The Eagles have signed more wide receivers than I’ve had cups of Tea. Seriously. Just one day after adding Keric Wheatfall to the team, the Birds have claimed Josh Hammond off waivers.
This move not only completes the depth chart, but gives the Eagles 12 wide receivers going into OTA’s and beyond.
Greg Ward Jr.
WHY DO THEY NEED SO MANY?
Only time will tell. The Eagles typically carry 5-6 wideouts on their roster, so this at least gives them a one-on-one matchup for each spot on the depth chart.
As for Hammond himself, he was recently waived by the Jaguars (Hey, Doug!). He signed with Jacksonville in 2020 as a UDFA and spent the majority of the last two years on the practice squad, playing in two games last year and 13 offensive snaps in total.
He stands at 6’0, 194 lbs and played his collegiate ball at Florida. Of course, the 2020 offseason was a total mess, but he did run an unofficial 40-yard time of 4.53-seconds, before clocking a three-cone time of 6.96 seconds, a broad jump of 121.5 inches, and a vertical reach of 36.5.
He totaled 1,138 yards for the Gators, amassing over 350+ in each of his last two seasons, while all six touchdowns came in that span.
Demetrius Harvey from Big Cat country interviewed the young wideout upon his arrival to Jacksonville and cited that according to PFF, he dropped only 4 of 127 targets throughout his career, which is pretty damn good.
It’s unclear what kind of role the Eagles see for Hammond and there don’t appear to be any immediate ties to the roster other than perhaps Dave Caldwell, who joined the Eagles in 2021 and would’ve been an exec when signing Hammond as an undrafted free agent in 2020.
It’s going to be a very pass-heavy summer, that’s for sure.
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