Eagles Rookie Profile: Blake Annen

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles have a packed house at tight end but that didn't stop them from adding to the position. Cincinnati's Blake Annen could fill a role as a special teams player and backup H-Back.

The Eagles are set at tight end, but adding new weapons is always appealing to Chip Kelly. The tight end position is one of strength for the Eagles and the addition of Blake Annen makes it even better. While he went undrafted, Annen displays skills that completely fit what Kelly wants to do on offense.

A versatile pass catcher with a similar style of play to Brent Celek in his early years, Annen played in several spots in the Cincinnati offense. Although he was able to play in a lot of spots in college, his production as a pass catcher was a bit limited.

College Career

A native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Annen committed to Cincinnati in 2009 and did not play in 2010. He redshirted during his first year on campus but played 10 games in 2011. During his first season of play, Annen had just two catches for 33 yards and was mostly used to block. He followed that up with a one-catch (two yards) season in 2012.

He became a fixture of the offense in his final year at Cincinnati. He had 16 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns as the Bearcats starting tight end. He was used primarily as a blocker.

Pro Day Numbers

*Annen wasn't invited to the Combine.

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 247 lbs.

40: 4.41 seconds

Vertical Jump: 34 inches

Broad Jump: 10 feet

Strengths

Annen is a willing and aggressive blocker. He stays active downfield and will finish blocks. He has RAC skills and understated blazing speed that is impressive for his size. He was used as an inline tight end and in the slot, as well as H-Back. He is good at occupying his man with blocks. He handles contact very well.

Weaknesses

He runs upright and is not a route runner. He should add weight to become a more efficient blocker at the next level. He has "okay" hands and seems to have concentration issues at times. He has a lack of college production, which makes it hard to judge his ability to make plays.

How He Fits

Annen's speed could make him an asset in a Kelly offense. Annen is young and has athletic ability that is unrivaled on the Eagles roster, which could make him an interesting addition if the team decides to keep four tight ends. James Casey is a quality fullback and special teams player that is making a lot of money, but if Annen plays well in the preseason, the Eagles could decide to move on. Annen will have a tough time making the roster, but a quality performance in training camp could go a long way in making the team or more likely, the practice squad.

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