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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Huff, first pick to sign, eager to get started

By Andy Jasner

PHILADELPHIA -- Josh Huff was determined to sign his first professional contract before the Philadelphia Eagles hosted their first rookie minicamp last weekend.

Mission accomplished.

Huff, the Eagles' third-round pick in the NFL draft, was the first rookie to sign. The wide receiver from the University of Oregon became the first Ducks player drafted by Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Kelly had four highly successful seasons as Oregon's coach before heading to Philadelphia last season.

"I just wanted to get it done as soon as possible," Huff said. "I didn't want that to be a distraction for the team. I just wanted to come in and do what I had to do on the field and help my teammates in any way possible."

Huff had 62 catches for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Ducks. He's eager to transfer that talent to the Eagles as they prepare to defend their NFC East title.

"I love Philly [and] just being here for the short amount of time I've been here, I love Philly," Huff said. "I love everything that's going on with this organization and where coach Kelly is taking them. He has a great setup for us and he's doing an excellent job with installing the rookies and putting us on training wheels, as I would say."