Gocong Gets a Tryout With the Eagles

Former Eagles third-round pick Chris Gocong will be back in Philadelphia this weekend for a tryout, according to the team.

Gocong (6-2, 263) ruptured his right Achilles’ during training camp last summer and missed the entire season. He was a 16-game starter for the Browns in 2010 and 2011.

Gocong, 29, has played multiple positions in multiple schemes over the years. Most recently, he was on the field for 80.6 percent of Cleveland’s defensive snaps in 2011 (according to Pro Football Focus) as a 4-3 WILL linebacker. Gocong finished the year with 3.5 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.

In 2010, he played 90 percent of the Browns’ snaps and had a pair of sacks as a 3-4 inside linebacker. That year, he dropped back into coverage 68 percent of the time on passing downs. In 2011, that number was 71.4 percent. In other words, he wasn’t used as an edge rusher either year.

New Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis coached Gocong in 2011 and 2012.

Gocong spent his first three seasons in the league with the Eagles before they shipped him to Cleveland along with Sheldon Brown in exchange for linebacker Alex Hall, a fourth-round pick and a fifth-round pick. He appeared in 47 games with the Birds from 2007 to 2009 and started 35 of them, playing primarily the SAM position in a 4-3.

Tryouts are different from spots on the 90-man roster. Gocong and a host of other players will participate in this weekend’s rookie camp, but he is guaranteed nothing beyond Sunday.

Here’s the full list of participants in this weekend’s camp. Bold indicates a spot on the 90-man roster. The rest are tryouts.

QBs: Matt Barkley (USC), GJ Kinne (Tulsa).

RBs: Montel Harris (Temple), Miguel Maysonet (Stony Brook), Matthew Tucker (TCU).

WRs: B.J. Cunningham (Michigan State), Ifeanyi Momah (Boston College), Will Murphy (Oregon), Russell Shepard (LSU), Isaiah Voegeli (Merrimack).

TEs: Derek Carrier (Beloit), Zach Ertz (Stanford), Will Shaw (Youngstown State)

OL: Nick Carlson (Wyoming), Lane Johnson (Oklahoma), Alfred McCullough (Alabama), Nic Purcell (Golden West Community College), Kyle Quinn (Arizona), Matt Reynolds (BYU), Matt Tobin (Iowa), Devin Tyler (Temple).

DL: David King (Oklahoma), Joe Kruger (Utah), Bennie Logan (LSU), Isaac Remington (Oregon), Damion Square (Alabama), Daryell Walker (Hampton).

LBs: Matt Evans (New Hampshire), Chris Gocong (Cal Poly), Marcus Green (Temple), Jake Knott (Iowa State), John Lyon (Harvard), Pete Massaro (Penn State), Gerald McRath (Southern Mississippi).

CBs: Anthony Boyles (Idaho State), Cam Chism (Maryland), Jordan Poyer (Oregon State), Eddie Whitley (Virginia Tech).

Safeties: Dontra Peters (New Hampshire), Kenny Tate (Maryland), Earl Wolff (N.C. State).

Punter: Brad Wing (LSU).

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  • Bdawk20

    We already know that he played better in Cleveland than he ever did here, which was thanks to our terrible coaching. That said, no thanks.

    • freakdog

      Wasn’t he here during the Jim Johnson era?

      • Septhinox

        “He appeared in 47 games with the Birds from 2007 to 2009”

        Johnson died before the ’09 season.

        • morgan c

          He started in the NFC Championship game against Arizona, along with Stewart Bradley (and Omar Gaither??).

    • dislikedisqus

      He was a small college DE who played with his hand on the ground. The brilliant Eagles decided to make him a 4-3 SAM. He had a lot of adjustment to make: college to pro, DE toOLB etc. He was always better suited to a 3-4.

  • http://twitter.com/mgrisez7 Matthew Grisez

    Correction needed, Earl Wolff (NC State)

    • Dominik

      I love the writing from Sheil and Tim, but with Wolff and his college, they seem to have some kind of an issue. It’s the second time a little mistake was made there.

      Seriously guys, do you hate NC State? 😀 😀

  • B-West

    I guess nothing ever came of the LSU receiver claiming he was signed before the end of the draft?

    • Septhinox

      Florio and PFT got an extra 500k hits.

    • Kcruel

      He’s there. Russell Shepard from LSU aka False Start Shep

  • knighn

    It’s good to give him a look. If he can actually upgrade the roster, sign him. I thought he was serviceable. I thought, especially that Jim Johnson had a great game plan for Gocong in 2007 when the Eagles played the Patriots. It was a shame that AJ Feely threw that gift to Asante Samuel at the end of the game.

    • GEagle

      Gocong had NO BUSINESS ever playing in a 4-3… Terrible draft pick because of the scheme we ran

      • Eagles4Life

        LOL, my guy…you do realize that Gocong was doing pretty well in Jim Johnson’s scheme, which was essentially a 4-3 under, right?

        • dislikedisqus

          He didn’tdo that well at all.

          • Eagles4Life

            he actually did, until McDermott took over and tried to fix something that wasn’t broken

      • Richard Colton

        this guy was a microcasm of our terrible draft philosphy under Reid/Banner. Obsure kid from a small school. “high motor.” moved positions from college to pros. check, check, check.

  • GEagle

    think it’s pretty obvious that they are looking at him, to see how much mobility he has after the injury, to try and see if he can cover TE’s…It’s a decent idea. I don’t have much faith in it, but I like the leave no stone unturned approach to trying to improve your team..

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Riccardi/100000855463486 Michael Riccardi

    Birds need depth at OLB, so Gocong’s come to the right place. But I’ll be interested in seeing whether John Lyon, who’s a tad undersized at 6-2, 260 but very athletic, makes an impression this weekend.

  • JofreyRice

    It will be interesting to see if Kenny Tate can do anything in camp. 4* wide receiver recruit that got moved all around the defense. Maybe just a camp body, but I like the fact that they’re giving him a shot, maybe he could stick on the PS.

  • JofreyRice

    Kind of speaks to how far our roster has fallen that former clown college star defensive end Chris Gocong represents an upgrade in talent to the LB corps.

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      This among other defensive acquisitions is an unnerving trend.

  • DunedinEagle

    I’ve always thought he would excel as on outside rush LB in a 3-4 like I believe he did in college but dumb old Andy loved jamming his square pegs in round holes all frigging day long. I say get him quick if he has recovered.

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    It’s a slap in the face of the paying football conscious customers after raising ticket prices offering Gocong as an improvement or upgrade on the product offered last year.

    Gocong did performe better with the Browns then with the Eagles, he avg 72.5 Tackles, and 2.75 sacks a season in Cleveland

    Gocong and Barwin combined statistically will probably bring the Eagles 8 sacks and 100 Tackles a season. .