NFL News of August 2, 2003

Chad Lewis Philadelphia Eagles 2003

Chad Lewis doesn’t hedge his thoughts on the potential of L.J. Smith.

“He can be as good as Shockey,” Philadelphia’s veteran tight end said of the Eagles’ rookie tight end.

That’s the Giants’ Jeremy Shockey, last year’s NFL Rookie of the Year. Lewis said Philadelphia’s second-round draft pick from Rutgers has the physical ability and work ethic to make a similar impact this season.

“He’s naturally gifted, a great athlete,” Lewis said Thursday after the morning practice at the Eagles’ Lehigh University training camp. “He’s real smooth after the catch. And he works hard to make himself better. So I think he’ll be real similar [to Shockey] in a way.”

— Vinny Ditrani, The Record “Eagles love their rookie from Rutgers”

Lewis played 8-and-a-half seasons  for the Eagles (spending half a season with the Rams), retiring after the 2005 season. He finished his career with 229 catches and 23 TDs. Smith played six seasons with the Eagles and one season with the Ravens. He has been out of the league since being released by the Ravens after the 2009 season. Smith finished with 233 career catches and 18 TDs.

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