CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 4: Paul Turner #19 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by Darqueze Dennard #21 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Philadelphia 32-14. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Were deep into Eagles training camp and we have our first Eagles training camp darling. Ya know, the guy who shines during the preseason but when the games actually count we never seem to hear from them again/make little to no impact. This season the training camp darling appears to be undrafted free agent Britain Covey who is “shining” early on. He seems to be a sort of jack of all trades who can catch a bit, run a bit, return a bit. Hes basically a 2022 version of Chad Hall!

But it got me thinking about those who came before Britain Covey. Those players who fans fell in love with. Who called us in August clamoring to see more. Here are some of the “best” Eagles training camp false messiahs.

  • Stephen Spach - TE (2005)

    His Eagles career lasted just 1 year but what a year it was. After impressing in Eagles camp Spach made the team. His Eagles career was 7 catches for 42 yards and 1 incredible touchdown.

  • Rasheed Bailey - WR (2015)

    The Roxborough High product was everyone’s favorite player during 2015 Eagles training camp. Because he was doing this crazy thing….catching the football. The organization had horrible wide receivers and he seemed to be able to produce. But he was cut and added to the Eagles practice squad before joining the BC Lions of the CFL. He never played an official stat for the Birds

  • Henry Josey - RB (2014)

    The undrafted free agent from Missouri had a STRONG camp. Josey was the GUY during 2014 and it looked like he was poised to be the next incredible Eagles running back….but even after a strong camp he didnt make the team. Fans were outraged. He never played a snap for the Eagles.

  • Joe Ostman - DE (2018-2021)

    Another undrafted player, this time out of Central Michigan, Ostman was an Eagle for 3 seasons! When he played, he was productive in camp. Journalists, coaches, they all salivated looking at Ostman go around the edge. But injuries limited him to just 3 games in 3 years. He never recorded a stat. He is currently a free agent and there is hope he can have his bounce back season!

  • Paul Turner - WR (2016)

    The 2016 Eagles wide receiving corp was incredibly gross. But there was a savior….at least that’s what the fan base thought. The undrafted free agent from Louisiana Tech led all WR in yards during the preseason. Not just the Eagles, but the entire NFL. After dealing with a struggling Nelson Agholor, and Dorial Green-Beckham, fans were clamoring for Paul Turner. He finally got called up to the main roster but failed to show the same flashes that he showed during the preseason. In 4 games he had 9 catched for 142 yards. His only action in the NFL.

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  • Hank Baskett - WR (2006-2010)

    The Eagles traded former 3rd round pick Billy McMullen for this undrafted free agent. The fact that the Eagles traded FOR an undrafted free agent gave the fan base a little hope. Then Baskett flashed his size and ability to pin point a ball and Eagles fans had thought they had found the steal of the century.

    Baskett had the most productive Eagles career of those on this list. In 5 years with the Eagles he had 72 receptions for 1098 yards and 6 touchdowns. He never QUITE became the Hall of Famer we thought he would be during the 2006 training camp but still solid.

  • Philip Hunt - DE (2011-2012, 2019)

    Phil Hunt was one of these CFL studs that the Eagles signed as a sack machine. He flashed during training camp and looked like he could be a nice find. The NFL has had decent players come out of the CFL….but Hunt wasnt one of them. In 3 NFL seasons he had 4 sacks. But you cant take those away from him!

  • Greg Ward - WR (2017-present)

    Ward is a rare player on this list who turned out to be productive. But he was never the savior the fan base sought. A converted QB he turned himself into a nice slot WR but at the time the fan base was looking for a stud. After being burned by Paul Turner though, Greg Ward’s 768 yards in 3 seasons are Hall of Fame worthy. But when you watched him during training camp you thought “man this guy is a FIND.”….

  • Chad Hall - WR/TE/RB (2010-2014)

    You think I wasnt going to mention the GREAT Chad Hall? Hall was a favorite of Andy Reid and he showed his athleticism during the 2010 training camp. He didnt make the team but eventually got the call up and what an impact he made! In 2 seasons with the Eagles he had 16 catches for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with 12 rushes for 42 yards. He is now the Bills WR’s coach.

  • Sam Bradford - QB (2010-2018)

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