Seven Players Get Tryouts With Eagles

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Syracuse

The Eagles will have seven players participating in this week’s rookie camp (Friday-Sunday) on a tryout basis.

These players are not part of the 90-man roster, but the team could decide to sign them in the future. Below are the names, along with some information on each.

Blaze Caponegro, LB (6-1, 236) – The Temple product had 31 tackles (5.5 for loss) last year. His reps will come at inside linebacker in the Eagles’ 3-4.

Jamie Childers, TE (6-5, 250) – He got a tryout with the Rams in 2012 and spent last spring with the Giants. Childers converted from quarterback to tight end during his career at Coastal Carolina.

Ryan Donohue, LB (6-0, 239) – He started his college career at Maryland before transferring to UConn. Donohue played in 11 games last season (seven starts) and had 28 tackles.

Anthony Larry, OLB (6-2, 251) – He had 5.5 sacks and 61 tackles last year for Eastern Washington. Larry was ruled academically ineligible in 2012, but returned to the field in 2013. Here is a good feature on Larry.

Macky MacPherson, C (6-1, 306) – The Syracuse product is hoping his versatility as both a center and a long-snapper will help him get a shot somewhere this spring. Here is more on MacPherson.

Davon Morgan, DB (6-0, 196) – The former Virginia Tech Hokie played last year for the Richmond Raiders of the Professional Indoor Football League. He got a shot with the Jets in 2011, but was released.

Baker Steinkuhler, DL (6-6, 290) – He got a shot last offseason with the Texans. The Nebraska product had 47 tackles (seven for loss) and 2.5 sacks as a senior.

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  • moeman

    Wait… his name is Blaze – Cap-a-Negro! ….

    • Uncle Johnny

      Shame on you.

      • Brandon Boykin, LOL

        And shame on the five that liked this mess.

        • Richard Colton

          blame disquis for taking away our downvote

    • James Hathaway


      • EagleDuck

        Why can I still read his blatantly racist comment 4 hours later? Die in a fiery car crash moeman…

    • Will


      • oreofestar


  • Hurricane

    Wonder if Baker is the son of Dean…

    • Brandon Herman

      he is.

  • NCBiRDMann22

    Blaze and MurderLeg on special teams would be amazing!

    • Johnny Domino

      All part of Macky Mac and the Funky Bunch

  • bobloblawslawblog

    These guys are the longest of long shots, and yet they were mostly stars or at the very least solid starters in college.

  • tball_man

    With all due respect to our tenured magician and all-star long snapper (& family), a legitimate multi-position long snapper would certainly help the 53 man roster.

    • Really? We’re talking about the long snapper now?

      • oreofestar


      • jmkrav

        If he can be a competent backup C and also long snap, it opens up a roster spot. Would love it. But he has to show the ability at both spots.

    • JosephR2225

      If they sign this kid that replaces Dorenbos as a long snapper… but where are we going to find another magician?

    • JAMIN67

      Yeah, but this kid doesn’t have Julie as a wife. Advantage: John Dorenbos.

    • PaoliBulldog

      As much as CK talks about versatility, using a roster spot on Dorenbos is a mystery, particularly considering how efficiently the Eagles practice.

      • Johnny Domino

        JD got folks hyp-motized.

        To keep his gig he’ll have to pull a rabbit out of his hat.

    • borntosuffer

      Yea. I have to think it is KILLING Chip to have a roster spot taken up by the long snapper.

  • Eagles1018

    I hope murderleg can put his kicks in the end zone. If not they better be trying out more kickers

    • oreofestar

      oh he can do that his problem is more of a FG accuracy think where he only kicked 81% but has a monster leg

      • EagleDuck

        With all the versatility at other positions, maybe they’ll just carry 2 kickers on the active roster this year… would be bizarre, but Chip does what he wants (like a boss).

      • southy

        the %s can be misleading. if you’re attempting a lot more 50+ yarders than the next guy it stand to reason your % would be lower overall, even if you’re the same or better from 40.

