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Eagles bring back a familiar face at wide receiver

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Third time’s a charm?

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The Eagles are bringing wide receiver Greg Ward Jr. back to Philly, according to a tweet from his representation.

Last week, BGN suggested Ward could be one of the former Alliance of American Football league players the Eagles could look to sign. Here’s what we wrote at the time:

Ward originally signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2017. Philly had him switch to wide receiver following his quarterback career at Houston. Ward spent his rookie season on the practice squad before trying to compete for a roster spot in 2018. He showed some improvement last year but ultimately failed to make the final cut. The Eagles decided not to keep him around on the practice squad for a second year.

Ward could be worth another look, though, after having some success in the AAF. His receiving numbers weren’t overly impressive (22 receptions for 214 yards, zero touchdowns) but he did have nine punt returns for 135 yards and one score. His 15.0 punt return average led the league.

Ward is still only 23 years old. It wouldn’t hurt to bring him back to compete for a fifth or sixth receiver spot.

Ward is probably a long shot to make the final roster but he’ll do his best to compete for a job during offseason practices and preseason games. At the very least, he gives the Eagles a camp body at receiver who’s familiar with the scheme.

In other former AAF news, the Eagles are reportedly signing quarterback Luis Perez.