The Philadelphia Eagles announced a few roster moves prior to the start of training camp tomorrow, July 24.
First up: the Eagles released veteran cornerback Dwayne Gratz. Philadelphia signed Gratz during the 2016 season. The 27-year-old failed to impress in spring practices and now he’s gone.
The Eagles replaced Gratz’s roster spot by officially signing quarterback Dane Evans. Evans practiced with Philadelphia on a tryout basis at rookie minicamp and veteran minicamp. He’s likely just a camp arm, though he might have an opportunity to make the practice squad.
The Eagles placed both Beau Allen and Sidney Jones on the active/non-football injury (NFI) list. Allen suffered a pectoral injury while doing some offseason training in February. It’s unclear if he’ll be ready by Week 1 but there’s some hope he might be ready. Jones obviously suffered an Achilles injury during his pro day. It’s unclear when he’ll play in 2017, if at all.
The active/NFI designation means players can return to practice at any time once medically cleared. Players who participate in even one training camp practice are not eligible for NFI once the regular season begins, so the Eagles putting Allen and Jones on this list ensures they can be stored away in September if necessary. Allen and Jones still count against the Eagles’ 90-man roster.
None of these moves are surprising. The Eagles are just doing some housekeeping stuff before camp starts.