Brett Toth is 6-6, 290. Next to Jordan Mailata, Halapoulivaati Vaita, and Jason Peters, he looked smaller, a lot smaller.
The Eagles newest offensive lineman, signed on Friday, reported for his first practice on Sunday, knowing immediately, without having to stand next to some of his new teammates that he already needs to pack on some weight.
“I’m looking to get to 315 as soon as possible,” said Toth. (wearing No. 66 in photo)
He doesn’t think it will take him long, not with the way the strength coaches and nutrition staff swarmed him like ants at a picnic right after he signed what was reported to be a three-year contract prior to the start of the weekend.
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Toth had been stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri after graduating from West Point. It was during the 2018 Senior Bowl when the Eagles first came in contact with Toth, particularly offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.
When President Donald Trump passed an initiative to allow military athletes to play professionally rather than spend four years fulfilling their military obligation, Toth filled out the paperwork and arrived in Philadelphia two weeks ago for a tryout, which led to a contract.with
Toth said he would continue with his military commitment by working with Temple University's ROTC program during moments that don't conflict with football.
“I’m just excited to get a chance to learn under coach Stoutland,” said Toth. “The offensive line here, everyone knows how deep the offensive line is and how good each position is. These are a group of guys you want to learn under.”
Toth said the Eagles will begin training him at tackle but he can learn the full spectrum of every positon along the offensive line, which puts him in play to perhaps become a guard at some point.
“He's athletic enough, he’s smart,” said head coach Doug Pederson. “We worked him out a couple weeks ago. I really think that he's a guy we can do that with.”
Peterson added, “(It’s) another opportunity there at tackle and guard just to kind of see where he's at,” said head coach Doug Pederson. “Another young, talented guy. Again, this is just a part of training camp. You make these moves, you make these roster moves, you swap players out all the time.
“As you get closer to the end of camp and you're near the end, you start looking at your roster, you start looking at possible practice squad, and different things. You want to have all the information to make educated decisions when the time comes.”
Toth will have his work cut out for him learning how to play football again, getting his weight up and learning the team’s offensive schemes, and he has just two weeks of preseason left to do it.
Like Pederson said, though, he is smart, and the Eagles don’t plan on gradually working him in.
“The quickest way to learn to swim is to get in the water,” said Toth.
There wasn’t much water at Eagles practice on Sunday, only withering heat and humidity. But the new guy s in the deep end of the pool, and he’s pumped about it.
“When you’re involved with training for the Army (it’s) hard to train as an offensive lineman, (and) I need to get within height and weight regulations within the Army,” said Toth. “You don’t want an offensive lineman that’s down to 260 so whenever I could I was getting into the strength room, (but) just have to get all the movement and techniques back.”
The crash courses will ramp up even further on Monday and Tuesday when Toth and the Eagles welcome to Baltimore Ravens for joint practices.