Eagles add Taylor Martinez

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The Eagles have added a former college quarterback who won’t play quarterback in Philly.

According to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, Chip Kelly and company have signed former Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez.  Per Frank, Martinez will be moved to receiver or defensive back.

Martinez wasn’t invited to the Scouting Combine.  At his Pro Day, he worked out at quarterback, safety, and receiver.  He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds.

The Eagles view Martinez as a long-term prospect, especially since he hasn’t played defensive back since high school and caught only one pass during his college career.

21 responses to “Eagles add Taylor Martinez

  1. Chip should know how utilize this guy skills best at either position..I don’t know too much about this guy, I’ll have to go look at his college tap, but it seems like he was a good player, putting up big numbers during his College years at Nebraska. Let’s hope he can contribute to the eagles despite being signed as a free agent, Let’s put that 4.41 speed to use On special teams were eagles need to improve on kicking game and return game everywhere except punt game Donnie Jones a beast. Let’s see what happends with the new players Chip brought along, excited and anxious to see how improved theteam has gotten, because I MISS MY SUNDAY’s!

  2. This guy must be the 3rd or 4th former QB on the team who’s now playing another position.

  3. Why not? He’s not bad with the ball in his hands. If Manziel had his speed, he would be worth 3/4 the hype he’s gotten.

    4.41 is pretty good for a guy used to having the ball in his hands. UNRELATED: I expect Foles to regress this year. He had a great season, where he seemed to throw more than his share of 50/50 balls that landed with his receivers.

    I watched him in college fall prey to errant passes. I could be totally wrong. Just an observation.

  4. This guy is a world class athlete. I can easily see him playing somewhere. See Brad Smith…

  5. Tmagic accelerates very, very quickly. He doesn’t have a ton of wiggle, but he can turn it up. I could see Chip Kelly finding a place for him if he makes the team.

  6. Julian Edelman, new and improved. Eagles copying Patriots, utilizing athletic ex – college QB at another position(s). If it works, fine. If not, no big deal. Hope it works.

  7. Taylor Martinez was extremely dissipointing at Nebraska, for all the athletic ability and the yearly hype I never saw it come together. I’m sure chip Kelly will get something out of him, but I doubt it will be at QB

  8. He played well in that odd Bo Pelini offense. He can actually throw as well as having some speed,but I think he’s grateful enough to move to another position…but I would not be shocked if he beat out Sanchez and Barkley as the #2.

  9. I wish teams would do this more often, if a guy is willing to learn, works hard and wants a job, give him the chance. As often as the it is the team though, it’s the player refusing to be flexible. Examples would be Tebow and Vince Young. Tebow might make an excellent h back and Young would probably be a good tight end; but clinging to their identities as qbs has kept each from chances at earning a living in football. I also think it reflects on them as team players, that they wouldn’t want to help their team out that way if they could. The team they played for wouldn’t even need a third qb, they would be it. But they’d rather hope for qb jobs that they either won’t get or won’t keep, instead of a chance at playing the game again.

  10. TMart did fine at NU considering his supporting cast and coaching staff. And he was hampered by injuries the last 2 years but maybe he can overcome them if he’s used as a db.

  11. I just love the people who try to sound smart by saying a QB who went 27/2 last season will regress. In other news, the sun will rise tomorrow and there will be oxygen in the air.

  12. This guy is was baller in college, so why not?

    Kelly is proving innovative and starting to be the type of guy that you don’t question, as a fan, when he makes moves because his “things working out” meter is already so high. So… Marcus Smith better be good, lol.

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