The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback factory line just got a new addition as it was just reported that Howie and co have signed quarterback Khalil Tate from Arizona as an undrafted free agent. Here’s everything you need to know:
Tate is the complete opposite of the quarterback mold reported liked by both Howie and Doug. He’s 6-foot-1, 213 pounds and mainly known for his running ability as a QB. Regarded as one of the fastest QB’s college football has seen, Tate had a standout 2018 season that saw his stat line read like this: 170 completions off 302 attempts for 2,503 yards, 26 touchdowns, and just 8 interceptions. His rushing ability was outstanding too with 153 attempts for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Tate’s 2018 season was a huge story in college football and set him up as one of the most interesting stories heading into the 2019 season. Unfortunately, he didn’t take that next step and ended the year with a touchdown to interception ratio of 14:11 . His rushing production was pretty much nowhere to be seen, only amassing 237 yards and 1 touchdown.
Tate seems to fit the role of what Howie and Doug have wanted from this draft and apparently what they now covet in their QB prospects. The entirety of the Eagles 2020 NFL Draft haul were athletes and Jalen Hurts was drafted in the 2nd round, another athletic QB who has a way of meshing passing ability with his rushing ability as a hybrid passer.
One would think that Tate has been signed by the Eagles to be a developmental hybrid QB or even possibly to change positions, given his natural quickness and rushing ability. If the Eagles can somehow get Tate back to his 2018 form, then they have struck gold with this UDFA signing, it’s a low-risk high reward move that brings even more intrigue into what exactly is going on behind the scenes and in the minds of the Eagles front office.
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