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Philadelphia Eagles waive former Arizona Wildcats star Khalil Tate before start of camp
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Philadelphia Eagles waive former Arizona Wildcats star Khalil Tate before start of camp

Tate's transition from quarterback to receiver hits a speed bump as the Eagles release him

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'I would bet on him as a wide receiver in the NFL,' said Pac-12 Networks analyst Yogi Roth of Khalil Tate, who signed with the Eagles in late April.

It’s going to be that much harder for Khalil Tate to get his NFL career going after the Philadelphia Eagles waived the former Arizona Wildcat on Monday.

Following a spectacular but inconsistent career as a dual-threat quarterback at the UA, Tate was not selected in the 2020 NFL draft. He subsequently signed with the Eagles as a wide receiver.

However, neither Tate nor any rookie has had a chance to work out at club facilities, or practice with teammates or coaches, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Also, multiple reports from early July suggested the NFL might trim training-camp rosters from 90 players to 75 or 80 – potentially hurting undrafted free agents. Rookies are supposed to report Tuesday.

Tate passed for 6,318 yards and rushed for 2,285 – including 1,411 as a sophomore in 2017 – during his time at Arizona. He accounted for 75 touchdowns.

Tate had hoped to make an impression on NFL clubs during Arizona’s pro day after working with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, but the event was canceled because of the pandemic.

Many college quarterbacks have turned themselves into pro receivers, but Tate never got a chance to display those skills during a camp setting.

Contact sports reporter Michael Lev at 573-4148 or mlev@tucson.com. On Twitter @michaeljlev 

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