Britain Covey offers a unique perspective in her quest for a place on the list
A new start. A new start. It doesn’t matter to Britain Covey that he’s an undrafted rookie free agent in Philadelphia Eagles training camp at a loaded wide receiver position. What matters is that he was given a chance and he intends to make the most of this opportunity.
“It’s been going well. It’s fun. It’s like being a freshman again, just trying to learn everything I can,” Covey, a product of Utah, said after the training at the NovaCare Complex. “We have quite a few good veterans in the receiver’s room to learn from, so that was great. I like the guys and I like being a part of that.”
That he’s facing the uphill battle isn’t new to Covey, who totally understands: he’s 5-foot-8. He played quarterback in high school. He was never the best looking guy in a uniform. So, he succeeded in college as a dynamic receiver and running back with his bulldog mentality and a persona who never says don’t give up. He’s been told plenty of times that he’s not good enough or big enough to make it and, truth be told, wasn’t much of a college freshman with “five or six offers” and a lot of “favorite” offers. “.
“All my life I kind of had that and I think that led to my mentality. When you’re my size you kind of have to have that mentality. One of the kids here thought I was a kicker,” Covey laughs. “It leads to your mentality and your work ethic and I think that’s a positive thing because when you can’t rely on size or just that crazy athleticism, you have to be detailed and I think that’s is what I’ve struggled for my entire career – being very detailed and very smart and understanding where my advantages are coming from.”
Covey had success at Utah despite playing for three different offensive coordinators, so he’s not one to have trouble adjusting to a new pattern. He’s here to succeed as a slot receiver and special teams returner and he’s very aware that if he’s going to be successful with the Eagles, that’s where his success will have to come from. In 47 games at Utah, Covey caught 184 passes for 2,011 yards and 11 touchdowns and he contributed five total touchdowns in the return game (four on punts), earning fame as one of the best returning men in the game. country as an All-American selection.