Eagles sign world-class sprinter, finalize practice squad

Eagles sign world-class sprinter, finalize practice squad
September 1, 2014, 10:45 am
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Teddy Williams' (left) only NFL catch came last season with the Arizona Cardinals and went for 51 yards. (USA Today Images)


QB G.J. Kinne
RB Matthew Tucker
WR Quron Pratt
WR Will Murphy
WR/CB Teddy Williams
OL Josh Andrews
OL Kevin Graf
NT Wade Keliikipi
LB Emmanuel Acho
S Ed Reynolds

The Eagles finalized their practice squad Monday, bringing back quarterback G.J. Kinne and agreeing to terms with free-agent wide receiver/cornerback Teddy Williams, according to league sources.

They've now signed 10 players, the new practice squad capacity.

Kinne spent all of last year on the team’s practice squad and played well in camp, but the former Tulsa star couldn’t beat out Matt Barkley for the third quarterback job.

Williams has already spent time with the Cowboys, Colts and Cardinals since coming into the league in 2010 as a rookie free agent signed by Dallas despite having no college football experience.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound prospect has world-class speed to go along with good size and the versatility to on play both sides of scrimmage. Dallas signed the former record-setting University of Texas-San Antonio track star after Williams clocked a 4.26 in the 40-yard dash.

The Eagles were so intent on signing Williams that they paid him double the usual price for a practice squad player, according to a league source.

Williams, who also spent time in the United Football League as a kick returner and cornerback, was recently released by the Cardinals. Arizona had initially signed him to play wide receiver but moved him to defensive back this offseason.

Williams caught a 51-yard pass for the Cardinals last year but then tore his Achilles and missed the rest of the season. He has also played corner for the Cowboys and Colts before signing with the Cards.

Williams’ combination of size and speed is impressive. He made All-America four times as a college sprinter, setting school records in the 55 meters, 60 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters relay. When he clocked a 9.90 in the 100 as a junior, it was the fastest in the world at the time.

The entire practice squad is set, which means 6-foot-7 receiver Ifeanyi Momah once again won’t be developing under the tutelage of Chip Kelly and his coaching staff despite making major strides from last training camp.

Here’s the entire squad: Williams, Kinne, running back Matthew Tucker, guard/center Josh Andrews, offensive tackle Kevin Graf, defensive tackle Wade Keliikipi, safety Ed Reynolds, linebacker Emmanuel Acho and wide receivers Will Murphy and Quron Pratt.

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