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Philadelphia Eagles invite 26 tryout players to rookie minicamp 2016

The Eagles have invited these players to the team's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have invited a total of 26 tryout players to the team's rookie minicamp which begins on Friday, May 13.

If that number seems high, that's because it is ... compared to previous years, at least. Last offseason, the Eagles invited 11 tryout players to rookie minicamp. In 2014, it was only seven players. Howie Roseman said the Eagles were more aggressive with undrafted free agency than usual due to the draft picks they're missing from the Carson Wentz trade. It would seem they're being more aggressive with these tryout players as well.

Keep in mind these players are not officially under contract. They have only been invited to rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. The Eagles' roster is currently filled at the maximum limit of 90. If the Eagles wanted to sign one of these players, they would have to free up a roster spot first by cutting or trading someone. More likely than not the Eagles are just looking for extra bodies to fill practice repetitions this weekend. As you can see, some of the guys are local players.

The Eagles ended up signing only one of their rookie tryout players last offseason. Villanova running back Kevin Monangai signed a deal with Philadelphia right before the start of 2015 training camp.

Complete list of Eagles tryout players

QB Everett Golson (Florida State)

RB Khairi Dickson (Saint Francis)

TE James Kelly (Marshall)

TE M.J. McFarland (UTEP)

WR Kyle Washington (Angelo State)

WR David Watford (Hampton)

WR T.J. Thorpe (Virginia)

C Angelo Mangiro (Penn State)

OT Ben Curtis (Delaware)

OT Dave Bowen (Boston College)

OT Eric Lofton (Temple)

CB Trenton Coles (Duquesne)

CB Anthony Gaffney (Princeton)

LB Jacob Lindsey (Harvard)

LB L.T. Filiaga (Utah State)

LB Tyson Coleman (Oregon)

LB Jovan Santos-Knox (Massachusetts)

DE Jacob Payne (Shenandoah)

DE Kassan Messiah (Massachusetts)

DE Mike Moore (Virginia)

DT Justin Thomason (North Carolina)

S Cody Culbertson (Ohio Dominican)

S Joe Powell (Globe Institute)

S Demond Smith (Georgia Tech)

S Jourdan Wickliffe (Eastern Illinois)

P Taylor Symmank (Texas Tech)


Click here for a complete list of the 55 players who will be at Eagles rookie minicamp, including the team's eight picks from the 2016 NFL Draft.

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