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Rookie Josh Huff working to make impact

6/12/2014

Even without the likes of DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant, there are plenty of weapons at wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Josh Huff is aiming to be right in that mix.

Huff was the first University of Oregon player taken by Eagles coach Chip Kelly, a former standout coach with the Ducks. Huff was selected with the No. 86 overall pick in the third round of the NFL draft in May.

As a senior at Oregon, Huff compiled 62 receptions, 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also has the ability to transfer that talent to special teams, which is ideal for the Eagles.

Huff is competing with fellow rookie Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt along with Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Arrelious Benn, among others.

“I’m just trying to improve each and every day, no matter what it is,” Huff told Philadelphiaeagles.com. “I just have to continue to improve and show the coaches that and let them know that I can be a playmaker in this offense.”

There’s a distinct difference between playing in college and in the NFL. Huff is fully aware of that fact. He’s using OTAs as a measuring stick.

“There’s a couple of different things,” Huff told Philadelphiaeagles.com. “Of course, it’s the next level, so you have talent everywhere on the field. My best input is to just stay out of the way and continue to do work and show these coaches that I can make plays and show them that I’m a total team player.”

Huff has been taking reps with the second and third teams, trying to soak up as much information as possible.

“I wouldn’t expect it to be different,” Huff said. “You have to prove to the veterans that you belong, you can’t just have a first-round pick and put him in there. That’s disrespectful to the veterans that have been here. You just find where you fit in and continue to work to make your way up the depth chart.”