PHILADELPHIA - At 5-foot-8, and a probably way too generous 173 pounds, Eagles rookie receiver Britain Covey has grown fond of shocking people.The former Utah star was often electric with the ball in his hands at Mallex Smith Jersey the college level."I feel like my resume in college speaks for itself," Covey said. "I love the ball in my hands. You don't need to be tall. You don't need to be this crazy, big athlete. Once you get the ball in your hands, it's just happening and it's kind of a God-given ability."A natural underdog Covey traces his football succe s to the advice his grandfather once proffered. Theres a quote my grandpa used to say thats kind of been the motto of my career: Build on your strengths and then organize to make weakne ses become irrelevant, Covey said. If that sounds profound, understand Covey's Pop Pop wasn't just sitting in the backyard sipping on some lemonade. Stephen Covey was a noted self-help author whose sold over 20 million copies.And Britain is a living testament to his grandfather's advice. Covey, 25, remains a longshot when it comes to the Eagles' 53-man roster but at his size, to star with the Utes and populate the same WR room as A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor basically is the definition of a highly succe sful young person.Covey's an older rookie due to his college career being interrupted by a two-year LDS mi sion to Chile but he managed to pile up 184 receptions at Utah and had five returns for touchdowns (four punts and a kickoff). He also cro sed the 4,000-yard mark when it came to all-purpose yardage and even went 3-for-3 pa sing the football as a former high school quarterback, including a 64-yard score on a throwback to current Baltimore backup QB Tyler Huntley.Most players with that resume for that kind of school are celebrating after the NFL draft but Covey has a different hill to climb.Thats Erik Swanson Jersey kind of been the story of my whole life. A 5-8 kid who played quarterback in high school. My whole life Ive kind of had that underdog label and I think its led to my mentality," he said. One of the children watching Eagles practice a sumed Covey was the kicker and to be fair the Provo native could fit in the Jake Elliott (5-9, 167 pounds) suit.One of the kids Tim Beckham Jersey over here thought I was a kicker," Covey smiled. "... Its a positive thing because when you cant rely on size or this crazy athleticism you have to be very detailed, and I think thats what Ive kind of strived for in my whole career. Being very detailed, being very smart, and understanding where my advantages come from."Scroll to ContinueStill, as Chip Kelly once said when it comes to football: "We want taller, longer people because bigger people beat up little people."To date, Covey has been the exception at Timpview High School and with the Utes.So why not the Eagles?"I came in the first couple of weeks and I think I shocked people with how much better I was than I thought I would be and how I'm not intimidated," Covey said.In fact, Covey has always been an effective blocker despite his stature."Im not the guy whos going to block 250-pound linebackers, but I always ranked highest on my team in blocking because I was smart, he said. Its about leverage, its about running people off and understanding things like that."The obvious path for Covey in Philadelphia is the return game, which struggled mightily last season. He's currently taking reps as a punt returner behind Jalen Reagor and Greg Ward.I know thats a big reason I was brought in here, so that Ken Griffey Jersey s a big thing Im focusing on, Covey said. I got my start in the return game as a freshman at Utah by simply catching every punt so thats what Im focusing on right now, catching every single ball to the point where the coaches can trust me enough to put me out there."Covey has already gotten close to Ward, like Covey a former quarterback at the University of Houston before shifting to slot receiver."Having someone like Greg Ward in the room, such a great mentor Domingo Santana Jersey for me. Similar size. Really smart, a quarterback in college. I feel like we are a similar type of player and to be able to have him mentor me is great ," he said.Covey also believes former QBs have an advantage when playing receiver, especially in the slot."A lot of the great slot receivers in NFL have been quarterbacks at one time because you understand read progre sion and what the quarterback is thinking, leverage, different things like that so it makes a huge difference even at this level," he said."I think Im more physical with the ball in my hands than people think."With the preseason opener against the New York Jets set for Aug. 12, the next goal is for No. 41 to shock some people at Lincoln Financial Field.