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Eagles sign receiver away from Arena Football’s Philadelphia Soul

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The Philadelphia Soul are heading toward the playoffs with the best record in the Arena Football League, but they’re about to lose one of their top players, who’s quitting the team to seek greener pastures.

Soul receiver Tiger Jones was told that there’s a spot available for him at the Eagles’ training camp, so he’s leaving the team immediately. He hasn’t actually signed with the Eagles yet, but he told the Philadelphia Daily News that a chance to make an NFL roster is a chance he has to go for now, and getting ready for Eagles camp is more important than finishing out the Arena season and risking an injury.

“When you put in this much work, spend three to four months with these guys and set goals for the team, it’s hard not to see it through to the finish line,” Jones said. “It’s definitely bittersweet, but you can’t pass up an opportunity like this. They don’t come around like this every day, especially in the Arena league. A lot of NFL [personnel] guys look at us like we can’t make the transition. For them to give me a shot says something.”

Last season Jones was named the best receiver of the year in Arena Football and this season he leads the Arena League with 2,010 receiving yards. Soul coach Doug Plank that losing players for a better opportunity in the NFL goes with the territory of coaching in Arena Football.

“There’s no question that taking a person of his [caliber] is going to create a vacuum,” Plank said. “But, at the same time, you have to look at the bigger picture. If, through this season, we were able to put one or two players into the National Football League, then it’s a win for the AFL.”

It’s unlikely that Jones will actually make the Eagles’ 53-man roster, but most Arena League players are just hoping to do enough to make the NFL notice. Jones has at least done that.

Photo via ArenaFootball.com.

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12 Responses to “Eagles sign receiver away from Arena Football’s Philadelphia Soul”
  1. realitypolice says: Jul 6, 2012 9:58 AM

    2010 receiving yards is pretty impressive when you consider that the most you can get on one play is 49.

  2. cleverbob says: Jul 6, 2012 10:04 AM

    Because the Eagles are in desperate need of another 5′-10″ buck ninety receiver. Good luck

  3. fumblenuts says: Jul 6, 2012 10:09 AM

    If the Eagles don’t sign him the Cleveland Browns could use some receiving help.

  4. 4t9er says: Jul 6, 2012 10:12 AM

    I hope he succeeds, there is nothing better than a “beating the odds” story.

  5. zn0rseman says: Jul 6, 2012 10:16 AM

    Jesse Schmidt is the best receiver in Arena Football. Hands down.

    2008 – 131 receptions for 1799 yards and 41 TD’s.

    2009 – 172 receptions for 2390 yards and 58 TD’s.

    2010 – 116 receptions for 1621 yards and 28 TD’s.

    2011 – 168 receptions for 2171 yards and 55 TD’s.

    2012 – 150 receptions for 1942 yards and 48 TD’s. (This season is still in progress.)

    His downfall? He was an unheralded prospect coming out of high school who went to Buena Vista University.

  6. gabe77 says: Jul 6, 2012 10:22 AM

    The Eagles weren’t happy when the Phillies won a World Series, taking attention away from them. Now they want to make sure another football team in Philadelphia doesn’t win another title before they do.

  7. hummer53 says: Jul 6, 2012 10:28 AM

    Surprised there are not more slot receivers in the NFL from the Arena League. Ball comes out fast in that league.

  8. MichaelEdits says: Jul 6, 2012 10:40 AM

    You know he’ll be better than Thrash and Pinkston.

  9. laeaglefan says: Jul 6, 2012 10:43 AM

    Can he return kicks and punts?

  10. swingondeesenuts says: Jul 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    Sounds like a training camp body that they signed to generate a little buzz before camp and take some ink away from Laurie’s divorce. Mission accomplished.

  11. effthenfl says: Jul 6, 2012 11:47 AM

    Championship.

  12. mhalt99 says: Jul 6, 2012 11:53 AM

    MichaelEdits says:

    Thrash had heart. He was a great special team player and a great 4th receiver and a decent 3rd option. His talent was never elite but he gave all he had. Yes he dropped some balls but he never shied away from a hit and was always around the ball.

    Pinkston lost me when he ran away from the ball on a 50 yard bomb against the Cowboys so he wouldn’t have to take a hit.

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