Eagles sign offensive tackle Ed Wang

Eagles sign offensive tackle Ed Wang
February 15, 2013, 4:30 pm
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The Eagles on Friday signed offensive tackle Ed Wang, the first Chinese-American ever drafted by an NFL team.

Wang (6-5, 315 pounds) played six games in 2010 for the Bills, who drafted him in the fifth round out of Virginia Tech. He hasn’t played in an NFL game since, although he spent some time last season with the Raiders.

Wang, 25, will compete for a roster spot this spring and summer. The Eagles have a stable of tackles behind projected starters Jason Peters and Todd Herremans, including Dennis Kelly, Nate Menkin, Allen Barbre, Matt Reynolds and Matt Kopa. Veteran tackle King Dunlap, who just finished his fifth season, had his contract expire and isn’t expected to return.

Wang has experience in a spread offense, which new head coach Chip Kelly ran at Oregon and is expected to employ in some variation with the Eagles.

“It’s exciting because [Kelly] had such a great career in college,” Wang said in an interview with the Eagles’ web site. “I’m sure he’s going to bring a winning attitude over here and just carry on the tradition.”

Before signing, Wang worked out for wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell, who was an assistant on Chan Gailey’s staff in Buffalo when Wang played there. Wang figures that Kelly’s offense will have some of the same components of the spread attack that Gailey ran in upstate New York.

“The system he’s going to run is going to help and make the transition a little easier,” Wang said.

Wang played six games for Buffalo as a rookie reserve before going on Injured Reserve before the start of the 2011 season. He signed with Oakland in 2012 but failed to make the team.

A native of Ashburn, Va., where the Redskins have their practice facility, Wang played collegiately at Virginia Tech, alma mater of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. He earned four letters with the Hokies and made second team All-ACC after moving to the offensive line from tight end as a sophomore.

His parents, Robert and Nancy, met each other when they competed for the Chinese Olympic team during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. They later immigrated to the U.S.

As a kid, Wang’s goal was to become the first player of Chinese descent to be drafted by an NFL team.

“It means a lot to be able to accomplish that,” he said.

And now?

“Just trying to fulfill what I’m supposed to do here,” he said.