The Nate Menkin era comes to a close in Philly. The Eagles traded the backup OL to the Texans for WR Jeff Maehl.
While Maehl isn’t a household name, he is a great fit. He played for Chip Kelly at Oregon and was 178-2311-24 in his Ducks career. Maehl knows the Kelly offense and he’s got a bit of an NFL background so he can step in and help right away.
The Eagles need for WRs is odd. They probably have the 5 guys on the roster that they’ll keep for the season, but there is no question that the team needs depth to get through practices and preseason games. I think Kelly hesitated to bring in a player off the streets for the simple reason that the player would have so much to learn that he might not be much help right away. Kelly’s offense isn’t “normal”. The Eagles were lucky to add Maehl, since he knows Kelly and has a feel for what’s going on.
Maehl is 6-1, 185. He’s nothing special athletically or in terms of football skills. He as a solid, productive 4-year player at Oregon. Maehl was a UDFA, but was good enough to make the Texans roster in 2011. He’s a longshot to make the Eagles roster now, but can help quite a bit by just eating up summer reps.
Menkin isn’t the same guy as he was last summer. Playing for the Texans brought out the best in him. Hopefully he’ll go down there and get back into last summer’s form.
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I’ll put up a longer post later this evening.