to check back for all the latest!
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