WR Momah Continues To Impress At Eagles Camp
There is a fierce competition in training camp between 13 receivers for potentially five to six roster spots with the Philadelphia Eagles. Ifeanyi Momah is doing all he can to prove he deserves one of those coveted roster spots.
Momah differentiates himself from the other receivers on the roster due to his height. He stands 6-foot-7 and is trying to become the first receiver at that height to play for the Eagles since the great Harold Carmichael.
Momah has looked good in practice and has earned a spot with the first team offense through two weeks of training camp.
“Everything is going good so far,” Momah said. “It has all been a learning experience and a lot to grow from. All these reps I’m getting is helping me a lot and making me a better player.”
Momah’s height gives him a definite advantage over smaller defensive backs. The Eagles have thrown him some jump balls in the endzone during practice and Momah has done a nice job bringing some of them in for touchdowns.
“That’s going to happen,” Momah said regarding jump balls in the endzone. “The more we practice it, the more it is going to show up in the game. I got to keep coming out and making plays like that and they will use it in some games.”
Momah is not just a tall target for Nick Foles and the other Eagles quarterbacks. He has displayed great hands and made numerous catches in traffic. He has caught passes over the middle, down the sideline and in the corner of the endzone.
The Eagles are holding joint practices with the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Reports from Tuesday's practice indicated Momah continued his success against the Pats. He made a great move to beat the bump-and-run attempt by the Patriots' Alfonzo Dennard and sprinted downfield to haul in a touchdown pass from Nick Foles. Momah followed that up later in practice by outleaping the Patriots' Brandon Browner for another touchdown.
Momah spent the entire 2013 offseason with the Eagles, but was released from the team in the final round of cuts a year ago. He utilized his time off to work harder and earn the opportunity to make the roster this year.
“It was my size,” Momah stated. “Being able to utilize my size, play big and separate myself that way. Doing everything everyone else can do and separate myself with my talent.”
While the competition for roster spots is fierce, Momah indicated it is not affecting the players in a negative way on or off the field. They have a great relationship and are trying to push each other every day in practice.
“It’s all love,” Momah said of the competition among receivers. “We want each other to get better each time and each day. I can honestly say we are all helping each other, we are all learning and getting better. Nobody is looking at it like, I am not going to help you because I want to make the team. They are all looking at it as let’s all get better and whatever happens, happens.”
Momah and the rest of the Eagles will have preseason games at New England and home against the Pittsburgh Steelers to show the coaching staff what they can do. The first round of cuts will come after the Steelers game when all NFL teams have to go from 90 to 75 players. The final round of cuts will follow the preseason finale against the New York Jets when the roster must be cut down to 53 players.