By Ryan Wenzell on July 10, 2014
Training Camp is just around the corner for the Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly and company will begin to put final touches on their depth chart and 53-man roster for the upcoming season. There are bound to be a few surprises as there are every year. Let's take a look at five dark horse candidates to make the Philadelphia Eagles roster.
BJ Cunningham flashed in training camp last season as a reliable slot weapon with great hands and the ability to separate with some crafty route running ability. Can he take the next step this season in Chip Kelly's offense? If he does, he will make a major push for one of the final wide receiver slots.
Henry Josey was an electric running back in college playing for the Missouri Tigers. He is exactly the type of athlete Chip Kelly loves. Athletic, shifty and quick to the hole. Josey went undrafted purely because of injury concerns as his production and athletic talents are very intriguing. If Josey can stay healthy and prove to be a fit in this offense, he has a real shot at catching on as the fourth tailback.
Ifeanyi Momah is a massive wide receiver. He stands at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds. That size certainly has the attention of Chip Kelly. The problem is Momah is extremely raw. He had trouble separating last summer and was eventually cut. He is back this year and looks to have improved his route running and separation ability. If he can play up to his mammoth size, the Eagles may have found a real gem at the receiver position.
Trey Burton was a jack of all trades in college and that's exactly what Coach Kelly wants him to be with the Eagles. Burton is capable of flanking out wide, blocking in line and even carrying the ball at times. He has athletic gifts for the position. If Burton wows in training camp, he has a real shot at unseating veteran James Casey to be the third tight end on the roster.
You can't help but root for Alejandro Villanueva. He is an ex-Army lieutenant who risked his life for our country. He also happens to be a heck of a football player. Villanueva has a massive frame at 6-foot-9, 280 pounds and combines that with rare athletic ability for his size. Keep an eye out for this kid, he could crack the 53-man roster and be a major contributor down the line.
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