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Eagles signing East Stroudsburg WR Tim Wilson to contract

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Eagles signing East Stroudsburg WR Tim Wilson to contract

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The Philadelphia Eagles had 22 players tryout for the team during rookie minicamp, but one player emerged from the shadows to make the 90-man roster. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Eagles will sign East Stroudsburg wide receiver Tim Wilson to a contract, the only known player to advance from the rookie minicamp tryouts to the active roster.

Wilson, who played his high school football at Radnor High School, had 53 catches for 821 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season, averaging 15.5 yards per catch. He finished his college career with 133 catches for 2,042 yards and 16 touchdowns, an average of 15.4 yards per catch. He ranks 11th at East Stroudsburg in career receptions and 13th in yards.

Wilson was a second team selection in the PSAC East in each of his last two seasons for the Warriors, having 58 catches for 910 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. He was seventh in the PSAC in both receptions (5.8 per game) and yards (91.0 per game) as a junior, and ninth in yards (74.6 per game) and 11th in receptions (4.8 catches per game) as a senior.

  He ranks 10th at ESU in career all-purpose yards (3,105), with 909 kick return yards for a 21.6-yard average and 162 punt return yards for a 6.5-yard average, along with his 2,042 career receiving yards.

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At 5-9, 170, the Eagles had to like what Wilson demonstrated as potential slot receiver or return man, possibly a special teams contributor. Wilson's best shot at making the roster may be on special teams, trying to emulate what Eagles legend Vince Papale did in 1976. Papale was a special teams standout for the Eagles from 1976 through 1978 after making the Eagles despite not playing college football (Papale ran track at St. Joesph's University, which did not have a football team).


Interestingly enough, Papale played in 41 of 44 regular season games in his three seasons, despite entering the NFL at the age of 30. He recovered two fumbles in his career and was the special teams captain of the Eagles and the team's "Man of the Year" in 1978.

Will Wilson follow the same path as Papale? The odds are stacked against him like they were Papale, but the East Stroudsburg wide receiver does have age (he's 24) and football experience as a factor. The Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champions and don't have a putrid roster with a rookie head coach like they did when then-Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil chose Papale in 1976.

The Eagles did give a rookie tryout a shot last season in Oklahoma State offensive tackle Victor Salako, who didn't make the 53-man roster but wa son thr practice squad. Salako is now on the Cleveland Browns active roster, fighting for a 53-man spot in year two.

If Wilson does happen to showcase something in minicamp, he has a fighter's chance at going into training camp with an opportunity to make the 53-man roster. Philadelphia loves an underdog story (see Rocky, 2017 Eagles) and they'll get one this spring with Wilson, who wore No. 13 with the Eagles during rookie minicamp.


No. 13 belongs to Nelson Agholor, but Eagles fans certainly will be checking in on Wilson this offseason.

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