Eagles Acquire WR Maehl From Texans

The Eagles added a wide receiver today, acquiring Jeff Maehl from the Houston Texans in exchange for offensive lineman Nate Menkin.

Maehl (6-1, 190), played his college ball at Oregon for Chip Kelly. The Texans signed him as an undrafted free agent two summers ago. Maehl spent most of 2011 and all of 2012 on the practice squad. He was active for three games in 2011 and played nine snaps in the team’s regular-season finale, according to Pro Football Focus.

As a college senior, Maehl caught 77 balls for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns. He totaled 24 touchdowns in four seasons with the Ducks.

Maehl is not a burner. He ran a 4.62 at the Combine back in 2011. But as Twitter follower @writelikemike pointed out, he showed short-area quicks in a number of tests.

As for the Eagles’ wide receiving corps, Riley Cooper has been lining up opposite DeSean Jackson with the first team. Jason Avant seems poised to get the bulk of opportunities in the slot.

Damaris Johnson looks like a good bet to make the roster, and Greg Salas has been moving up the depth chart. Russell Shepard is on the bubble, and Ifeanyi Momah is a longshot.

Clay Harbor has been practicing with the wide receivers the past two days.

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