Emil Igwenagu was a surprise inclusion on the Philadelphia Eagles roster. He made the roster over presumed favorite Clay Harbor, who has figured into the Eagles plans for the past three seasons.
Versatility is a word that Chip Kelly has preached and preached throughout his time as Eagles head coach. Igwenagu fits that bill to a tee. He can play tight end, block inline and even play some fullback in goal-line packages if needed.
Harbor is an average blocker, but can’t be relied on in that area the same way “Iggy” can. Igwenagu is sort of a jack of all trades who can be used in a variety of areas and Kelly’s thinking may have been that he had enough athletes at the position and wanted a guy who could do a bit of everything.
The 53-man roster has not been short of surprises with undrafted names like Matt Tobin, Damion Square, Jake Knott and Jeff Maehl making the roster. Eagles fans were also surprised to see the team keep six corners included in that list in Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes both who seemed to be on the outs.
None of these names were on the tip of many people’s tongues when projecting the Eagles 53-man roster. Regardless, this is who the Eagles feel give them the best chance to win and the type of players Kelly believes he can win with.
Could this all change in the next 48-72 hours? Sure. Right now, though, these are your Eagles. The situation is fluid, but this was certainly a day of surprises for the Eagles.