The Philadelphia Eagles have made it a point this off-season to try and buck the trend of short, brittle wide receivers that have inhabited their receiving corps over the past few seasons.
A few weeks ago, the Eagles acquired WR Arrelious Benn from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via trade in an attempt to build some depth at wide-out. Unfortunately, Benn has done nothing but disappoint over his first three NFL seasons, after he was originally a highly-touted second-round pick in 2010. But at 6′ 2″, Benn fits the qualifications for the Eagles’ need of a vertically-privileged receiver.
Well, the Eagles decided to go far beyond the typical tall-drink-of-water this past week when they brought WR Ifeanyi Momah aboard, who stands at a towering 6′ 7″.
Momah played his college ball at Boston College, but did not see much action until his fourth (redshirt junior) season, and he only played in one game during his final season, in 2011, after he tragically tore his ACL in the season-opener. Impressively, Momah hauled in a career-high 8 catches for 157 yards in the contest before the season-ending injury occurred. Momah would apply for a 6th year of NCAA eligibility in 2012, but he was denied and was forced to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
But after he went undrafted and unsigned last year, the Eagles have decided to take a chance on the former BC Eagle in 2013 as they try desperately to turn a new page with head coach Chip Kelly now at the helm.
It is hard to predict whether Momah will make a legitimate impact in the NFL, considering he caught less than 50 passes throughout his entire collegiate career. But with his sky-scraper height, and that 157-yard final performance still echoing in the ears of the Eagles, he could certainly have plenty of potential.
Momah is currently the tallest wide receiver in the entire NFL, along with New York Giants WR Ramses Barden, who also stands at 6′ 7″.
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