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Jurovich Understands The Odds Are Against Him

Kevin Jurovich knows he's a long shot.

Think about the depth at wide receiver. You've got two budding stars in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, one of the best slot receivers in the league in Jason Avant and jack-of-all-trades veteran Hank Baskett. Behind them the competition only ramps up with rookie fifth-round pick Riley Cooper, two intriguing practice squad holdovers in Jordan Norwood and Dobson Collins and the versatile Chad Hall, one of the stars of spring practices.

But for Jurovich, the 6-0, 188-pound rookie free agent from San Jose State, that just means he'll have to work even harder to prove himself.

"It is (going to be very difficult) and I just want to get better every day and ... at the end of the day, whatever they want me to do I just want to get better at that role and help this team win a Super Bowl," Jurovich said.

Jurovich already feels a vast improvement in his game after working with wide receivers coach David Culley throughout the spring.

"There are so many little details and things that the coaches have picked up that I'm just learning about myself and about the way that I play – just within the schemes of a play how to get open, certain routes to run against different coverages, how to read those coverages a little bit differently, and in my route running, just little ways to get out of my cuts better," he said.

Jurovich is also doing everything he can to try to find a fit with the Eagles. Not only is he learning his first NFL offense, but he's doing it at all three wide receiver positions.

"It's been a little difficult to try to learn all three, but they're helping me so I'm getting it pretty well," he said. "It's coming along. It's a growing process and you come in every day and they throw more plays at you so you think you have it but then they throw curveballs at you and a few more plays. But they've done a very good job explaining it, so I feel like I'm getting it down."

The California native will head back to the San Diego area for the next few weeks to prepare himself for training camp, where he knows he'll have to shine. And from what he's heard, training camp really does separate the men from the boys.

"It's hard. It's a grind," he said of what he's heard about camp. "There are two practices every day. There are a lot of people that come to support and come out which is cool for the players. That means a lot and it'll be good and create a good atmosphere. But there's a lot thrown at you, a lot physically and mentally, and it's just a grind.

"Rather than just making it through training camp, I want to be getting better and progressing."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 8:00 p.m., June 18

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