Eagles Reward Wilson with Roster Spot
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Of the 23 tryout players attending the Eagles' rookie camp over the weekend, one was rewarded with a spot on the 90-man offseason roster: Wayne's Tim Wilson.
An undersized receiver and returner out of East Stroudsburg, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Wilson was signed on Monday with former Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas being waived to make room.
Thomas was once regarded as quite the prospect before falling on hard times over his last two seasons at OU.
Wilson, who attended Radnor High School and finished his time at ESU with 133 receptions for 2,042 yards and 16 touchdowns, opened some eyes by flashing impressive 4.42 speed at Temple's Pro Day. He also showed off surprising strength for someone his size with 17 reps on the 225-pound bench press.
Wilson faces long odds to make the final 53-man roster, however. The Eagles added free agents Mike Wallace and Markus Wheaton to a depth chart at WR that already includes Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins.
Others on the offseason roster include 2017 draft pick Shelton Gibson, Bryce Treggs, Marquess Wilson, Greg Ward, Rashard Davis and 6-foot-3 undrafted rookie Anthony Mahoungou, a Purdue product who was born in Paris.
As is normally the case with tryout players being signed Wilson impressed the Eagles' coaching staff, which includes new WR coach Gunter Brewer, with his work ethic, staying after practice on Friday to continue catching the football on the Jugs machine.
“I’m just soaking it all up, learning a lot of new plays, learning the playbook," Wilson told the Delaware County Times after Friday's practice. "I always was a diehard Eagles fan so this is a dream come true. I’m just blessed and humbled about the whole opportunity.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen
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