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Clay Harbor looking at new position to try to stick

Philadelphia Eagles v New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 05: Clay Harbor #82 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 5, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Eagles tight end Clay Harbor showed promise last year as a pass-catcher.

But he went from second in line to fourth in a hurry this offseason, and that traffic could send him to the other side of the ball.

According to Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Times, Harbor’s getting a look at outside linebacker to see if he can increase his chances of hanging around.

“I’m going to go out there and play as hard as I can and hopefully I’ll be able to help this team win,” Harbor said. “That’s really as far as I look into it. Obviously there’s a good chance that I could be somewhere else but right now I’m just focused on being the best player I can and helping this team win if it’s special teams, if it’s switching positions or playing a couple of different positions.

“I’m trying a little outside linebacker, actually, to be more versatile. So we’ll see how it works out.”

Harbor’s enough of an athlete, running a 4.58-second 40 at his pro day, with a 40-inch vertical leap. That makes them wonder how the 6-foot-3, 252-pounder can make the transition. “

It’s a new position,” Harbor said. “I’m just basically going through the beginning stages of it. Learning some coverages and learning just the defense — when I’m blitzing, when I’m covering, when I’m dropping into zone. Any way I can help the team is where my mindset is right now.”

That might not be on offense any more. The Eagles had a starter in Brent Celek, then signed free agent James Casey and drafted Zach Ertz in the second round.

And while the Eagles are going to use tight ends more this year, there still might not be enough opportunity for Harbor, so he’ll take it where it comes.