Philadelphia Eagles QB GJ Kinne Working With Special Teams at Practice

By Matt Lombardo
Howard Smith – USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that versatility was a prerequisite necessary to be invited to Chip Kelly‘s first training camp of the Philadelphia Eagles, and that has never been more obvious than it was Monday.

Earlier this spring, tight end Clay Harbor took reps on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker, and beginning on Sunday he was working with the wide receivers; that continued Monday at the Novacare Complex. Given the Birds’ rash of injuries at the position, that isn’t too surprising.

However, everything about quarterback G.J. Kinne‘s role in Monday’s practice was interesting to watch.

Kinne, who has virtually no chance of making this team as a quarterback, was used all over the field on special teams on Monday.

The Tulsa product spent a majority of the day working on special teams. Kinne shagged punts, lined up on the line during a punt block drill and was even on the kicking team at one point.

After only throwing two passes in Friday night’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots, Kinne said that he wasn’t surprised to see the coaches put him out there at a few different spots, especially given the fact that he did some returning in high school.

“It was kind of a mutual thing — who asked who about working with special teams,” Kinne explained after Monday’s practice. “They needed some help with some receivers down. It started with them saying they needed some bodies there. I thought I did pretty well, and it turned into special teams opportunities.”

For what it’s worth, Kinne caught both of the punts that were kicked to him.

With the road to a roster spot at the quarterback position for Kinne blocked by the likes of Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley and Dennis Dixon, the Tulsa product’s versatility may be his best asset if he hopes to make this team, which remains a long-shot.

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