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Philadelphia Eagles Trade for Wide Receiver Jeff Maehl

August 12th, 2013 at 8:55 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired wide receiver Jeff Maehl from the Houston Texans in a trade earlier today. The Eagles are sending offensive lineman Nate Menkin to the Texans in return.

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Maehl is joining fellow Oregon Ducks quarterback Dennis Dixon, safety Patrick Chung, linebacker Casey Matthews, defensive end Isaac Remington, wide receiver Will Murphy and head coach Chip Kelly. The 24-year-old played under Kelly and signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2011. 

Maehl spent all but three games since 2011 on the Texans practice squad. He has yet to have his first reception in the NFL. With the injured Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn out for the season, Maehl is now the tenth receiver on the roster. 

In his collegiate career, Maehl totaled 178 receptions for 2,311 yards and 24 touchdowns. His 2010 season was his best one as he brought in 77 receptions for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 2010 performance earned him the honor of being named to the All-Pac 10 first-team. Maehl's 24 touchdowns also tied the school record.

With Maehl coming to the Eagles and him being one of Kelly's favorite wide receivers at Oregon, things just got really interesting in the competition for the remaining roster spots at the position, especially if Maehl is quick to learn the playbook. It wouldn't be surprising if Kelly has Dixon work with Maehl in order to bring him up to speed.

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Tags: Casey Matthews, Chip Kelly, Dennis Dixon, Football, Houston Texans, Isaac Remington, Jeff Maehl, NFL, Oregon Ducks, Patrick Chung, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, wide receiver, Will Murphy

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