The Philadelphia Eagles have “officially” signed TE Cornelius Ingram to a four-year contract. I say “officially,” as you may remember reading this Eagles news all over the internet on Tuesday. Ingram is the teams 5th round draft pick.
In addition, the Eagles waived QB Adam DiMichele and RB Walter Mendenhall. They also waived DT Amon Gordon after he suffered a torn Achilles tendon prior to the recent OTA’s. (Leo Pizzini wrote a great article on the implication of these moves here.)
With Ingram under contract, the Eagles have signed six of the eight members of their 2009 draft class. Only Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy remain unsigned.
When asked about the progress of the remaining two picks and Ingram in a recent press conference, Andy Reid said
“I think all three of them, I think because the number of reps they got with the first group, I think they are ahead of where I thought they would be. I really look at the tight end position and the running back position, we ask those guys to do a lot there even though we didn’t work a lot on the run, per say, in team activities. We installed all of it, the run game part of it. We installed it and taught it, and then we asked them to do those things versus bags as opposed to banging each other out here. It looked like they handled both parts of the game, both phases, very well.”
It would appear that all three are on the fast track to see significant time on the field in 2009. They just have to not fall into the rookie trap. Now is the time for them to go over what they have been taught, continue working out and get that playbook in their memory.
Too often you see rookies come in with all the accolades in the world, but without the properly tuned attitude and work ethic. Throw a few hundred thou signing bonus in the mix and things can get really interesting, but only off the field.
Let’s hope Andy and Co. did there homework, as I think all three of these draft picks have the potential physical skills to be pro bowlers.
(Article from www.thephillyeagles.com)