Eagles Sign Texans TE/FB James Casey To 3-Year DealBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Tight Ends Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
The first move the Eagles made in free agency today was to get a versatile lead blocker for LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown. They signed Houston Texans free agent fullback/tight end James Casey to a three-year deal.
He’s 28 years old and a tweener at 6’3″ and 240 pounds. That’s not big for a tight end or fullback, but he’s versatile and a decent receiver out of the backfield. This past season, he caught 34 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns.
That versatility angle is a major part of Chip Kelly’s offensive system. He likes to have the offense come to the line of scrimmage, then he has them look to him on the sideline and he signals the play. A guy like Casey who could line up in the backfield as a fullback, or at the tight end position, or at the H-back position, in the slot, or further outside at a wide receiver spot, would be a valuable chess piece.
Casey will be matched up with linebackers and safeties for the most part. He’ll have to block defensive linemen, linebackers and blitzing safeties as a pass blocker. He will need to beat linebackers as a receiver with his pass routes and he will need to block them when he’s leading McCoy and Brown into the hole on running plays.
The fact that he played in a zone-run-blocking schemed offense didn’t hurt his appeal to Kelly, who believes in the zone blocking concepts.
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