Eagles deep receiving corps combine youth, talent and 'veteran savvy' - Metro US

Eagles deep receiving corps combine youth, talent and ‘veteran savvy’

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For all their controversial moves this offseason (like losing LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin), the Eagles sure have a lot of weapons on offense.

Second-year receiver Josh Huff couldn’t help but smile when he broke it all down.

“All the play-makers we have on offense, you can’t just focus in on one guy,” Huff said.”I think DeMarco[Murray]is going to really benefit from that, Ryan Matthews as well. We have some of the best trainers and recovery people here.”

The Eagles are surprisingly healthy on both sides of the ball, for the moment at least, after signing a slew of players with a history of injury.

Pair those players playing to their potential with the ones who have stayed relatively healthy and you have the Eagles dynamic backfield and receivers.

The offseason produced an unlikely reunion, getting Murray and new Eagle Miles Austin, back on the same practice field since their days as Dallas Cowboys.

“He’s a great fiend of mine on and off the field,” Austin said of Murray.”I played four years with him in Dallas. Him, [Jason]Witten and [Tony]Romo were the groomsmen in my wedding. … To have one of my good friends from Dallas here is nice.”

Austin may wind up fourth on the depth chart at receiver, but his experience and talent are invaluable to the Birds’ youthful crop of receivers.

“Miles, he brings leadership and veteran savvy to the receiving corps,” Huff said.”It’s things he does really well that stick out to the young guys. We try and mimic that and do our best imitation. We feed off one another.”

When talent and depth collide, good things can happen.

“We have Jordan Matthews, one of the better young receivers in the league, and guys like myself and Nelson [Agholor] who bring a lot to the table and who can do a lot,” Huff said. “And we have Riley Cooper who had an exceptional year the year before last.”

Austin is particularly impressed with second-year receiver Matthews (67 catches, 872 yards, 8 TD in 2014) and rookie Agholor, who has been stellar in OTAs thus far.

“He’s an unbelievablyworker in the weight room and on the field,” Austin said of Matthews.

And Agholor?

“He’s just beginning his career,” Austin said of the USC product, “All thoseguys, some free agent guys, are beginning their careers. There is a spectrum of all different guys here… I am trying to help everybody, trying to make the team better and fit in in any role I am given.”

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