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Eagles sign offensive lineman away from the Football Team’s practice squad

Take that, Washington.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have “agreed to” sign offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher away from the Washington Football Team’s practice squad, according to an official announcement from the team.

“Agreed to” is being used here, I presume, since the Eagles currently don’t have an open spot on their 53-man roster. But they will soon once they place Rodney McLeod, who is out for the season due to an ACL tear, on injured reserve.

Pierschbacher (pronounced “Peersh-BAY-ker”) was originally selected by Washington in the fifth round (No. 153 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He only played 12 special teams snaps as a rookie before getting waived during this year’s cuts ahead of Week 1. Pierschbacher re-signed with Washington’s practice squad.

Pierschbacher played at both guard spots and center in college at Alabama. He actually spent some limited time snapping to Jalen Hurts back in 2018. Pierschbacher also has some offensive tackle experience dating back to high school.

The Eagles “lost” two offensive lineman under team control last week by cutting Jamon Brown and placing Jason Peters on injured reserve. Adding Pierschbacher to the fold gives them an extra interior offensive line body. It also gives the Eagles revenge for Washington claiming Casey Toohill on waivers after Philly foolishly waived him.

Here’s a scouting report on the 25-year-old blocker via The Draft Network:

A four-year starter for Alabama, Pierschbacher projects best to playing center in the NFL despite having experience at guard. Featuring a likable athletic profile, Pierschbacher has good lateral mobility and executes well on the move. Technically speaking, Pierscbacher is sound and his overall body control is ideal. With that said, Pierschbacher’s valuation is tempered on account of modest functional strength and he may be capped physically. Pierschbacher should be able to provide versatile depth and serve as a spot starter at the next level.