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Eagles Add Rookies To Roster
April 26, 2010 | Last Updated: 4/26/10 5:14 PM ET | Comments (12)

The Eagles Monday announced they have agreed to terms with the following 11 rookie free agents:

DT Charles Alexander (6-4, 300), LSU

Alexander appeared in 43 career games (29 starts) for LSU, totaling 89 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He started in all 13 games as a senior in 2009, recording 29 tackles, two tackles for a loss and one sack. Attended Breaux Bridge HS (LA), where he was a first-team 4A all-state selection as a senior and was named the District 4-5A Defensive MVP.

WR Blue Cooper (6-2, 185), Tennessee-Chattanooga

Cooper finished his collegiate career with 152 catches for 1,790 yards and 14 touchdowns. His reception and touchdown totals rank fourth and fifth, respectively, on the school's all-time lists. A second-team All-Southern Conference selection as a senior in 2009, set career highs in receptions (84), yards (824) and touchdowns (7). Cooper earned all-state honors at Coosa High School (GA) as a quarterback and free safety.

G Zipp Duncan (6-5, 297), Kentucky

After spending most of his sophomore and junior campaigns at the left guard position, Duncan successfully made the move to left tackle as a senior in 2009, garnering second-team All-SEC honors. He made a string of 39 consecutive starts in 51 career games. Duncan began his college career as a tight end before transitioning to offensive line in 2007.

QB Joey Elliott (6-3, 215), Purdue

A team co-captain as a senior in 2009 in his first year as the starting quarterback, Elliott completed 267 of 433 passes (61.7 percent) for 3,026 yards and 22 touchdowns. Also ran for 268 yards and four touchdowns. He was a three-time Academic All-Big 10 selection. Elliott earned first-team all-state honors as a senior at Harrison HS (IN). 

T Austin Howard (6-7, 333), Northern Iowa 

Originally a tight end at Northern Iowa, Howard made the switch to left tackle in 2008 and started 25 games, earning second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors following his junior and senior seasons. He also played basketball at UNI during the 2005-06 season, seeing action in five contests as a freshman. A native of Davenport, IA, Howard starred at Central High School, earning second-team all-state honors as a team captain.

WR Kevin Jurovich (6-0, 188), San Jose State

Jurovich amassed a school record 160 receptions for 2,143 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career at San Jose State after making the switch from safety to wide receiver following his sophomore season. He earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2007, setting a school record with 85 receptions for 1,183 yards and nine touchdowns.

T Jeraill McCuller (6-6, 328), North Carolina State

A three-year starter at tackle for NC State, McCuller was named the recipient of the 2009 Governor's Award, given to the member of the team who is the most valuable player based on ability, contribution, leadership and intangibles. Attended Atlantic Shores Christian High School in Chesapeake, VA, where he earned first-team All-State honors, playing both offensive and defensive line and posting 187 tackles and 11 sacks.

CB Josh Morris (5-11, 186), Weber State

A two-year starter at Weber State, Morris registered seven career interceptions and was awarded first-team All-Conference honors following his junior and senior seasons, in addition to being named an FCS first-team All-American in 2009. Prior to playing at Weber State, attended Northwestern Oklahoma A&M Junior College in 2006 and Ada (OK) High School.

CB David Pender (6-0, 180), Purdue

A three-year starting cornerback at Purdue, Pender concluded his Boilermaker career with 129 total tackles and three interceptions. An Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection as a junior in 2008, he ranks second all-time in program history with 33 pass breakups. Pender started the final 31 games of his career after moving into the starting lineup as a sophomore.

WR Pat Simonds (6-5, 229), Colgate

Simonds recorded 171 receptions for 2,797 yards and 29 touchdowns in his four-year career at Colgate. A 2009 Sports Network All-America Third-Team recipient, he broke the program's single-season touchdown record after hauling in 14 touchdowns in 2009. As a junior in 2008, Simonds finished second in the Patriot League in yards per game (94.7) and third in receptions per game (5.42). A three-year letter winner at Sidney High School (NY), he wrapped up his career with 52 receptions, 1,038 yards and 18 touchdowns.

FB Chris Zardas (6-0, 238), Massachusetts

A first-team CAA All-Conference and New England Football Writers All-Star selection in 2009, Zardas started in 17 of 34 games, finishing his career with 351 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. A two-year starter at fullback, he was the key blocker for a team that tallied seven 100-yard rushing games in 2009. He received Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic team honors as the starting running back at St. John's Prep (MA).

-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 5:14 p.m., April 26

Eagles Add Rookies To Roster
Reggie Forcine
11:25 am ET
These are all fine picks that The Eagles picked up, however I'm rooting for Charles Alexander and David Pender. Alexander adds depth and stregthn to an already physical front four. Pender possesses excellent speed, I believe he finished in the top 5 out of all dbs at the combine and we always so into the season deep at the cornerback position :) Go David!
3:08 am ET
T Austin Howard (6-7, 333), Northern Iowa HOLY #$*@#! That is a big boy! I hope he turns out to be awesome just his size is intimidating haha
12:56 am ET
Everyone here posted way before the article was put up. But it seems like we did speak too soon. Maybe the fact that he didn't get drafted will humble him and he'll go out and work
9:45 pm ET
Why wasn't Simonds drafted? Did you even bother to read the report they put up in the other article? ( The Bad: Lazily comes off the line at times, slow, and rounds off pass routes. Plays soft and runs out of bounds all too often rather than trying to pick up extra yardage after the reception. Minimal quickness in his game and does not have a burst. Does not always win out in battles the way he should. Gives halfhearted efforts as a blocker.
8:39 pm ET
It's a shame the Eagles missed out on a couple of quality local boys... Rutgers University center Ryan Blaszczyk has accepted an undrafted free agent rookie offer from the Detroit Lions. Jake Lewko, an inside linebacker from the University of Pennsylvania, is prepared to sign a contract with the Tennessee Titans.
7:02 pm ET
6'5", 229lbs.....and he didn't get drafted?.....Hope Andy and the boys coach him up and get him on the field...I like the 6'4" DT, looks like we're actually on to something in that middle...
6:26 pm ET
So glad the FO was able to bring in Pender. I thought they'd have to draft him late or lose him. On the chat, I kept saying we need to find another Rod Hood: UFA turns solid nickel back, turns starting quality corner. We'll see, but this staff has had great success developing solid players at CB over the years.
6:14 pm ET
Pat Simonds needs to make this team he is beast Bench Press: 24 Vertical Jump: 34.5" 40 T: 4.66
5:51 pm ET
WR Pat Simonds (6-5, 229), Colgate OH MY GOODNESS 6-5 i want to know this guys vertical who is going to block this guy in the redzone no one is fade to the corner slant anything and this guys is going to go up and get this ball in the redzone. PLZ Let him make the team and throw him in there in the redzone.
5:35 pm ET
Man! We are adding some serious size to this training camp. Between huge O Linemen and Supersized Wide Receivers, they better start serving extra portions at the team meals...
5:31 pm ET
Who in the world is Pat Simonds? and why didn't he get drafted? 6-5 receiver? I like the signing of David Pender from Perdue. Signed some OL and 1 DT. It's Go Time for Laws
5:31 pm ET
Who in the world is Pat Simonds? and why didn't he get drafted? 6-5 receiver? I like the signing of David Pender from Perdue. Signed some OL and 1 DT. It's Go Time for Laws

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