The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced some roster moves on Saturday afternoon. They’re not quite as big as the Jordan Matthews - Ronald Darby trade that took place yesterday.
First, the Eagles cut linebacker Steven Daniels. This marks the second time Daniels has been released this offseason. Philadelphia originally claimed Daniels in waivers off May, cut him later that month, and then brought him back a few weeks ago. Now the 2016 seventh-round pick is gone again.
The Eagles used their open roster spot to sign undrafted free agent wide receiver Keevan Lucas. Lucas played at Tulsa for four years and finished as one of the best receivers in program history. He amassed 240 receptions for 3,250 yards (13.5 average) and 32 touchdowns in that span. Lucas played with Eagles reserve quarterback Dane Evans in college.
Oddly enough, Lucas was originally supposed to sign with the Buffalo Bills (the team the Eagles just traded JMatt to!) but they rescinded the offer due to medical concerns. Lucas ended up going through this experience with a few other teams before eventually getting a tryout with the New York Jets. But they didn’t end up signing him.
Now Lucas will get a shot with the Eagles. He’s a long shot to make the team but he’s worth a look.
Here’s a scouting report on the 5-10, 195 pound Lucas via NFL.com.
Strengths - Plays tall near the goal line with good high pointing skills and body control to win the ball. Good catch-to-touchdown ratio over last two seasons. Hands are generally soft and he can drop low to make a catch. Works the middle of the field. Able to concentrate and secure throws in traffic. Adjusts in space depending on coverage in order to create more accessible throwing lane for quarterback. Former 200-meter runner in high school with some build-up speed in his go routes.
Weaknesses - Plays with hip stiffness. Uses excessive foot chop to gather before breaking his route inside. Unable to bend and sink into his breaks forcing him to make rounded cuts. Gives away routes early and doesn't play with enough acceleration out of his breaks to make up for it. Hands can be inconsistent with focus drops becoming an issue. Doesn't have get-away athleticism to consistently avoid tackles and pick up yards after catch. Run blocking effort isn't on par.
Bottom Line - Linear, high-cut slot receiver with decent build up speed who lacks the flexibility for precise route to uncover against tight man coverage. Lucas has been productive during his tenure at Tulsa, but he doesn't appear to have the short-area quickness teams look for from an NFL slot.
Here’s a Keevan Lucas spider graph.
And finally, here’s a highlights video.