The Philadelphia Eagles opened up a roster spot on Monday evening by placing injured veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans on the season-ending injured reserve list. In a corresponding move, the team announced the signing of veteran safety Chris Prosinski.
This move doesn't exactly come as a surprise. The Eagles reportedly brought Prosinski in for a visit last week. Here's what I wrote at the time:
Prosinski, 27, was originally drafted by the Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft. The fourth-year veteran was waived/injured by Jacksonville in late September after suffering an elbow injury. Prosinski played in 48 games for the Jaguars but only started nine. He's recorded 72 career tackles to go with one interception, six passes defensed, and one fumble recovery.
If the reaction to Prosinski's departure in Jacksonville by Jaguars fans is any indication, the veteran safety likely isn't being looked at by Philadelphia to come in as a starter. Prosinski could give the Eagles depth at the position, however, which could be needed if Nate Allen's day-to-day hamstring injury proves to be problematic. It's also worth nothing Prosinski led the Jaguars in special teams tackles in 2013 with seven solo stops and two assisted tackles.
So instead of opting for more inside linebacker depth, the Eagles wanted an extra body at safety and special teams. It appears Philadelphia is content with letting the trio of Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho, and rookie Marcus Smith II fill in for Ryans. With Matthews and Acho playing more snaps on defense, Prosinski can replace their special teams snaps.
This won't be the last roster move the Eagles make this week. With left guard Evan Mathis set to officially return from the injured reserve this week, Philadelphia will need to clear up a roster spot in order to make space for him. Stay tuned.