The Philadelphia Eagles quietly completed their abridged OTAs last week. The team kept it easy – no 11v11 drills, short training sessions – but that didn’t stop some youngsters from coming out on top.
One guy who turned heads in early June was Britain Covey. The uncollected kid from Utah is vying for a spot at double threat wide receiver as a kick returner. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder was seen as a long shot for the team, but it’s caught the attention of some influential veterans this summer. Dallas Goedert started on a tight end, immediately naming Covey when asked about some standout summer results.
“Golly, Britain Covey. He has a lot of potential. He’s a good player.” Well told reporter. “He’s really smart at his distance running. Other people? I mean, he was the one who probably stood out the most. jalen [Hurts] looks real good, just our whole offense as a whole. You know we have a lot of good players. We have good people in the positions we need and I think that sets us up to put ourselves in a good position at the start of the year.”
Eagles special teams coordinator Michael Clay tried to slow down Covey a bit. He’s tried different types on the returner, tracking everyone’s catches and drops. Yes, the rookie has done some nice things on OTAs, but he’s a long way from getting kicks in 2022.
“You have to go through everything,” Clay said. “You have to see the live balls and everything and not take anything away from Britain, he’s had a very good career in Utah but it’s a little bit different in the NFL so he’s still getting used to it. He’s got to get used to having guys running right in his face.”
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Philadelphia signed Covey to a three-year deal after claiming him as an undrafted rookie free agent. The process was “messy,” according to Covey, who first heard from the Eagles at the end of the fifth round. Midway through the sixth round, he had to choose between accepting Philly’s offer or waiting.
“You called my agent. They only had five picks. And from there it was just chaos,” Covey told the Deseret News. “They gave me a timeline to essentially decide by that point in the sixth round.”
One reason Covey was willing to jump was a pre-draft visit to the Eagles’ coaching staff. He liked what he was hearing from them, especially quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson. He’s a legend in Utah, the most successful quarterback in program history.
“I just realized that I really wanted to be there,” Covey said.
CBS Sports sees big things on the horizon for Kenneth Gainwell this season. The sophomore from Memphis made the most of his limited opportunities in 2021: 291 rushing yards on 68 carries and another 253 receiving yards on 33 catches. Gainwell finished his rookie campaign with a total of six touchdowns.