The Vince Papale story ie one of legend and the Eagles may well have found the next candidate looking to follow in his footsteps. After holding rookie minicamp over the weekend, the Eagles plucked wide receiver Tim Wilson from the 23 tryouts in attendance and have now signed him to a contract.
Roster Move: #Eagles have signed WR Tim Wilson and waived CB Jordan Thomas. Wilson participated in the team's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. pic.twitter.com/TNUUb5cMcs
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 14, 2018
The Eagles waived former Oklahoma cornerback, Jordan Thomas to make room for Wilson.
At 5’9, 170 lbs, the East Stroudsburg wide receiver collected 2,042 yards during his time with the school, registering 100+ yards five times out of ten games in 2016. Averaging 15.4 yards per reception and scoring 16 touchdowns during his career, he soared his way up school all-time records to rank 11th in receptions and 13th in yards. What really stands out however, is his value on special teams.
In 2016, he amassed 356 kick return yards and 79 on punt returns. As we referenced last week, there seems to be a void when it comes to long-term success in the return game and with Darren Sproles only back for one year, the Birds would be wise to start developing some young talent.
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The undrafted rookie was first approached by the Eagles at Temple’s pro day, where he registered a 4.42 40-yard dash time. A true small-school sleeper, Wilson will look to earn some special teams snaps during the preseason and push his way onto the final 53-man roster.
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