  • severthetoe

    Only one former Houston Texan?

  • Uncle Wonder

    Still can’t get over us not goin after Christian Jones at UDFA. The FO has lamented the lack of depth at LB but was the failed test THAT big of a deal that they rather try out bammas they found wandering around 25th and Tasker?

    • JAMIN67

      You REALLY think this FO is gonna bring in a kid who KNEW there’d be a drug test…yet decided to gamble on his future job and his earnings of millions, and partake anyway? Sorry, you can’t fix that kind of stupid.

      • Uncle Wonder

        Are we looking for MENSA members or football players? We could go down the line for HOFs who have ‘issues’. Keenan Allen failed last year, and lots of ppl think he shoulda been ROY.

        • JAMIN67

          My point is, why take the risk on someone like that…even if it’s a UDFA. Say you bring him in and he does well and makes the team. Then in week 7 he gets suspended again. You now not only have a hole at his position, but you’ve weakened your team dramatically because you could have possibly kept a player that would have gotten Jones’ reps in training camp and practices.

          I won’t disagree that people make mistakes in their life. Hell, I can even respect someone who makes a mistake, falls, and gets back up stronger because of it. But knowing full well your career and livelihood is on the line, and still having the blatant stupidity to put that at risk, is more than I’d care to tolerate from any potential player if I was in the Eagles FO.

          • Uncle Wonder

            Well that logic is fine, except I dont view those things as being mutually exclusive. The other guy you coulda had may not be any good, we just are giving tryouts to guys who arent likely to make the team anyway. We have other players and as an UDFA, what do you really have to lose? He honestly doesnt even need to play this year, but guaranteed ILB will be a major priority come nxt offseason cuz we didnt address it in any way this year.

          • JAMIN67

            I hear what you’re saying. But it’s not like there won’t be any shortage of players we could bring in. I just don’t see the point in bringing in some idiot that couldn’t keep himself clean for a few weeks before the draft, and investing the time in him. People who don’t “get it” under those circumstances are highly unlikely to “get it” at all. Just my .02…

    • cliff henny

      has to be way more to it than the failed test. he was 3rd/4th, so that might knock him back to 5th/6th, guessing. but must be a whole lot more going on behind the scenes,he was having hard time getting picked up as UDFA. ego, ability to take coaching, intelligence, desire to play, and or we simply over rated his ability cause he played on FSU around a ton of true NFL draftable talent. NFL didnt like Jerrigan nearly as much as mock guys.

      • Uncle Wonder

        Jernigan failed too. I had him figured for end of the 1st, but he still went mid 2nd.

  • myeaglescantwin

    how do you not like the direction this roster is going in.
    the more 6’6 DL you can find the better.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    I believe Anthony Larry is a guy that Lawlor hoped they’d take a look at as an UDFA. I’ll double back and confirm.

  • Anebriated

    Really pulling for Caponegro. I go to a lot of Temple football games and he was constantly around the ball. He was a 5 year senior and wore a single digit jersey which Temple gives out sparingly only to those who are deserving on and off the field. Hes got a long way to go though.

    6’1 236, 4.82 40, 25 reps at the bench.

    • southy

      31 tackles doesn’t strike me as very impressive for an ILB

      • Anebriated

        There is a reason he wasn’t drafted or offered a UDFA contract. Hes definitely a long shot but that doesn’t mean I cant root for the guy.

  • peteike

    I can root for a guy named Macky Mac

    • Johnny Domino

      Best fan club opportunity since the Wolff Pack

  • midddletownwatch

    a bunch of ham & eggers…

  • PaoliBulldog

    Yet another converted QB (Childers, now a TE).

    When Charley Pell was at Florida, he recruited a bunch of high school QBs and converted them to other positions, believing that QBs were usually the best athletes. That’s how Collinsworth became a WR.

    I guess CK is taking a bit of that approach. Lane Johnson and Marcus Smith are converted QBs, now three more are trying to make the team.