The Eagles drafted Chris Gocong in the 3rd round of the 2006 draft and now 7 years later, he's back in their rookie camp. The team announced today that the veteran LB will get a tryout at this weekend's rookie camp at the NovaCare Complex.
Gocong missed his entire first season in the NFL on IR, but ended up getting the starting SAM LB job in 2007. He would go on to start 35 games for the Eagles over the next 3 seasons before being traded to the Browns as part of the Sheldon Brown deal in 2010.
He started all 16 games in both 2010 and 2011 for Cleveland and actually was playing the best football of his career. However, he ruptured his achilles in training camp in 2012 and missed all of last season before being released.
So now he's back on a try out basis with the Eagles and more than anything is likely here to try and prove that he's healthy. If he is, and I'm surprising even myself saying this, he really may not be that bad of an option as depth at the SAM position or even as an inside LB, where he played a lot in 2010 for Cleveland. He was pretty decent in those roles and here's the kicker... His LB coach with the Browns was current Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis.
That connection may very well have more to do with why he's here this weekend than the fact that the Eagles originally drafted him.
So it's just a tryout but this one actually bears watching.
Other players in for tryouts this weekend include: John Lyon, Harvard; Pete Massaro, Penn State; Gerald McRath, Southern Mississippi, Matt Evans, New Hampshire; Chris Gocong, Cal Poly; Marcus Green, Temple; Montel Harris, Temple; Will Murphy, Oregon; Isaiah Voegeli, Merrimack; Nick Carlson, Wyoming; Alfred McCullough, Alabama; Nic Purcell, Golden West Community College; Devin Tyler, Temple; Daryell Walker, Hampton; Anthony Boyles, Idaho State; Cam Chism*, Maryland