Eagles Bring in Backup QB Aaron Murray
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - After his short layover in the desert, the Eagles have brought in the logical third quarterback by signing Aaron Murray to the practice squad.
Murray, of course, was the third-string signal caller in Kansas City behind Alex Smith and Chase Daniel last season when current Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was Andy Reid’s offensive coordinator.
He recreates a similar scenario in Philadelphia with rookie Carson Wentz taking over the role of Alex Smith with Daniel and Murray next in the depth chart.
After being released by the Chiefs at the final cutdown this year, Murray signed with Arizona’s practice squad before being released on Monday.
A former standout at the University of Georgia, Murray threw 121 touchdowns in four years with the Bulldogs but has yet to attempt a pass in his NFL career.
To make room for the 25-year-old Murray, who was originally a fifth-round pick in 2014, the Eagles released rookie wide receiver Marcus Johnson from the PS.
Philadelphia had also taken a look at a former San Diego quarterback Brad Sorensen, who spent part of the preseason with Minnesota, on Monday before deciding on Murray.
The Eagles also worked out four different receivers on Monday, including former New England second-round pick Aaron Dobson. Also in for a look were DeAndrew White, Da'Ron Brown and Jordan Leslie.
Meanwhile, a couple of former Eagles got tryouts out west as offensive lineman Andrew Gardner was in Seattle for a workout with the OL-needy Seahawks, and receiver Chris Givens was worked out by San Diego, which is reeling after the ACL injury to Keenan Allen.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen