One day after parting ways with undrafted rookie free agent Khalil Tate, the Eagles also officially released Trevor Williams and waived Keegan Render. The roster is now down to 87.
It’s at least somewhat surprising that Williams is a goner. Look at what we recently wrote about him:
Williams is an interesting under-the-radar player on the roster. The 26-year-old has 27 career starts in 39 games played. Injury issues have hampered him over the past two years but maybe he’s finally healthy and ready to push for a backup spot. Could be a quality depth piece to have on the team.
Williams did arguably have seven corners ahead of him on the depth chart. The Eagles also signed four undrafted rookie free agent defensive backs. Getting a look at those young guys, one of which could theoretically emerge as a long-term piece (Grayland Arnold?), was seemingly prioritized over trying to spend time on Williams as a reclamation project. It’s just too bad he got caught up in an unusual offseason and didn’t have a chance to earn a post.
Render’s departure, meanwhile, doesn’t come as a surprise. He was just a camp body to help fill some third string center reps.
The Eagles might not be done trimming their roster. They might try to get down to 80 players or even lower in order to better comply with the NFL’s social distancing requirements.
UPDATE: Looks like seven more roster moves will be coming.
Updates from NFLPA call with players tonight:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 21, 2020
- No preseason games in 2020
- Union still pushing for longer ramp-up period in camp
- Roster sizes expected to be 80 to start camp
- General agreement on voluntary and high-risk opt-out
- General agreement on stipend if games lost