Aiken is one of seven free agent players the Eagles worked out on Tuesday. I don’t really know why the Eagles needed to work him out considering he originally signed with Philadelphia right before training camp started and remained on the roster until getting waived in final cuts.
This addition isn’t surprising in the sense that the Eagles have been looking hard at the wide receiver position. In addition to bringing Aiken in for a visit, they also hosted 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman and free agent Shane Wynn. The Eagles also signed three new receivers, including Braxton Miller, to their practice squad on Monday
This signing IS surprising in the sense that Aiken really seemed to struggle in camp this year. He dropped a lot of passes and just generally failed to impress. And it’s not like he’s some young player with upside.
Funny enough, Aiken was voted as the least preferable receiver option for the Eagles by BGN readers.
Here’s how I profiled the 6-2, 213 pound receiver earlier this year:
Aiken and [Eagles VP of player personnel Joe] Douglas overlapped in 2014. Douglas left Baltimore in 2015, which is when Aiken had a career year: 75 receptions for 944 yards and five touchdowns. In the two season since that year, Aiken has only managed to put up a combined 44 receptions for 461 yards and one score. The 28-year-old was a non-factor with the Colts last season. Could be a veteran camp body for the Eagles at receiver, I guess.
It remains to be seen what corresponding roster move the Eagles will make to fit Aiken on the 53.