“Competition for the Eagles’ tight end position is, well, tight.
Brent Celek sits comfortably at the top of the depth chart. No problems there.
No. 2 appears to be Clayton Harbor, the team’s fourth-round pick out of Missouri State. The third and final spot is up for grabs. It might be Cornelius Ingram’s job to take when he reports to training camp Tuesday.
Ingram, the team’s 2009 fifth-round pick out of Florida, came in with some hype. He’s the prototypical tight end — 6-4, 250 pounds with 4.68 40-yard dash speed.
Ingram’s knees haven’t been so stellar. He missed his final season at Florida with a torn ACL. He tore his other ACL during his first training camp with the Eagles.
Ingram says his knees “feel good.”
He hasn’t been in a live game in two seasons.
“I’m definitely anticipating it but at the same time, it has been a while,” Ingram said. “It will be an exciting time for me just to put some pads back on.”
Ingram’s main competition looks to be former Missouri standout Martin Rucker, a third-year player and former fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns.
Rucker has played sparingly, appearing in only five games for the Browns in 2008. The Eagles signed him to the practice squad in September 2009. He was promoted to the active roster that December.
Rucker said during minicamp that the promotion helped his psyche.
“When you know that they think pretty highly of you, it kind of makes you feel a little bit more easy about things — not more relaxed because you still gotta take your job seriously and you still gotta put in the time and the effort — it just kind of gives you a better feel of things around you,” Rucker said.
Though the pair are competing for a livelihood in the NFL, they relish the competition.
“We know it’s a competitive situation, but everybody still gets along well, help each other out on the field and in the meeting room,” Ingram said. “It’s still fun.””