Thursday, January 29, 2009

Some Signings

The Eagles have signed a couple of CFL players.

CB Byron Parker was a big time playmaker in the great white north. He picked off 18 passes over the last 3 years. He's dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands. 6 of those picks were run back for scores. He lists at 5'11, 193. Parker is a good athlete. He played basketball and football at Tulane. He actually won the dunk contest at the Final Four while in school.

He isn't guaranteed anything in Philly, but he is the kind of CB we've been going for recently. Jim Johnson seems to have decided that ball skills are critical. Parker could come in and challenge for the #4 CB spot. We have our starters. Hanson needs to be re-signed as the Nickel. That leaves Jack Ikegwounu and Trae Williams battling for #4. Jack has the most talent, but is coming off a bad ACL injury. There's no guarantee he'll be a good player in the future. I like the signing of Parker. Good competition for the guys.

CFL stats:

DE Charleston Hughes
led the CFL with 12 TFLs, but he will be a SAM candidate down here. He's 6'1, 245. Collegiately he played at D2 Northwood. He led the nation in solo tackles as a Senior and was an All American. We could use a backup SAM. Tank Daniels is better in space. He's more of a WLB. Hopefully Hughes can handle the move. I'm sensing the next Greg Richmond. Somebody call Canton and make a reservation.

Here's a Michigan paper's article on his signing.

We've added some other guys recently. DT Amon Gordon is an interesting addition. He's already 27 years old and has been around the league since 2004. He's played for the Titans, Ravens, Broncos, and Browns. Goes 6'2, 305. I like adding a veteran DT to the mix, although I don't think of him as anything more than a camp body at this point.

WR Danny Amendola
was on the Cowboys practice squad last year. He's a PR and slot receiver. Lacks size and speed, but he is quick, has good hands, and knows how to get open. He could develop into a #3 or #4 WR with time. The Eagles wanted him on the practice squad this year, but he showed loyalty to the Cowboys and stayed there since they had signed him as a UDFA. At the end of the season he decided to get the hell out of Dodge and come to a real organization. Smart kid.


T_S_O_P said...
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T_S_O_P said...

The 2 CFL players are certainly athletes, without much college exp, Hughes due to level and Parker due to to length of college career (1 year). Charlston's pro day numbers are off the hook, he certainly looks to be athletically gifted to play WILL

Dates: 03/16/07 @ Michigan Pro Day
Height: 6001
Weight: 230
40 Yrd Dash: 4.54
20 Yrd Dash: 2.66
10 Yrd Dash: 1.58
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 25
Vertical Jump: 34
Broad Jump: 10'0"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.43
3-Cone Drill: 6.93

Tommy Lawlor said...

Good info. He's shorter than I'd hoped, but more athletic.

I still hope they try him first at SAM. I'd like a quality backup there.

He does have the athletic ability to possibly play WLB.