Eagles GM Howie Roseman held a conference call last night. Here were the key takeaways.
On new safety David Sims
"He’s athletic, a solid tackler, and can play on special teams. He’s a guy that we’ve been following throughout the course of this preseason. We played the Browns in the preseason, and we have scouted him a lot as we get ready to play their game. We were happy to acquire him today."
Only only keeping 8 offensive lineman
"You always want a lot of offensive linemen. I think in the next 24-48 hours, that is an area that we’ll look at both on the active roster and certainly on the practice squad. When we talk about our roster, we talk about our 61 man roster – the 53 plus eight [practice squad players]. For us, we’re going to have enough depth at that position that we’ll feel adequately covered."
On Colt Anderson being activated off PUP
"I think you also have to add in that [S] Colt Anderson and the progress that he has shown for us to activate him off of PUP today. We’ll see when he is ready to go but we certainly think that by doing this he’ll be ready to play and contribute before that six week period would have started. We think Colt is one of, if not the best special teams players in the National Football League and he’s gotten some opportunities at safety and will continue to grow there. We’re excited to have him back on the practice field."
On keeping Chris Polk
"Well you talk about production and potential with Chris Polk and every time he touched the ball something positive happened. He really has the skill set that fits this offense. He can catch, he can pass protect, he can run inside and outside, and so for us once you get past really 40 [players] we’re trying to get the best guys that can come on our team and maybe last for a long period of time as we try to build it. Chris just did everything that was asked for to make this football team."
Roseman also said it was "safe to say" that Polk would have been signed elsewhere if he had been let go.