Today our beloved Eagles welcomed in one of the greatest Centers in recent Boston College history. Don’t pinch yourselves…it is true. Matt Tennant is an Eagle!!!!!!!
Tuesday is the day when teams workout players. I assume the Eagles had Tennant (6-4, 300) in for a workout and then decided to add him. Steve Vallos was cut. Tennant was a 5th round pick by the Saints in 2010. He spent 2 years there and was with NE this season.
Tennant has never started an NFL game. He has played in 28.
I liked Tennant quite a bit coming out of college. I had him rated as the #2 Center that year. To be fair, it was a weak class and I thought he’d go around the 4th. It wasn’t like I expected him to be a great player.
Tennant started 41 games at Boston College. Very good blocker in the zone scheme. Not the most physically gifted player. Smart and technically proficient. Able to get to the 2nd level or pull to the outside and be effective. Got exposed a bit at the Senior Bowl. You could see he wasn’t meant to handle stud DTs 1-on-1, but fared well in the game.
The Eagles brought Tennant in here to compete. Dallas Reynolds will remain the C for now. but Tennant will have a chance to push for the job. Tennant can also play OG so he’s here to push Danny Watkins as well. Tennant lacks starting experience, but could prove to be a better player than Reynolds. I certainly had him rated higher coming out of college.
Greg Bedard, a Pats beat writer, said he felt the Pats had hoped to bring Tennant back. They recently cut him in one of the in-season roster shuffles that injuries can cause you to make. Let’s not overrate Tennant and make him out to be a savior. At this point, he would just need to be better than Dallas Reynolds. Give Tennant this week to learn the offense and see if he’s able to push Reynolds in the next week or two.
Tennant is from Cincinnati. I don’t know how that registers vs going to the Univ of Cincinnati. We have very good luck with the Bearcats (Cole, Kelce, Celek). One can only hope that the WKRP in his DNA will be just what our O-line needed.
Booger. (who gets that reference?)
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