Getting to know the Eagles: WR B.J. Cunningham

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The Eagles connected on passes to all of their then-current five wide receivers against the Buccaneers on Sunday. Just one day later, Philadelphia added to the unit with the signing of former practice squad player B.J. Cunningham. The former draft pick of the Miami Dolphins competed in training camp with the Eagles this summer but was waived with an injury settlement in August after he suffered a leg injury.

Cunningham was signed to the Eagles practice squad last season after he was cut by the Dolphins during final cuts. Miami spent a sixth-round pick on the young wide receiver but he failed to impress and stayed on the Eagles practice squad throughout the entire 2012 season. He did not appear in a preseason game, prior to being cut by Philadelphia.

The Michigan State alum played with Eagles quarterback Nick Foles before the passer transferred to Arizona. Cunningham was a top receiver throughout his Michigan State career. As a redshirt freshman, he caught 41 passes for 528 yards. Cunningham followed that up with 641 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 48 catches as a sophomore.

He was an All-Big Ten honorable mention as a junior with 50 receptions for 611 yards and nine touchdowns. Cunningham was a team-nominated MVP and a second team All-Big Ten selection during his final year with Michigan State. As a senior he caught 79 passes for 1306 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is the Spartans all-time leader in receptions (218) and receiving yards (3,806) for a career. He is also second all-time in touchdown receptions (25).

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