Eagles Add Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez

NCAA Football: UCLA at Nebraska

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.

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  • evanphilly

    As a Nebraska fan, I’m excited. Hope he finds his niche on the team. Another weapon for Chip.

  • cliff henny

    WR or CB. heck, OLB, TE, NT or MLB, anything but QB! worst throwing motion in d1, but wow, this guy can make people look silly in open field.

  • anon

    I guess if your a 6’0 track star well take a flyer

  • G_WallyHunter

    No mention of his hand size? Surprised, they mist be average

  • Eagles1018

    I’m still not happy at kicker. Seriously, I’d like to know more on what’s wrong with Anthony Fera. Why not bring him in? He won the Groza Award for being the best kicker in college in 2013. He missed 2 fgs all season, both in the 40 yd range. He went 1 for 1 at 50+. I don’t expect a guy booting 60 yds in a game but give me a competitive leg that can be accurate (he kicked 91% last season: http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/player/anthony-fera/1307051?q=anthony-fera )

    And a video here of him hitting field goals. His teammates also throwing him some praise. He hits a 43 yarder at 1:54 with plenty of room to spare. And what looks to be a 50 yarder at the end. I don’t get why we can’t bring him in to try him out.

    • Septhinox

      Has anyone else brought him in?

      • Eagles1018

        As of my last check, no. Does that mean we shouldn’t either?

        • Septhinox

          The fact that 32 teams passed on him indefinitely should say something.

          • Eagles1018

            Dolphins signed him…

    • Hanibal Luis

      Draft just ended. Now they are trying to round out the 90-man roster. I’m sure from now on through mini camps and up until the TC they’ll be @layers signed and cut as they see where they need bodies and competition. They brought in one kicker and if they see another or perhaps see another guy they like, they’ll sign him.

      I want to improve FGA as much as anyone, but let’s not lose it one day after the draft. Let’s see what “murder leg” has got.

    • Johnny Domino

      Takes two to tango, who says Fera isn’t looking for money outside somebody’s comfort zone? No doubt a lot of coaches think kickers are like streetcars.

      He and his agent’s collective ego look to be 0-32 right now, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate.

  • TheCatalyst

    interesting, this kind of move shows me chip wants to run this team like a college team.

    • Kev_H

      I don’t know if I’d say that. For UFA’s, very few of whom ever contribute at all, what is the smart move? Get a guy who has no chance at his current position but might be able to develop into a contributor elsewhere? I think so. A baseball analogy applies here. It seems like every kid who has big league potential plays SS and pitches for his team. At some point it benefits most of them to play another position to make it to the big leagues.

      Look at Mike Brown on Jacksonville. He was an FCS QB, was switched to WR and carried on the practice squad in 2012 and then came out and made solid offensive contributions in 11 games last season (32 catches, 446 yds, 2 TDs in 11 games). If he can keep progressing, he’ll make some money in the NFL and he has already contributed more than most UFAs.

      • Formidable

        You never know what you’ll get with an UDFA but you can find some stellar overlooked (or undervalued) talent like:

        Arian Foster, Vontaze Burfict, Josh Cribs, Jeff Garcia, Tony Romo, Rod Smith, London Fletcher, Priest Holmes (he would have been drafted but wanted to choose his team), Wes Welker, James Harrison, John Randle, Antonio Gates, Warren Moon, Kurt Warner etc.

        All it takes is talent and determination by the player and opportunity and superior scouting by the organization.

    • Clyderightside

      Not one college team would have had the first-ranked running game in the NFL and the second-ranked offense: Not Auburn, Not Alabama, Not Oregon. I would say Chip is an excellent NFL Coach, and we are lucky as hell he’s ours.

    • jesse

      Huh?

  • Aussie Eagle

    Chip obviously wants a running QB – this pick up signals the end of the Foles era..

    • Johnny Domino

      The two Matts (or is it two Marks?) better watch out, one of them could be out of here if this guy can be the #3 on gameday.
      Need all the roster spots they can get.

  • mtn_green

    Why not. Maybe he can return kicks. Doubt he makes PS.

  • DetmerWonAHeisman

    Do we have a spider graph on players with no known position?

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    this kid has a ton of talent. and very athletic. still after a very bad foot injury he put up those numbers at NEB pro day. pretty impressive. hope the eagles can find a spot for the guy. nice scout team player. excited to see him, T-Magic!!

  • cloisterwater

    Eric Crouch 2.0?

    • Andrew

      He was undrafted, not the #1 pick. There’s no such things as a UFA bust. Besides, he’s not going to play QB.

      • ochospantalones

        Eric Crouch was picked 95th. Still a waste, but not THAT bad. Hopefully this kid has a better attitude about making the transition. If not, as you says, he’s a UFA.

        • Jar

          Crouch also refused to switch posistions, that dosen’t seem to be an isue here.

          • ochospantalones

            Right, that’s what I meant by “Hopefully this kid has a better attitude about making the transition.” Crouch actually said he would switch positions, and then reneged on that after the Rams had already drafted him to play wide receiver. So it did not seem to be an issue for Crouch a few days after the draft either. Crouch went through training camp practicing as a wide receiver and then abruptly quit before the season started.

      • jesse

        Your thinking of Tim couch

  • James Gerrity

    he can play and hes tough wildcat qb?