Eagles Add Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez
The Eagles have agreed to terms with Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez, according to Reuben Frank of CSN Philly.
Martinez (6-0, 201) was a quarterback in college, but the Birds are looking at him as a defensive back or wide receiver. During his Pro Day, Martinez reportedly ran in the mid 4.4s and posted a 39-inch vertical jump.
“I felt pretty good doing receiver and safety,” Martinez told reporters after his workout. “Whoever wants me at whatever position, I’ll go.”
Martinez was slowed last year by a foot injury.
“I’ve dealt with a lot of pain (at Nebraska),” he said, per the Journal Star. “A lot of kids never would’ve played through the pain I played in. I’m a tough kid and I played through a lot of stuff.”
As Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz pointed out, the Eagles had defensive backs coach John Lovett at Nebraska’s Pro Day.
Moving Martinez to another position would be a long-term project, but he is gifted athletically. Per Frank, the expectation is that he’ll have to compete for a practice squad spot this season.