May 4, 2023   3 MIN READ

Fitting In

ITB: UDFA Class Offers Different Skillsets


With rookie minicamps on the horizon, the 2023 Philadelphia Eagles roster is taking very early shape.

On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan provided intel on the confirmed undrafted free agent signings and gave an early preview of the team’s offensive depth chart.

Eli Ricks

Eagles UDFA CB Eli Ricks was a top recruit out of high school

Joe Ngata

Geoff Mosher: “The issue is he is not a lightning quick wide receiver. Usually the back-end guys are going to be special teams or returners. He’s a good player, but in my mind, is more of a push to be on the practice squad.”

Trevor Reid

Mosher: “I am told that his athleticism really stood out. He is a guy that they are going to have to coach up and really get with the program. I don’t think he has played a ton of football or o-line.”

Ben VanSumeren

Adam Caplan: “Big time tackler out of Michigan State. He is a guy that can push because they are not great at stack linebacker. He’s 6’3, 235 pounds, started a lot of games.”

Mosher: “I’m told he runs really well, but for a linebacker his instincts need work and refinement. He can run and tackle.”

Eli Ricks

Mosher: “This is a kid who was once an extraordinarily high recruit. I’m told he’s a great athlete, a player who can be very productive. He just has to grow up is basically how it was told to me. He probably should have been a better college player, but he certainly has skill.”

Caplan: “It will be harder this year to make it because the room is kind of crowded with Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, James Bradberry, Kelee Ringo, Zech McPhearson, but the Eagles are raiding the ‘Bama program.”

Running Backs

Caplan: “(D’Andre) Swift offers something different, (Rashaad) Penny is different than anything else they have had, Kenny Gainwell is the third down change up, Sermon is the bigger back, he has to play to that size and Boston Scott, you never know his role from game to game. They have kept five backs before, it’s hard to do that. They are going to have a numbers game here.”

Right Guard

Caplan: “You have (Tyler) Steen has never played guard before, he has to learn it, Cam Jurgens who is still a developmental guard, and Jack Driscoll is the one guy with experience.”

Mosher: “The fact that Steen has never played guard, we should not lose sight of that concept. You have to learn that. He has been playing on the left side for the last two or three years, so he has to switch sides and switch positions.”

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for

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