GAINESVILLE -- Concerns still remain about the health of Cornelius Ingram's surgically repaired left knee. Ingram, the Gators' former tight end, fell to the fifth round on Sunday of the 2009 NFL Draft before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.
"We think he should be able to do it," Reid said. "We're going to take it real easy on him. I've got a great trainer, Rick Burkholder, and he'll bring [Ingram] in with our docs and make sure that he's good to go for the mini-camp, which we have a mini-camp this next weekend, so he's going to get thrown right into the fire. He's very talented kid and he sure looked good in his workouts."
Ingram tore his ACL last summer and spent the year rehabilitating his knee and preparing for the 2009 NFL Combine. He ran a 4.68 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in February. Ingram returned to school for the 2008 season in part to improve his skills as a blocking tight end. The injury robbed Ingram of that opportunity, so now Ingram's first year in the league will likely include plenty of instruction from the Eagles' coaching staff.
"I had [Ingram] as the third-best tight end in this class," said ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. "Not a great blocker, obviously. Basically a rocked-up wide receiver with very good hands."
Despite the injury, McShay said that Ingram was "a great pick -- the best pick of the fifth round."