The Eagles are taking chances with players with trouble in their past, the latest of which is former Titans wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who comes to Philadelphia following a trade that sent lineman Dennis Kelly to Tennessee.
With players like Jalen Mills and Wendell Smallwood also looking to shake off shackled of troubled pasts — among others — the Eagles are bringing in Weapon X to help keep them on the straight and narrow.
In a news conference Tuesday, Eagles president of football operations Howie Roseman announced that Brian Dawkins, the former Eagles star safety and fan favorite, will join the team full time as a "football operations executive."
"We have hired Brian Dawkins full time to help at this time," Roseman said of Dawkins, who was a scout for the Eagles earlier in training camp. "His week here, we saw the contributions her can bring to the football team and we feel like we will get a structure in place and help these guys to succeed."
Dawkins previously worked as a commentator for ESPN football studio shows and before that, obviously, had a Hall of Fame career leading the Eagles' defense during the team's most recent era of success in the early 2000s.
Green-Beckham's second chance after falling on the depth chart in Tennessee amid off-field troubles and locker room issues could bail out a desperate Eagles offense looking for sparks. Roseman believes that players like one-time Eagle Michael Vick can put their troubles in the rearview and succeed in the right environment.
"It's an organizational decision here and it's on all of us to rally around these guys and give them a support system," Roseman said.