One player, above all else, stood out.
That man is Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear. Spear is being brought in as competition for current Eagles kicker Alex Henery. Henery, who turns 27 in August, has watched his kicking accuracy decline in each of his three seasons in the NFL from 88.9% his rookie season in 2011 to 87.1% in 2012 to falling to 82.1% in 2013, his first season under Chip Kelly.
Spear's accuracy isn't tip-top either. He hit 20 of 24 field goals (83.3%) in 2012 and followed that up by going 15-for-19 (78.9%) in 2013. Not great.
Ignoring the blatant accuracy issues Henery has, one thing has been continually concerning since he entered the league is his inability to hit a long field goal or consistently kick the ball out of the endzone on kickoffs. That came back to bite the Eagles in December when they were forced to squib kick the ball to the Minnesota Vikings to avoid their electric kick returner, Cordarrelle Patterson. It was apparent last season Kelly did not trust Henery in big spots.
Spear, who is nicknamed "Murderleg," has shown the ability to nullify opposing kick returners. The former Commodore kicked 46 of his 66 kickoffs in 2013 for touchbacks. He has a strong leg as is clear from his numbers when he went 4-for-5 in field goal attempts beyond 50 yards over the last two seasons at Vanderbilt and kicked a 61-yard field goal in high school.
Here's the best part. Spear totally annihilated Patterson when he was still in college at the University of Tennessee.