Chris Gocong to try out with Eagles

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Linebacker Chris Gocong, who began his NFL career with the Eagles, will take part in Philadelphia’s rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis, the club said Thursday.

The Browns released the 29-year-old Gocong last month. He missed the 2012 season with an Achilles injury suffered in August.

The Eagles selected Gocong in Round Three of the 2006 draft. He started 35 games for Philadelphia from 2007 through 2009, notching 169 tackles and four sacks. The Eagles dealt Gocong and cornerback Sheldon Brown to Cleveland in April 2010.

In his two seasons of play with Cleveland, the 6-2, 263-pound Gocong recorded 145 tackles and 5.5 sacks and started all 32 games.

Another veteran linebacker, Gerald McRath, will also participate in the Eagles’ rookie minicamp, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday. McRath, 26, made 120 stops for the Titans from 2009 through 2011. McRath (6-3, 228) spent 2012 on injured reserve with a knee injury.

13 responses to “Chris Gocong to try out with Eagles

  1. That’s cool… they know they need more linebackers, so taking a flyer on a couple of low-priced veterans — on a tryout basis, no less — is a smart move.

  2. I remember Gocong…and I remember the Eagles trading him for a very good reason.

  3. he would have been more productive if left at DE.

    this guy was always a fish out of water.

    Unless he is used as nothing but a run stopper, he is worthless.
    Can’t cover
    Can’t set the edge for a rush.

    He does get effort sacks, but we have too many LBs that can excel beyond a what Gocong offers.

    Maybe a reserve / special teamer

    Another Andy Reid project.

  4. he was playing well in Cleveland before he got hurt,I think if he were to be healthy again he would work at one of the linebacker spots in out 3/4 defense,i wish him the best of luck

  5. At least he can tackle. That’s better than half the defense the last couple years. Still, I’d rather have a more athletic guy in a backup/ST role.

  6. He was a mistake by Andy Reid. He was a 3-4 linebacker and Andy wanted to fit a square peg in a round hole. He did well in Cleveland. He would be a good depth guy.

  7. Not a bad player for the Eagles considering he had to learn a new position. He played the SAM backer for the Eagles, the least glamorous of the LB positions since the TE is always in the equation. His numbers in Cleveland were pretty solid. Sign him for depth. He is a better fit in a 3-4 anyway.

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