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Philadelphia Eagles 2013 Offseason Acquisitions (Part Four) – Patrick Chung, Safety

July 3rd, 2013 at 10:21 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

As the Philadelphia Eagles free agency signings continued just days after 2013 free agency period began, the Eagles made another addition to the defense with safety Patrick Chung.

'NE Patriots Patrick Chung' photo (c) 2012, Craig Michaud - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Chung, a former second round pick by the New England Patriots in 2009, also played for the Oregon Ducks when Chip Kelly was first hired as the offensive coordinator. While Kelly didn't coach the defense, he would know what Chung is capable of since he watched him for two years.

While at Oregon, Chung recorded 232 solo tackles and 138 assisted tackles. His most productive season was in 2007 where he recorded 70 solo tackles and 43 assisted.

Chung also returned kickoffs and punts for Oregon. He had 542 yards on 23 kickoff return attempts. While returning punts, he had 180 yards on 16 attempts with one return for a touchdown.

Chung played in 50 games with the Patriots and became a starter for them in 2010. His 2011 season was shortened as he suffered a foot injury which forced him to miss six games. Later in the season Chung suffered a knee injury and miss the final few games. Chung had 239 total tackles for the Patriots during his four years there. He also had seven interceptions which he returned for a total of 125 yards and one touchdown. Unlike his college career, Chung wasn't a regular returner for the Patriots as he only had one return which was for a touchdown.

When the Eagles signed Chung at the beginning of the free agency period, he instantly became the teams starting strong safety. Nate Allen is the backup strong safety while Earl Wolff, the fifth round pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, is third on the depth chart. Colt Anderson rounds out the position as the fourth string strong safety.

With a completely revamped secondary, many can't wait to see how the new additions to the team will do compared to the secondary the Eagles had (and got rid of) during the past few seasons. The first sign of how things will be this season will come during the Eagles first preseason game of the year against the New England Patriots on August 11 in Philadelphia.

One thing Eagles fans are going to like about Chung is that he is a strong, tough, and hard-hitting safety. The Eagles have lacked that since Brian Dawkins. If Chung lays down hits like this in every game, especially against the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins, Eagles fans are sure going to love him.

Tags: Chip Kelly, Defense, Football, NFL, Oregon Ducks, Patrick Chung, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, safety, secondary

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