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Oct 26, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end James Casey (85) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

TE/HB James Casey

As of today, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to release veteran tight end/H-back James Casey.

Casey’s skill set is much like that of Ryan Hewitt‘s, except Casey possesses significant special teams ability and experience; he actually played the most special teams snaps this year of any NFL player according to Football Outsiders.

Prior to his past two seasons with the Eagles, Casey produced well for the Texans.  His best season saw him generate 34 receptions for 330 yards and three touchdowns.  Upon arriving in Philadelphia, it seems Casey has been underutilized due to the Eagles’ investment in younger players or has been misused.

With an ability to line up all over the field, Casey could provide the Bengals with depth at the tight end position as well as the H-back position if anything were to happen to Hewitt.  And as a reserve player should, Casey will be highly prepared to help the Bengals’ special teams unit; Casey helped the Eagles’ unit become one of the league’s best the past season, again according to Football Outsiders.

At 30 years old, Casey won’t bring the kind of potential younger players will, but his play is solid and would provide the Bengals with the kind of depth they seek.

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