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The Active Eagles Add Yet Another Wide Receiver

The Eagles have added yet another wide receiver in what has been a highly productive and eventful 2022 NFL Offseason in Philly. Howie Roseman and company have claimed 23-year-old pass-catcher Josh Hammond, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, off waivers to add to an already lengthy depth chart at the wide receiver position.

So, who is Josh Hammond? What can we expect from him in 2022, and what does he bring to the table for the Philadelphia Eagles?

Let’s dig a little deeper:

College Career

Hammond spent four seasons with the Florida Gators after graduating from Hallandale High School. The 6’0,” 194 lbs. wide receiver was never overly productive in college but was a relatively consistent, under-the-radar contributor. He finished his college career with a total of 87 catches for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns at 13.1 yards per reception.

Hammond was a threat to occasionally hit a home run off a hand-off or reverse, finishing with 9 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns at a scary 14.9 yards per carry during his Florida career, including a 76-yard touchdown run against Kentucky.

Though Hammond struggled to stand out in a deep wide receiver group at Florida, he did impress with his ability to create yards after the catch. In fact, 55% of his receiving yards in college came after the catch, per Pro Football Network. Hammond was also a willing and able contributor on special teams.

He also earned praise from coaches and teammates for his leadership on and off the field.

Unfortunately, Hammond’s numbers just didn’t jump off the page enough to earn an invite to the NFL Combine, and unsurprisingly he went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.

As An NFL Wide Receiver

Hammond was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. He since primarily hung around on Jacksonville’s practice squad, though he did appear in two regular-season games in 2021 (though he has yet to make his first regular-season NFL catch).

Arguably the highlight of Hammond’s career thus far was a decent showing in the 2021 NFL Preseason, in which he led the Jaguars in receiving with 12 catches for 124 yards.

That said, Hammond’s road to NFL stardom is set to be a long, steep one.

What’s Next

Hammond’s best chance to earn a place on Philadelphia’s roster moving forward is through his leadership, intelligence (he was recognized for his academic prowess in college), and willingness to do the dirty work.

The Eagles’ special teams were among the worst in the NFL last season, so Hammond has an opportunity to work his way into virtually any phase of special teams as the Eagles rebuild that system from the ground up. That, in combination with the ability to create space and the decent open-field speed he showed in college, could at least earn Hammond a shot at hanging around the team’s practice squad.

However, now near the bottom of the ranks of 12 wide receivers on the Eagles’ 90-man roster, Hammond is highly unlikely to find any regular-season action if he can show enough to stick around.

Regardless, let’s welcome our newest wide receiver to Philly! He is, if nothing else, an easy guy to root for.

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