After waiving Connor Wujciak earlier this week due to injury, the Eagles have filled out their 90-man roster once again, this time by signing Wide receiver Deon Long.
The 6’0, 192 pound wideout went undrafted last year before spending time with the Titans, Dolphins and most recently the L.A Rams. A former teammate of Stefon Diggs at the University of Maryland, Long recorded 2 TD’s and 575 yards on 51 receptions in his final year.
A receiver who fits the “new mould” so to speak, Long attended five schools between High School and the start of his NFL career. Long started all 13 games in 2014 after coming off of a lower right leg fracture, which saw him play just five games the year before.
A man who specializes in kick returns, Long stunned at his Pro-Day, attracting the attention of numerous NFL head Coaches and personnel. A 4.50 40-yard dash time helped turn heads..but now he has even more to prove in a vicious WR competition in Philadelphia.
With several UDFA’s already standing out, Long will have his work cut out for him heading into pre-season, but he is a very interesting prospect that could well cause a few surprises.
There’s a fantastic article on CBSsports that documents his career and what makes Long such an intriguing player both and on off the field. and it’s well worth a read. As for Long, he’ll be battling it out for a spot on the Eagles 53-man roster or more likely, the practice squad.
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