The Philadelphia Eagles made a BIG roster move prior to the Week 13 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Just kidding. They only made a change to the practice squad.
The Eagles placed safety Harold Jones-Quartey, who signed with Philadelphia on November 14, on the “practice squad injured list,” which is apparently a thing. It doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of clarity how this list works.
In any event, placing HJQ on the injured list freed up a practice squad spot for free agent center Jon Toth.
It might not seem like it, but Toth is actually an interesting addition for the Eagles.
Toth measures in at 6-5, 310 pounds. He didn’t miss a single game in four years at Kentucky. Sports Illustrated ranked him as the fourth overall center prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. ESPN had him fourth as well. He was their No. 169 prospect overall. Nice.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein projected Toth to be a late Day 3 pick.
Toth is a tough, four-year starter. Will appeal to teams looking for centers who can operate in a power-based rushing scheme. While he's better in a phone booth than on the move, he understands his limitations and does a good job of staying within himself. He's not the best athlete at the position but his size, arm length, strength and consistency should outweigh that on the next level. Toth has the traits and ability to be an eventual starter in the NFL.
He went undrafted, however.
Toth had some teams interested in signing him as an undrafted free agent, but a sudden back injury prevented that from happening. Toth had surgery on a disc in his lower back over the summer. It would seem he’s healthy now.
The addition of Toth gives the Eagles more long-term competition at center. Jason Kelce, who turned 30 last month, is currently having a fantastic season after suffering two down years. Stefen Wisniewski and Isaac Seumalo are his backups. Practice squad blocker Josh Andrews also has center experience.
Toth might not amount to anything but he’s worth a no-risk flyer.
UPDATED LOOK AT THE 2017 EAGLES PRACTICE SQUAD
C John Toth
S Tre Sullivan
DT Justin Hamilton
WR Rashard Davis
CB D.J. Killings
WR Greg Ward Jr.
CB DeVante Bausby
C/G Josh Andrews
TE Billy Brown
OT Dillon Gordon
PRACTICE SQUAD INJURED LIST
S Harold Jones-Quartey