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Eagles Targeting Rookie Kick Returners

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Last week, we mentioned that the Eagles had scheduled a March 14th workout with Miami cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke, a.k.a the Combine's Fastest Man. On March 1st, Van Dyke dazzled spectators with a 4.28 40-time which, to give you perspective, was just 0.04 seconds slower than Chris Johnson's record-breaking time in 2008. Although he has limited returning experience in college, Van Dyke was a kick return star in high school, and could become one again on a professional level. He has excellent size as well at 6'1" 176 lbs, making him a tough guy to bring down.

Now, Adam Caplan is reporting that the Eagles are expected to also work out TCU WR/KR/PR Jeremy Kerley. Despite his small size at 5'9" 189 lbs, Kerley has shown the durability necessary for his position. He put up solid numbers in the return game during college, averaging over 26 yards per kickoff return and 8.1 yards per punt return. According to Caplan, he projects to play as a slot receiver at the next level. If picked up by the Eagles, Kerley should provide good competition for a guy like Chad Hall, who has struggled in the return game so far.

The Eagles also held a private workout with USC WR/KR/PR Ronald Johnson last Friday.