The Eagles and James Casey have agreed to a 3-year deal, according to the team.
In college at Rice, Casey played a wide assortment of positions, from RB to FB, to TE, to slot receiver, to wildcat QB. Here were his receiving numbers his last year at Rice:
In the pros, Casey’s numbers weren’t nearly as impressive of course, but they improved every year:
Casey is a nice fit for what we perceive Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense will be, with TEs creating matchup advantages. There’s a great article by Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, where he explained the thought process of the Patriots designing their offense around the TE position. Here’s an excerpt of the two different types of TEs they look to target:
The Patriots have always had two classes of tight ends. There is the traditional “Y,” whose job requirements read: 6 feet 5 inches or taller, at least 255 pounds, can run but absolutely must be a standout blocker. He has to be a viable receiver, but not a great one.
The “F” or flex tight end is 6-3 or taller, around 235 pounds, must be able to run and be an excellent pass receiver. Does not need to be a good blocker.
Everyone in the building agreed that Aaron Hernandez out of the University of Florida, where he did a little bit of everything, was the prototype “F.”
Casey, at 6’3, 240, would of course be an “F” in the mold of Hernandez, if indeed Kelly has ideas of building a similar approach as the Patriots. Obviously, he is far less accomplished and not as skilled as Hernandez, but perhaps this signing will be one of the first glimpses into what Kelly is trying to build.