With only two tight ends on the 53-man active roster, the Eagles added some depth at the position by signing Garrett Mills to the practice squad on Monday.
Originally a fourth-round draft choice of the New England Patriots in 2006, the 6-1, 235-pound Mills has spent the past three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, notching seven receptions for 91 yards in nine career games. He was never on the team's 45-man active list for more than eight games in one season, so that is why he was still eligible for the practice squad.
Mills starred collegiately at Tulsa, where he became the first tight end in school history to amass over 2,000 career receiving yards. In fact, Mills' 201 career receptions and 2,389 career receiving yards ranked second in Division I-A history among tight ends. In addition, his 23 career touchdowns ranked fourth in school history. Mills did not miss a game in college, playing in 50 contests with 33 starts. He caught at least one pass in 40 straight games, compiling the longest streak of any of the nation's tight ends when his career ended. As a senior in 2005, Mills recorded 87 catches for 1,235 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. All of those marks were the highest totals for any tight end in the nation.
The Tulsa, Okla., native attended Jenks High School, where he was named the Tulsa World Player of the Year as a senior tight end. Mills was a member of teams that posted a three-year record of 40-1 and won three Class 6A state titles.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:35 a.m., September 6