The Eagles had a pretty solid NFL draft but the work doesn’t stop there. The team is now focused on adding some undrafted free agents to their arsenal and some of these players could be huge steals. We’ve seen before just how valuable a UDFA could be for this franchise in the likes of Super Bowl standout Corey Clement and even T.J Edwards. Let’s not forget that Trey Burton was once undrafted too! Here’s the list of players that have signed with the team.
Florida WR Trevon Grimes:
At 6’4”, Trevon Grimes could end up being the big-bodied receiver that the Eagles once hoped JJAW would be. He has great length and an even greater catch radius. He finished the 2020 season with 38 receptions for 589 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns.
Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman:
The QB factory lives on! The Eagles added some much-needed depth to their QB room by signing Jamie Newman as a UDFA. Newman could be a steal as the franchise looks to find a less expensive route for the backup QB role. Newman has a big upside as he’s a raw talent with great physical traits. He needs help with his ball placement but the necessary intangibles are there.
Texas A&M WR Jhamon Ausbon:
Solid possession receiver who knows how to go up and get the ball in contested situations. Will work outside of his already big frame and hardly ever drops a pass. Not a good athlete though and will struggle to get separation. He needs to learn how to round his routes out to counter his lack of speed.
Nebraska TE Jack Stoll:
Stoll had a pretty good, productive 2019 but fell way off in 2020 and I’m not sure what he offers as a transferable trait at the next level.
Indiana C Harry Crider:
Comes from the University of Indiana who have had a good track record of late with offensive linemen making the jump. Crider is a versatile IOL who can play both guards and center (main position). He played 935 snaps at C, 874 at LG, and 9 at RG, while doing so as a team captain. He lacks length but is a great pass protector in the middle for the most part. Stoutland will have fun with him as a project behind Kecle/Dickerson.
Buffalo OT Kayode Awosika:
Fantastic run blocking OT who was a captain for the Buffalo Bulls twice. His presence was one of the main reasons Jaret Patterson had multiple 1000+ rushing yard seasons and also helped Kevin Marks to a 1000+ rushing yard year in 2019 and averaging 100 yards per game in 2020. He started out as an RT and played there for two years before making the move to LT and it didn’t hurt him one bit. He’s a powerful run-blocker who lacks some technique when it comes to countering pass-rushing moves and identifying twists & stunts. Another exciting project for Stoutland.
Iowa state DE Jaquan Bailey:
First-team All-Big 12 player who set the school records for both tackles for loss and sacks over his career. A little undersized and it seems he’ll fit better as a OLB at the next level. He does well to bend around tackles and attack the QB but lacks the required speed to stop athletic OTs from pushing him around the pocket. He needs to develop using his hands as weapons but he’s a great tackler and bats down quite a few passes too. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in camp.
DB Nate Meadors
The Eagles also added a new defensive back to the roster, signing former Vikings Safety Nate Meadors. At just 24-years-old, Meadors is entering his third season after going undrafted in 2019. He was able to cling on to the back-end of the Vikes’ roster and tally two tackles as a rookie.
After that, he spent most of the following offseason at Safety before being waived and closing out the year with Jacksonville.
It’s a depth signing but a key one. Meadors is a versatile player who has played at both corner and Safety and could well join the race for CB2 if all goes well.
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