Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Under the Radar Players Who Will Shine at Training Camp
With training camp scheduled to already be under way, there are a lot of new names on the Philadelphia Eagles roster that many people have never heard of before.
Training camp and preseason is the one shot that players have to prove to the team, and themselves, what they are really made of. Their career rides on how they play during the next month, because the contract is all on the line.
The Eagles had a huge draft by taking 11 players off the board. They also signed 11 more undrafted free agents, totaling 22 new players on the team.
There is surely a lot of talent within the Eagles in the big names like Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson just to name a few. But there is also a lot of talent in the names you aren't familiar with.
Here are the five under the radar players on the Philadelphia Eagles.
5. Terrance Turner
Terrance Turner is an undrafted free agent out of Indiana University. He is one of the 11 recently signed, and is looking to turn some heads at training camp.
He closed out his Hoosiers career with 143 catches for 1,436 yards and four touchdowns in 41 games. He missed most of his freshman year with an ACL tear, but bounced back the next season.
Turner has great blocking skills and has the ability to get yards after the catch.
He in currently fighting for a spot on an already impressive receiving corps that consists of DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Riley Cooper.
If he can play like he did in IU, the Eagles will gladly sign this guy. Keep a look out during preseason.
4. Phillip Hunt
Regardless of what anyone will say about this, this guy can be something in the NFL.
Defense end Phillip Hunt played in the CFL for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last season and topped the CFL with 16 sacks—four more than the next highest player.
He was signed to a three-year contract, and will expect to fight for playing time. Hunt is not a random pick; he is actually quite acquainted with the team already. He was a teammate of backup QB Kevin Kolb at the University of Houston, where he was watched by Andy Reid.
Hunt will need to fight hard for a starting spot, because despite his age, 32-year-old Juqua Parker will probably make the team again next season, along with Darryl Tapp, last year's first-round pick Brandon Graham, and possibly Ray Edwards if he is signed.
Training camp will be huge for Hunt to prove he can replicate his CFL performances in the NFL.
3. Kurt Coleman
Many fans are probably familiar with this guy already, and that's a great thing.
Last preseason, Coleman stood out and was a favorite of former defensive coordinater Sean McDermott. He made the team, and deserved it. Against the Jets in the last preseason game, Coleman recorded two touchdowns; one was a 64-yard fumble return, and the other was another fumble-recovery returned for an eight-yard touchdown.
As the season progressed, Coleman did the best with his opportunity and became a well-known name on the roster.
He spent time filling in for the injured Stewart Bradley, and racked up 20 tackles in his last three games. Even though his playing time was limited, he proved enough to me that he is worthy of staying an Eagle.
Many teams may not have felt the wrath of Coleman, but they certainly will in the future. I give this guy another year perhaps until he is a starter and a Pro Bowl nominee.
2. Noel Devine
Being named the "Human Highlight Reel" is a pretty good thing if you ask me.
This undrafted free agent out of West Virginia is worthy of his nickname. Noel rushed for over 4,000 yards and 29 touchdowns as a Mountaineer. 2009 was his most notable season, rushing for 1,465 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The reason many teams passed on him is because he is only 5'8'' and 180 pounds. His 4.35 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine did alert many teams, but he still managed to go undrafted in April.
The Eagles have a very keen eye for talent, watch out NFL.
1. Dion Lewis
I don't even know where to start on this guy. He is probably the most underrated player in the draft.
Dion Lewis was a sophomore out of Pitt taken by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round. During his two years as a Pitt Panther, Lewis put up nearly 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns.
My friend currently attends the University of Pittsburgh and had the privilege to watch this guy play in person. He told me that if Lewis would've waited until he was a senior, he easily could've been a top-five pick in the draft. This means the Eagles got a huge steal—in the fifth round nonetheless.
Lewis is the definition of quick.
He isn't the tallest guy you'll see by far, standing at 5'7'', but that and his speed can be used to his advantage. He is quick on his feet and can break a defender's ankles with one juke. Think I'm making this up? Just watch any video of him and you'll understand.
Dion will have a huge impact on the Eagles running game, and will play along his close friend LeSean McCoy, who also attended Pitt. McCoy has been already an outstanding player in only his second year, and adding Lewis will make the Eagles have one of the deadliest one-two punch duos in the league.
As long as Dion can stay healthy, you can bet you will be hearing his name pretty often in the future.