The Eagles worked out three free agents on Monday, according to NFL insider Adam Caplan. Philadelphia hosted tight end Gabe Holmes, tight end Jevoni Robinson, and quarterback Matt Simms. Here’s some more info on each player.
The 26-year-old Holmes measures in at 6-5, 255 pounds. He played college football at Purdue and signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015. Holmes didn’t play in a regular season game but he hung around with the Raiders until he was waived prior to the start of this season. Preseason stats from 2015-2017: seven receptions for 38 yards. Holmes spent 13 days on the Seattle’s practice squad in September. The Eagles play the Seahawks this Sunday.
Robinson isn’t a football player. The 25-year-old played college basketball for North Carolina State before transferring to Barry University (Division II) as a senior in 2014-2015. Robinson measures in at 6-8, 225 pounds. This isn’t the first time the Eagles worked out a basketball player. They reportedly did that earlier this summer as well.
Simms is the son of former NFL quarterback and current NFL sportscaster Phil Simms. The 29-year-old has spent time with the Jets, Bills, and Falcons since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!
It’s a little interesting that the Eagles worked out two tight ends since Trey Burton missed Philly’s Week 12 game with a back injury. But Holmes and Robinson aren’t necessarily reliable players who are ready to contribute now. The Eagles could be working them out in the interest of signing them to offseason deals. Note that Burton is set to be a free agent this offseason and Brent Celek could retire or be cut for cap savings.
As for Simms, the Eagles already have three quarterbacks on the roster, so maybe this was just about them doing a favor to get his name out there. Or maybe the Eagles were picking his brain on the Falcons, since Simms spent time with them from 2015-2017.