PHILADELPHIA — Former Montana State Bobcat Alex Singleton reported to training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week to prove the coaching staff he has what it takes to make the 53-man roster.
Singleton, a standout linebacker with the Calgary Stampeders, helped lead his CFL team to a Grey Cup championship this past season. The Stampeders then released Singleton in January so he could chase his dream of playing in the NFL. Just one day after his release from Calgary, Singleton signed a reserve/future contract with Philadelphia.
“It took a lot. I didn’t go to a big school, I wasn’t a high draft pick, (there’s) a lot of things that you still have to work for. Everyday is still a privilege to be here and a privilege to work hard and get an opportunity to play football and make a team. I still haven’t done that in the NFL fully,” said Singleton. “So to be able to take advantage of every opportunity – like they say here (at Eagles camp), get one percent better every day and let the chips fall where they fall.”
This isn’t the first trip in the NFL for Singleton. The 2017 CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player was signed to the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 as an undrafted rookie free agent. He then bounced around on a few practice squads over the two years with the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings.
But he wants to make his stay in the NFL permanent this time around and he’s soaking up all the knowledge he can from training camp.
“You learn a ton from these guys. Jim Schwartz’s defense, you’ve watched them for years fly around and make plays. It’s the system and the guys in here and just learn from them and learn from the older guys and learn from everyone that’s been here for a while and just take advantage of every opportunity you get, because you don’t get to be around great football all the time,” said Singleton.
But he doesn’t forget his Montana roots. In fact, Singleton says his time in Bozeman has made him stronger.
“Living in the best place in the country, Montana, you learn a little adversity. Maybe not the heat, but the cold. So we will save that for December,” joked Singleton.
Singleton will continue to try and impress Eagles coaches at their training camp at NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia.