The Philadelphia Eagles made another practice squad tweak on Tuesday by releasing cornerback Ajene Harris and signing free agent cornerback Ryan Lewis.
Lewis, 25, is a Lancaster, Pennsylvania native who went undrafted after playing college football at Pittsburgh. Lewis originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals before then spending the majority of the 2017 regular season with the New England Patriots. Lewis was actually on the Pats’ practice squad back when the Eagles defeated them in Super Bowl LII (41-33, never forget).
Lewis was claimed by Buffalo Bills after the Patriots cut him in September 2018. He ended up making three starts in seven games played for Sean McDermott, logging 15 total tackles, three passes defensed, and two forced fumbles along the way.
Lewis failed to make the Bills’ final roster earlier this summer but the Colts claimed him off waivers. He was active for three games with Indianapolis before the Colts cut him last week.
The Eagles likely swapped out Harris for Lewis because the former isn’t very experienced. Harris originally signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent earlier this summer before later returning on the practice squad.
Experience matters to the Eagles since Ronald Darby (hamstring), Avonte Maddox (neck), and Sidney Jones (hamstring) are all currently dealing with injuries. It sure won’t be ideal if Lewis has to end up playing for Philly but he’s a theoretical upgrade on Harris in that emergency situation.
Lewis is the second corner the Eagles signed to their practice squad this week. The team added D.J. White to the club on Monday.
Current Eagles practice squad
CB Ryan Lewis
CB D.J. White
WR Greg Ward
QB Kyle Lauletta
RB Boston Scott
WR Marcus Green
TE Joshua Perkins
OG Sua Opeta
DT Bruce Hector
LB Alex Singleton