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Rookie Camp Includes Seven Tryout Players

Posted May 16, 2014

In addition to the rookies who will take part in this weekend's camp, the Eagles have invited seven players to participate on a tryout basis. Here is info about the seven players, some with limited NFL experience, who will try and keep their dreams alive ...

LB Blaze Caponegro
Temple
6-1, 225

In 33 career games, Caponegro (pictured above) played outside linebacker and registered 110 tackles, 12.5 for loss and three sacks. He finished sixth on the team last season with 45 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss in 10 games. Projects to inside linebacker in the Eagles' 3-4 front.

TE Jamie Childers
6-5, 230
Coastal Carolina

A rookie free agent signing of the St. Louis Rams in 2012, Childers earned second-team All-Big South honors in his final year at Coastal Carolina as a tight end, who also saw reps at quarterback. He had 30 receptions for 451 yards and four touchdowns as a college tight end. In high school, Childers threw for more than 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns. Childers was cut after the first preseason game in 2012. He was in Giants Training Camp last year.

LB Ryan Donohue
6-0, 239
UConn

A former Maryland transfer, Donohue had 28 tackles for the Huskies in 2013 in 11 games. He has played in just 16 games over the past three seasons after missing the 2011 campaign due to the transfer rule.

LB Anthony Larry
6-3, 250
Eastern Washington

A two-year starter as a defensive end for Eastern Washington, Larry will transition to outside linebacker in the NFL. According to Tony Pauline from DraftInsider.net, Larry was "an underrated pass-rushing specialist who did well out of a three-point stance in college and seems to have the athleticism as well as balance necessary to stand up over tackle." Larry had 61 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 15 games last season.

C Macky MacPherson
6-2, 306
Syracuse

A second-team All-ACC selection and team captain for the Orange in 2013, MacPherson started every game over the past three seasons. MacPherson also earned back-to-back Capitol One Academic All-District honors. He played as a true freshman in 2010. He offers experience as a long snapper as well.

DB Davon Morgan
6-0, 189
Virginia Tech

Spent the 2011 preseason in New York Jets camp. Was a second-team All-ACC safety at Virginia Tech after picking off five passes and finishing second on the team in tackles. Played with the Richmond Raiders of the PIFL last year and finished third in the league in pass breakups and fourth in tackles. The scouting report on Morgan from 2011 sated that the former Hokie was a "solid run-defending safety who is best playing downhill. Fast up the field, aggressively attacks ball carriers, and throws his shoulder pads into the action. Displays skill in zone coverage and is effective picking up assignments facing the action."

NT Baker Steinkuhler
6-6. 290
Nebraska

Steinkuhler earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches as a senior in 2012. In 51 career games (28 starts), Steinkuhler amassed 150 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a defensive tackle. Father, Dean, won the Outland and Lombardi Trophies at Nebraska and was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. The younger Steinkuhler was in the Houston Texans rookie camp last year. Pauline's scouting report on Steinkuhler said that the lineman was a "high-effort defender with marginal upside for the next level. Plays with good lean, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Resilient, stays with the action, and plays with quickness. Explosive athlete who fires through the gaps of the offensive line to make plays in the backfield."

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