As the Philadelphia Eagles continued their free agent signings during the offseason, they acquired offensive tackle Ed Wang and tight end James Casey.
Ed Wang, Offensive Tackle
Wang signed a two year deal with the Eagles and is listed at second string at left tackle behind starting left tackle Jason Peters. Wang was drafted in the fifth round by the Buffalo Bills during the 2010 draft. However, he only played in six games for the Bills and never started one. Wang was waived by the Bills during the 2011 season.
The Oakland Raiders signed Wang before the 2012 season. Prior to the season starting, Wang injured his shoulder and was subsequently waived in week one of the season.
Elliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com believes that one of the reasons why the Eagles signed Wang is his experience in a spread offense. While having the experience in a spread offense will help him learn head coach Chip Kelly's offense, Wang will need to really prove himself in order to earn a spot on the roster. Even being listed at second on the depth chart, it is unlikely he makes the roster.
James Casey, Tight End/Fullback
James Casey is a fifth round, 152nd overall draft pick by the Houston Texans in 2009. He has played in every game except three during his time there. Casey signed a three-year, $14.5 million deal with the Eagles when the free agency period began.
While with the Texans, Casey was targeted 96 times and caught 66 passes for a total of 752 yards with most of his production coming in 2011 and 2012. He only caught 14 passes for 162 yards in his first two years. In 2011, Casey caught 18 passes for 260 yards. His production almost doubled in 2012 with him bringing in 34 passes for 330 yards. So far his career average is 11.4 yards per catch.
Only four of his 66 catches were for touchdowns. While this statistic is low, it shouldn't be a concern because he isn't the only receiving target on the field. With his production increasing over the years, it is going to be interesting to see what he does with the Eagles. Chip Kelly could create a "two-headed monster" that the New England Patriots had for the past few years. With Casey lining up opposite of Brent Celek, it could make for an interesting offense, especially with the receivers the Eagles have. It would be even more interesting to see how opposing defenses handle the Eagles version of a two-headed monster, if it is successful, and how their receivers react.
Another good thing about Casey is that he can play fullback as well. Currently, he is listed as the first string for fullback on the depth chart. He is expected to play a key role in the offense Chip Kelly is bringing to the Eagles. Because of Kelly's offensive plans, Casey's numbers should increase even more because he will be getting to play more snaps.
Unfortunately, Casey underwent arthroscopic surgery back in May. The reason for the surgery was to clean loose cartilage out of his right knee. Fortunately, Casey will be ready for training camp which starts in just a few weeks.Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Kyle Shanahan, Matt Bryant, New England Patriots, NFL, Tom Brady