Next up in our in-depth look at the roster, we move to the tight end position. The trade of Stanley Havili earlier this offseason signaled a de-emphasis on the fullback position. Combined with the signing of James Casey and the second-round draft pick spent on Zach Ertz and it’s clear the head coach Chip Kelly has big plans for the tight end and H-back positions. Six players who fit those spots are currently on the Eagles roster, and it’s likely that the team will carry at least four such players come the regular season. Here’s a closer look …
James Casey – In an offense that sounds like it will be predicated on finding mismatches and getting talented players in space, Casey, 6-3, 240, sure seems like a perfect fit. That’s obviously why the team was so aggressive in courting and signing the former Houston Texan in free agency. For some evidence of where Casey can contribute, consider that he tied for first among all tight ends last season in average yards-after-catch with 6.9, according to Stats Inc. Right behind Casey and Cincinnati’s Jermaine Gresham in third on that list? Brent Celek, who also topped the category in 2011.
Apropos of nothing, prior to his standout collegiate career at Rice, Casey was a minor league pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization after he was drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 MLB Draft out of high school. During his time in the minor leagues, he played alongside 18 eventual major leaguers, including pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Chris Young.
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