The Philadelphia Eagles signed offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson from the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad, according to an official announcement from the team on Tuesday afternoon. In order to make room for Hawkinson on Philadelphia's 53-man roster, the Eagles released backup center/guard Julian Vandervelde. This makes it about the billionth time Vandervelde has been cut by the Eagles. (Only the seventh time, actually.)
The 25-year-old Hawkinson measures in at 6-5, 300 pounds. The Cincinnati Bengals selected Hawkinson out of Kansas with a fifth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Hawkinson was active for a combined total of four games in 2013 and 2014. After being waived by the Bengals during final cuts in August 2015, the 49ers signed Hawkinson to their practice squad.
Hawkinson is one of seven offensive linemen on Philadelphia's roster. The team has five starters (Jason Peters, Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce, Matt Tobin, Lane Johnson) and three backups (Dennis Kelly, Josh Andrews, Hawkinson). The Eagles' newest addition will likely be inactive on game day so Hawkinson is essentially being stored on Philadelphia's roster, similar to what the Eagles did by signing Jerome Couplin from the Lions' practice squad last season.
With Peters and Johnson both playing through injury, it doesn't hurt to add another backup tackle to the main roster.
Hawkinson appears to be a good athlete:
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