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Eagles slide Clay Harbor to receiver, for now

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In a move that further underscores the team’s decision to bring Riley Cooper back after only a four-day whatever-it-was, the Philadelphia Eagles have tried to improve their lot at wideout by sliding one of their seven tight ends to the position.

As explained by Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, tight end Clay Harbor took some snaps at receiver during Sunday’s practice.

“We’ve got seven tight ends, and he already knows how to play inside because all the tight ends know how to play the slot,” coach Chip Kelly told reporters.  “He had three big catches for us Friday night.  He’s probably the fastest of the tight ends.  Until, really, there’s some cut downs and there’s some guys available, we think that the best route for us is the guys we have.”

In other words, the Eagles actively are looking for help at receiver.  They just have found anything they like on the open market.

“So if we can cross-train Clay a little bit and get him to play outside receiver now — we believe he knows how to play inside and understands all our route concepts — so it’s just a matter of the more versatile you can be the better impact you can make,” Kelly said.

Harbor’s versatility was on display during the offseason, when he played some linebacker.  With only 53 spots on the roster, the more a guy can do enhances his chances of sticking with the team.

Harbor’s receiver experiment apparently will continue beyond practice.

“We’ll try to get him some reps this week so he can feel comfortable, and hopefully we can get him in a game out there,” Kelly said.

So, basically, a team that needs receivers bad enough to move a tight end to the position can’t afford to run off one of their best receivers.  Right or wrong, the Eagles needed Riley Cooper.  And, so far, the issue that precipitated his four-day whatever-it-was has largely died down.

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21 Responses to “Eagles slide Clay Harbor to receiver, for now”
  1. alldonesmith says: Aug 11, 2013 6:08 PM

    LET IT GO

  2. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 11, 2013 6:13 PM

    Remember when they tried AJ Feely at receiver in training camp a few years ago? They should bring him back lol

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 11, 2013 6:13 PM

    Remember when they tried AJ Feely at receiver in training camp a few years ago? They should bring him back lol

  4. jdhein22 says: Aug 11, 2013 6:14 PM

    Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson are available.

  5. eaglesfan036 says: Aug 11, 2013 6:24 PM

    How does this move underscore bringing Riley Cooper back?

  6. bobbyhoying says: Aug 11, 2013 6:36 PM

    Hugh Douglas and Riley Cooper cross their hearts and promise they’ll never again drink so much that they say a word which offends the media for years to come.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 11, 2013 6:52 PM

    I went to read a eagles WR story but a Cooper racism story broke out…..

  8. Youknowimright says: Aug 11, 2013 7:32 PM

    Can he tackle ? They should try moving him to the def side of the ball after seeing that slop on friday.

  9. pewitttyler says: Aug 11, 2013 7:36 PM

    Mike Vick wins the starting job, in other words Riley cooper is a racist

  10. icdogg says: Aug 11, 2013 7:58 PM

    Youknowimright says:
    Aug 11, 2013 7:32 PM
    Can he tackle ? They should try moving him to the def side of the ball after seeing that slop on friday.
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    actually they also tried him out at linebacker when they were short there during OTAs

  11. icdogg says: Aug 11, 2013 8:01 PM

    I don’t think this has as much to do with Cooper as it does with trying to find a place for a guy who had a couple of excellent series on Friday. I think the Eagles would like to keep him aboard but as the fourth tight end on the squad, he will need to be versatile.

  12. henson58 says: Aug 11, 2013 8:32 PM

    I would say its safe to say that once some of these teams with really good depth at WR start cutting guys the eagles will be all over it

  13. abninf says: Aug 11, 2013 8:55 PM

    Every team in the NFC East has a minimum of three Super Bowl wins. With Dallas leading the way. Except for Philly. Who has zero. Just saying.

  14. chizzlechest says: Aug 11, 2013 9:03 PM

    Man I am sure glad the league started in the 60s, so I can continue say the Eagles have 0 super bowls. God forbid I have to count their NFL championships. That wouldn’t help my story.

  15. bdawkins2 says: Aug 11, 2013 9:26 PM

    abninf says:
    Aug 11, 2013 8:55 PM
    Every team in the NFC East has a minimum of three Super Bowl wins. With Dallas leading the way. Except for Philly. Who has zero. Just saying.

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    Thank goodness Pittsburgh doesn’t play in the NFC East you or you would have had to use two hands to do the math.

  16. eagles512 says: Aug 11, 2013 9:52 PM

    Everything comes back to Cooper for the media.

  17. raiderapologist says: Aug 11, 2013 10:21 PM

    Clay Harbor sounds like a little place on the Oregon coast.

  18. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 11, 2013 10:47 PM

    showcasing him for a trade possibly to the pats and good friend belichick.

  19. cuda1234 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:01 AM

    It was a four-day break from the media lynch mob, who was trying to make a story where none existed.

  20. nananatman says: Aug 12, 2013 9:13 AM

    Chad Johnson is available, T.O. is probably available, should have snatched Randy Moss from the jaws of the broadcast booth.

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2013 1:18 PM

    “Today should be sunny with a chance of thunder showers. Speakin’ of showers did you hear what cooper the eagles WR said………”

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