The Eagles recently worked out two free agent long snappers, according to a report. Tyler Ott and Patrick Scales both made visits to Philadelphia this week.
Eagles worked out long snappers Tyer Lott and Patrick Scales— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 18, 2015
The 23-year-old Ott went undrafted out of Harvard in 2014. He spent time on the Patriots' offseason roster that year before joining the St. Louis Rams' 90-man team in 2015. Scales, meanwhile, has bounced around the NFL since going undrafted in 2011. He most recently spent some time on the Ravens' roster in 2014. The Eagles had a chance to get a close look at Scales during their joint-training camp practices with Baltimore this summer.
There's no indication that a signing is imminent, but it's not surprising that the team is investigating long snapper options due to the struggles of Jon Dorenbos. Philadelphia's 35-year-old snapper had at least two bad snaps which led to big special teams errors in the Eagles' loss to the Dolphins. The first bad snap came on a 32-yard missed field goal attempt by Caleb Sturgis. Chip Kelly also noted Dorenbos was partially to blame for Donnie Jones' punt getting blocked.
Dorenbos has been very reliable for the Eagles in the past. Pro Football Focus actually named him as the best long snapper in the NFL last season. His recent struggles and age could indicate he's nearing the end of his career.