Momah making play for roster spot

Ifeanyi Momah entered training camp hoping to earn a coveted roster spot with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Those hopes could soon be transformed into sweet reality.

There’s still a long way to go, but the 6-foot-7 wide receiver continues to prove his mettle to the coaching staff.

“I don’t know about the word ‘way,’ but he’s ahead of where he was last year,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters. “But he has improved. I think it’s just a better understanding of what’s going on. I think you forget he missed his senior year in college because of the injury, so he was coming off a real long point where he didn’t play football, so I think he’s just getting back out there, getting familiar. Obviously, we could notice an improvement with him when we saw during the spring, during the offseason program and I think he’s done the same thing here. So he’s put himself in position to compete for a job.”

Momah is healthy and looking to take the next step -- making the 53-man roster.

“I would tell myself there was no rust (last year), but it's inevitable,” Momah told the Philadelphia Inquirer in this story. “I sat out two years, wasn't around football. I think it's harder for me to adapt. But this year, with this experience, I'm more confident. I'm able to adapt to the offense and run my routes crisper.”

Momah is battling against the likes of Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, rookies Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, and veterans Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith, among others. It’s not going to be easy.

But Momah is definitely in the mix.

“He looks smoother out there,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur told reporters. “He's made some plays down the field and used his size. He's actually had a really, really good camp.”