Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Eagles land Free Agent TE Casey

The Eagles agreed to terms on a three-year deal with James Casey, the 6-3, 240-pound H-back type by way of the Houston Texans.

A seventh-round choice of the Chicago White Sox, Casey once clocked a 95 mile per hour fastball. Control wasn’t his forte.

Unable to escape the minors, Casey switched to football and entered the NFL draft at age 25 after catching 111 passes in Rice’s spread offense in 2008.

A fifth-round pick of the Texans, Casey caught a career-best 34 passes for 330 yards (9.7 average) and three touchdowns last season in an offense built around running back Arian Foster.

On paper Casey, 28, suits Chip Kelly’s spread offense. Casey is adept at running routes in tight quarters and has carried the ball at fullback. In the Kelly offense route running is the key to opening lanes for the quarterback.

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