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Eagles work out former New England safety ahead of Patriots game


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The Philadelphia Eagles worked out free agent safety A.J. Howard on Monday, per NFL insider Adam Caplan.

Howard was recently released after spending a week on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad. Prior to that short stint, Howard was a member of the New England Patriots. You know, the team that the Eagles are scheduled play this weekend. Hmm.

The 23-year-old Howard originally signed to the Patriots’ practice squad back in January and remained with the team until final cuts took place. So, the 2018 undrafted rookie free agent spent an entire offseason with New England.

I don’t think Howard’s status as a former member of Philly’s Week 11 opponent is the only reason the Eagles brought him in for a visit. The Eagles cut Andrew Sendejo last week so it’s entirely plausible they’re kicking the tires on some free agent safety options.

With that said, I’m sure the Eagles didn’t mind picking Howard’s brain on his experience with the Pats.

We’ll see if the Eagles end up adding Howard to their practice squad at some point. They currently have four safeties on the 53-man roster with Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Rudy Ford, and the recently acquired Marcus Epps.

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