PHILADELPHIA >> A swirling wind was toying with the punt returners, with one exception, last Friday. Eagles rookie hopeful Tim Wilson shifted into gear while plucking balls out of the air, just as he’d done at East Stroudsburg University and Radnor High School. Wilson (5-9, 170) was a man for all seasons at Radnor, the 2012 graduate collecting more than 2,000 all-purpose yards with the football team, starring as a sprinter on the track and playing the point for the basketball team.
At East Stroudsburg, Wilson caught 133 balls for 2,042 yards (15.4 average) and 16 touchdowns to rank 11th in receptions and 13th in yards in the all-time school album. The Eagles found Wilson at a pro day at Temple, where a coach told him he clocked 4.42 in the 40-yard dash. There also were 17 bench presses at 225 pounds, a conversation and on Monday, a contract. The process began four weeks ago, Wilson sensing his quickness and special teams ability might be enough to earn him a chance to play some more days.
“It was about a month ago,” Wilson said. “They gave me a call after that and I got the invite. I want to show them my speed and my versatility. I play special teams, kick return, punt return. I’ll be on kickoff and kick return. I just want to fight for a spot.”
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