Philadelphia Eagles: Taking a Look at the New Non-Rookie Additions

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2010

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When people talk about new players on the Eagles roster, they tend to focus mostly on the rookies. The rookies have been impressive, but let’s take a look at some of the other new additions to the roster that aren’t on the rookie level.

J.J. Arrington
I was surprised when the Eagles made a move for Arrington. They already had a solid competition for the third running back position and decided to throw him into the mix. The other guys in the competition are young, so it’s nice to add a veteran in there.

Arrington is dealing with some injuries right now and that isn’t helping his case very much. We’ve also seen some good running by Eldra Buckley and Martell Mallett. A roster spot for Arrington definitely isn’t a lock, but I wouldn’t say he’s completely out of it yet.

Hank Baskett
Baskett came back for a second stint in Philadelphia after a spending a short amount of time in Indianapolis. He’s in a fierce battle for the fourth wide receiver spot with Riley Cooper right now. The young rookie is turning heads and Baskett needs to step his game up if he wants to make the team.

With Baskett, you know what you’re getting. He’s a third/fourth type wide receiver that is solid on special teams. His special teams play may be what sets him apart from Cooper if the coaches are having a tough time deciding between the two.

Nate Lawrie
Lawrie is a new addition to the team and was brought on in replacement of Martin Rucker. He wasn’t exactly a need for the Eagles, just kind of a guy they brought in for numbers. Brent Celek is obviously your starter, and there is a heated battle for the backup spot between Cornelius Ingram and Clay Harbor.

It’s a tossup right now between Ingram and Harbor so the loser there is going to be a close third. I don’t think it’s very likely that Lawrie can overcome these other guys.

Ernie Sims
I’m still not sure how we were able to get our hands on Sims for so little. I know he was injured last season, but he looks great so far this year. He flies around all over the field and has some serious pop when he hits.

Sims should be a big help to a unit that struggled last season. If he stays healthy, I see him getting back to the 100+ tackle mark that he was able to achieve his first three seasons in the league.

Darryl Tapp
This is another guy the Eagles picked up without giving up a whole lot. However, we aren’t exactly sure what Tapp is capable of doing. He’s never been a big numbers guy and is flying under the radar so far.

I was hoping that Tapp would be able to come in and be a contributor to the defensive end rotation. Right now, he is battling for a spot with all the younger guys and still has a lot to prove. If he wants to contribute on this defense, he is going to need to step his game up.

Kelley Washington
Adding Washington to the team just intensified the depth the Eagles already had at the wide receiver position. He is a veteran guy that’s a good receiver and also plays well on special teams.

Despite all his experience, Washington is fighting an uphill battle to make this team. It’s still unknown how many receivers the Eagles will carry this season so it’s hard to determine exactly what Washington’s odds are. However, there are a lot of guys listed in front of him right now so he’s going to need to do some things to make himself stand out.