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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.

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21 Responses to “Eagles add Taylor Martinez”
  1. nyeagles10 says: May 11, 2014 8:36 PM

    I love it. its the momah of last off season hoping momah can make a splash this training camp

  2. dlove4392 says: May 11, 2014 8:38 PM

    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!

  3. jtbaudendistel says: May 11, 2014 8:39 PM

    See Tebow, it’s not that bad.

  4. bennyb82 says: May 11, 2014 8:48 PM

    WR pass play on punt returns?

  5. vusnu says: May 11, 2014 8:52 PM

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

  6. 700levelvet says: May 11, 2014 8:56 PM

    Camp fodder… Chip probably recruited him while at Oregon..

  7. qdog112 says: May 11, 2014 9:11 PM

    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.

  8. xsorethumbx says: May 11, 2014 9:28 PM

    not surprised he ran out of eligibility as it seems like he was at Nebraska for 12 years

  9. touchdown26 says: May 11, 2014 9:55 PM

    In Chip Kelly we trust!

  10. ttommytom says: May 11, 2014 10:10 PM

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

  11. drewsballoons says: May 11, 2014 10:25 PM

    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.

  12. joeknowsnada says: May 11, 2014 11:32 PM

    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.

  13. goddfatherd says: May 11, 2014 11:42 PM

    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

  14. campcouch says: May 12, 2014 1:38 AM

    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.

  15. sfm073 says: May 12, 2014 2:29 AM

    Is he too white to play tailback?

  16. clashpoint says: May 12, 2014 7:09 AM

    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.

  17. greymares says: May 12, 2014 8:22 AM

    Just one more reason why the N.F.L. needs a developmental league.

  18. richardmswartz says: May 12, 2014 8:37 AM

    How much time and effort can the coaching staff spend on projects like this?

  19. ghendricksen says: May 12, 2014 12:49 PM

    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.

  20. phillyphannnn83 says: May 12, 2014 8:27 PM

    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.

  21. eaglesnoles05 says: May 13, 2014 2:52 PM

    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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