Philadelphia Eagles Needed a Big Hand, Sign Tight End Alex Smith To Help Out

Jeff DanzigerCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 4: Tight end Alex Smith #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lines up against the Arizona Cardinals at the Raymond James Stadium  on November 4, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs won 17 - 10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

In an interesting turn of events, the Philadelphia Eagles dropped tight end Tony Curtis and signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Alex Smith.

Tony Curtis had looked great in the preseason, but the Eagles seemed to think Smith was a better option.

Alex Smith was one of the tight ends that the Eagles were considering trading A.J. Feeley before he was released, but a deal never went through.

When the New England Patriots released Smith, the Eagles jumped on him.

With only days left until the season opens, Alex Smith will have to learn the offense rather quickly. Fortunately for him, the Eagles run a West Coast offense similar to the offense that Smith played in under Coach John Gruden in Tampa.

Alex Smith said his time in New England was brief because of a surgery that he underwent in April. While the surgery is a minor one, it took Smith longer than they thought to fully recover.

In an interview with Dave Spadaro, Smith admitted that he hadn't really felt like himself until two weeks ago, but says that he feels great now.

Alex Smith will be backing up Brent Celek, who played great down the stretch last season to earn the Eagles No. 1 TE spot.

Smith's strengths are mostly in his receiving game. He has averaged about 300 yards and about three touchdowns in his four seasons in the NFL.

While we know that he can catch and run, his blocking game still leaves something to be desired.

Alex Smith admitted that he wasn't much a blocker coming into the NFL, but said that he has integrated it into his game, believing that the more versatile he can become, the better player he will be.

There is still a chance that a player is dropped from the Eagles roster and Tony Curtis is re-signed, to add extra support at the TE position.

It is also likely that someone is release to make room for Michael Vick, so that he can practice with the team until he is eligible to play in Week 3.