According to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly, a league source informed him that the Philadelphia Eagles will bring in former New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey for a physical. Of course, he’s a free agent now and able sign with any team in the league. It sure looks like the Birds are interested in bringing in another tight end with pass catching ability.
I had already learned that the Birds were taking a look at Vicanthe Shiancoe, now the news comes out that Shockey will be making a trip this way as well. The former Miami Hurricane is a four-time Pro Bowler, who has the ability to excel in every area of the game.
I think the interest in Shockey and Shiancoe is due to the inability of backup tight end Clay Harbor to catch the ball consistently during the OTA’s. Harbor has good size and speed, but he was dropping too many balls during the off season workouts.
Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg were running routes for him, but he couldn’t catch the football.
I think the success of the New England Patriots and their use of the two-tight end offense will be seen thoughout the league. The Eagles like other teams are going to make the two-tight end attack part of their offense.