Chargers Sign Speedy Ex-Eagles WR, Raiders Add Philly Problem Child

Manasseh Bailey

Getty Mogan State WR Manasseh Bailey spent 2020 training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s always fun to see where former Philadelphia Eagles players end up. Earlier this week, the San Diego Chargers inked receiver Manasseh Bailey to their practice squad while cornerback Daryl Worley was added to the Las Vegas Raiders. Hopefully, their experiences in midnight green serve them well.

Bailey, an undrafted rookie out of Morgan State, made an impression on the final live scrimmage of training camp this year when he hauled in a 90-yard bomb from Jalen Hurts. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder had a relatively quiet summer outside of that catch but he appeared to be building a nice rapport with the rookie quarterback. The converted linebacker was a lightning-fast speed threat for the Bears — 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard-dash — and finished his collegiate career with 73 catches for 1,369 yards and 14 touchdowns. Bailey was an All-MEAC third-team selection as a senior.

Worley was sent to the Eagles in March 2018 from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith. One month later, the Philly native was arrested for driving under the influence along with weapons and disorderly conduct charges, per The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has bounced around between the Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills before Las Vegas inked him to its practice squad. Worley has 5 interceptions and 35 pass breakups in 64 career games (53 starts).

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Darius Slay Ponders NFL’s Best Defensive Tackle

Eagles shutdown cornerback Darius Slay spent his Thursday night pondering the best defensive tackle in the NFL. The consensus pick seemed to be Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams, who was dominant during a 24-3 win over the New England Patriots. Constantly fighting through double teams, Donald recorded 1.5 sacks to bring his league-leading sack total to 12.5.

Slay started the conversation by proposing that Donald might be the best to ever do it in the history of the position. Then, Damon Harrison of the Seattle Seahawks agreed and threw another name into the mix: Slay’s teammate, Fletcher Cox. The Eagles All-Pro has often been listed among the NFL’s top defensive tackles, something not lost on Slay.

Jordan Matthews Available, Free Agent WR

Be careful what you wish for, Eagles fans. Jordan Matthews’ third stint with the San Francisco 49ers ended on December 8 after the team released him from its practice squad. He had been there just under two weeks and now hits the free agent market.

The Eagles affinity for the 28-year-old receiver has been well-documented — Carson Wentz considers him a best friend — but Matthews doesn’t appear to be on their radar, especially not with Wentz on the bench. Philly finally seems poised to start their youth movement at the position.

Earlier this week, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson hinted that he may limit wide receiver Alshon Jeffery’s touches and give those extra snaps to guys like Travis Fulgham, John Hightower, Quez Watkins.

That decision would cement Matthews not coming back for his fourth tour of duty in Philadelphia. The organization drafted him in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2014 draft and he largely produced. The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder made 249 catches for 3,006 yards and 21 touchdowns in 62 games for the Eagles.


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