OLB Long hoping to make impact in 2014

Travis Long was part of the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad last season.

He’s hoping to move up in 2014.

Long, an improving outside linebacker, took last season as a step in the right direction.

“Maybe it didn’t quite feel like I was an NFL player because I wasn’t playing in games,” Long told CSNPhilly.com. “But at the same time I’m out here practicing, I’m in meetings, I’m traveling with everybody, so I still feel like I’m part of an NFL roster. It’s just I don’t get to do what I’m practicing for, going to play in games. But it is what I needed.”

Long registered 9.5 sacks as a senior at Washington State before an ACL injury derailed his progress.

Long competed against Chip Kelly when the current Eagles coach was at the University of Oregon. Playing for Kelly in the NFL is a bonus.

“Yeah, that’s a confidence thing, and I did play against Chip for four years in college so I feel like he knows what I can and can’t do,” Long told CSNPhilly.com. “I think that really might be one of the reasons I’m here. He did know what kind of player I was.”

Long is competing against Trent Cole, Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham, first-round draft pick Marcus Smith and Bryan Braman.

The depth doesn’t bother Long at all.

“There are a lot of guys, a lot of competition,” Long said. “That’s good, though. That raises everyone’s level of play.”