COMMENTARY | Miguel Maysonet's journey to play in the NFL will have to continue elsewhere after he became the odd-man out of the Philadelphia Eagles running back picture. As the second week of organized team activities got underway on Monday morning, the Eagles released the undrafted rookie free agent running back from the roster. The Eagles announced the roster news via Twitter.
Perhaps this move should have been expected at some point. The Eagles signed free agent veteran running back Felix Jones last week. As I said last week, Jones could become a quality role player in Chip Kelly's offense if he remains healthy. With LeSean McCoy leading the ground attack and a couple of other back-up options already on the roster it looked as though Maysonet was going to be on the outside looking in on Philadelphia's running back plans for 2013.
Maysonet was an electric running back for FCS Stony Brook last season and his versatility made him one of the more intriguing undrafted free agents following the 2013 NFL Draft. The Eagles signed him and brought him in to the team's rookie workouts, but he has not been eligible to participate in organized team activities due to NCAA graduation rules. Now that he has been released, Maysonet is free to sign with any team. Because he has already received a signing bonus from the Eagles, any new team can sign him without offering a signing bonus. Whichever team does sign Maysonet could be acquiring an overlooked running back with an extra chip on his shoulder.
As the Eagles released Maysonet, they also signed undrafted tight end Will Shaw out of Youngstown State. The Eagles already look to have a solid tight end unit that should excel in Chip Kelly's offense but testing out as many options as possible at key positions is never a bad thing this time of year. Whether or not Shaw eventually lands a roster spot could be an uphill battle. Brent Celek is the most experienced tight end on the roster. The Eagles also added to their tight end position with the free agent signing of James Casey and the second round draft selection of Zach Ertz out of Stanford. Shaw will likely have to beat out Clay Harbor for a roster spot.
Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sportswriter covering college football and the Philadelphia Eagles. Follow McGuire on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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