Chris Gocong Not in Philadelphia Eagles' Plans

By Matt Lombardo
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Linebacker Chris Gocong was invited to the Philadelphia Eagles rookie camp as a tryout for a second go-round with the team that made him a third-round draft pick in 2006.

“It’s just one of those things with a serious injury, teams want to see where you are,” Gocong told the assembled media Friday at the Novacare Complex. “I don’t dwell on the past too much. I’m just seeing where I’m going from here.”

Over the past two seasons Gocong posted 145 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles since being traded by the Eagles to the Cleveland Browns along with Sheldon Brown in 2010.

Alas, after the team’s three-day session, Gocong was not on the team’s roster as OTAs began Monday at the Novacare Complex.

Gocong, 29, did not make the cut after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered with the Browns last season. Bringing in the former draft pick and starter provided intrigue, given that Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis Jr was Cleveland’s linebackers coach a year ago.

The Eagles announced Monday that the team had signed wide receiver Will Murphy and defensive end Daryell Walker before practice and later inked rookie offensive tackle Nic Purcell and released Matt Reynolds. All three players tried out for the team over the weekend.

Murphy posted eight catches in 19 games for 181 yards and one touchdown for the Ducks.

Murphy and Purcell both played for Chip Kelly at Oregon. Murphy, 6’2″ and 193 pounds was a walk on wide receiver and Purcell played tackle at 6’6″, 295 pounds.

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