Veteran vast receiver Olamide Zaccheaus, a South Jersey native and St. Joe’s Prep graduate, is signing with the Eagles, his company introduced Wednesday on Twitter.
Zaccheaus, who stands 5-foot-8, 195 kilos, made the Falcons as an undrafted rookie out of Virginia in 2019 and spent the final 4 seasons in Atlanta, enjoying in 55 video games with 23 begins and catching 94 passes for 1,328 yards and eight touchdowns.
He performed a career-high 737 snaps final 12 months – 70 % of the Falcons’ offensive snaps – and established career-bests with 40 catches for 533 yards with three TDs, second-best numbers on the Falcons final 12 months.
His greatest recreation got here in 2020, when he caught 4 passes for 103 yards in a 34-27 win over the Broncos at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Zaccheaus was virtually solely an out of doors receiver his first two years, with 59 slot snaps and 319 exterior. The final two years, he cut up time in and out, with 630 snaps within the slot and 702 exterior.
At 5-8, Zaccheaus could be among the many Eagles’ shortest vast receivers ever. Gizmo Williams, who was on the 1989 roster, was 5-6 however by no means caught a go. Jeff Sydner, who was additionally 5-6, caught three passes for 52 yards in 1993 and 1994. Chad Corridor, Britain Covey and DeAndre Corridor have been all additionally 5-8 however have been primarily or solely returners.
Zaccheaus turns into a part of a place group with the Eagles that has some query marks past superstars A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith.
Quez Watkins has 76 catches and over 1,000 yards during the last two years however had a disappointing 2022 season, culminating in a devastating drop of a deep ball within the Tremendous Bowl. After that, there are guys like Greg Ward, who has seven catches the final two years, Covey, Devon Allen and Tyrie Cleveland.
“He’s reliable, sensible, can play a number of spots,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith stated about Zaccheaus earlier than final season, in accordance with SI.com. “That’s a really underrated place while you get to gameday,” Smith stated. “In any trade, when you have been going to search for any individual to rent for a job, he could be a man I’d extremely advocate.”
Zaccheus grew up in North Jersey earlier than his household moved to South Jersey when he was 7. He grew up in Magnolia and performed highschool soccer at St. Joe’s Prep in Philly, the place he was a teammate of Jon Runyan Jr., now with the Packers.
Different notable NFL gamers from St. Joe’s Prep embody Wealthy Gannon, D’Andre Swift and Mount Laurel’s Victor Hobson.
Taking part in each receiver and operating again at Virginia, Zaccheaus rushed for 551 yards and two TDs and caught 250 passes for two,753 yards and 22 TDs. Over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, his 178 receptions have been most within the BCS.