Eagles sign 9 rookies

The Eagles signed nine of their 11 draft picks Wednesday, including second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett. Each player agreed on four-year rookie contracts. First-rounder Danny Watkins and seventh-rounder Greg Lloyd remain unsigned. Players without contracts can’t report to training camp.

On a related note, Eagles coach Andy Reid mentioned Watkins as his projected starter at right guard. He also admitted that rookies would be at a disadvantage in camp due to the shortened offseason.

“It will be a catch-up game for them [the rookies,” said Reid, before later adding that if a player misses time, it gives someone else an opportunity to get better.

Jarrett (6-foot, 196 lbs.), who is expected to compete for a starting job at safety, joined cornerback Curtis Marsh (6-foot, 197), linebacker Casey Matthews (6-1, 177), kicker/punter Alex Henery (6-1, 177), running back Dion Lewis (5-8, 195), guard Julian Vandervelde (6-2, 300), center/guard Jason Kelce (6-3, 282), linebacker Brian Rolle (5-10, 227) and fullback Stanley Havili (6-foot, 230).

Henery is expected to replace David Akers as the team’s starting place-kicker.

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