Taylor Martinez, the former Nebraska quarterback who went undrafted over the weekend, will be joining the Philadelphia Eagles in training camp. However, he will not be competing with Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley for a backup quarterback job. Martinez, who was ranked as the 5th highest-rated undrafted player, also worked out as a safety and wide receiver during his pro day at Nebraska.
Martinez is a “tweener” with a high athletic upside and a long list of accomplishments during his tenure as the Cornhuskers’ quarterback. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry at Nebraska and ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the combine at 6’ 1’’. He was one of the most athletic players at the combine, as he led quarterbacks in 40 time, vertical, and shuttle and was second in the cone drill.
The Eagles have four quarterbacks on their roster already; starter Nick Foles, backups Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley, and practice squad thrower GJ Kinne, so he probably won’t even be considered as a QB. Instead, Chip Kelly must have liked what he saw during the receiver and DB drills, and signed him to play safety or wide receiver. His speed and athleticism will be a huge asset on special teams, as the Eagles struggled to contain players like Darren Sproles on returns last season.