The Eagles have announced the signings of two new players to the 90-man roster. Former third round pick Josh LeRibeus and wide receiver Dom Williams have been signed to futures contracts according to the team.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 11, 2017
LeRibeus spent 2012-2015 with Washington, before sitting in street clothes for the entire 2016 season. In 2013 he showed up to training camp a whopping 30 pounds over weight and spent the season on the inactive list. Despite this speed bump, LeRibeus has played in 28 games, Including 12 starts. In 2015 he would spend 11 of those starts protecting quarterback Kirk Cousins and leading up front as the Washington redskins made their push for the NFC East championship.
Former WSU wide receiver, Dom Williams was signed by the Chargers after going undrafted this year. The 6’2 speedster received for 1,040 yards and 11 touchdowns in his senior year and ended his four-year stint with 2,889 yards and 30 touchdown receptions.
Williams posted a Pro Day 40-yard dash time of 4.39 seconds, which showcases his blistering acceleration. A 40.5 inch vertical and 4.21 second short shuttle time only raise even more eyebrows. During the preseason, he caught 10 passes for 132 yards for the Chargers before being waived ahead of the final cuts.
The downside is….he struggled with drops. According to this extremely in-depth scout report, Williams had a drop rate of nearly 12%. This equated to as many as 20 drops in 4 years..which is the last thing that the Eagles need to hear.
Whether he can be trained up by the new Eagles WR coach (whoever that may be) and compete for a roster spot remains to be seen, but once again the Eagles seem intent on bringing in rapid receivers who can stretch the field. A sign of things to come, perhaps?