Hart, 26, moved to offensive tackle this offseason after failing to amount to much as a defensive tackle in the NFL. He exceeded very low expectations by pushing for a roster spot but ultimately was released in final cuts.
Several Eagles reporters had the Eagles keeping Hart in their final roster projections. The feeling here is he would’ve made the practice squad if he was still eligible, which he is not.
Hart is hardly a savior in light of the Jason Peters injury. But he gives the team more depth at the position. Here’s what Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said about Hart during his Wednesday press conference.
“All my grades on Taylor, when he was here, were very high. It’s a tough business. There are only so many [roster] spots. But I was very impressed with Taylor through OTAs and training camp and thought he showed a lot of good signs.”
Halapoulivaati Vaitai is still likely to start at left tackle with Lane Johnson potentially staying at right tackle. Isaac Seumalo is currently the backup swing tackle, but the Eagles could look to use Hart there instead. Or Hart could be Seumalo’s backup in that role.
As of this post, the Eagles still haven’t officially announced the Hart signing. Both Peters and Jordan Hicks are expected to be placed on injured reserve today, which will free up two roster spots. We know Hart will replace Peters, but there’s no word on who will replace Hicks just yet.
UPDATE: It’s official.