The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced four roster moves before practice on Wednesday morning. An overview:
CB Trevor Williams
DT T.Y. McGill
LB Dante Olson
ADDED TO INJURED RESERVE
TE Josh Perkins
We previously wrote about the Williams re-signing earlier this week.
The Eagles originally signed Williams, a Penn State alumnus, to a reserve/future contract back in January. He figured to be an interesting dark horse candidate to make the roster given that he’s made 27 starts in 36 career games played.
But the Eagles released Williams in late July in order to get their 90-man offseason roster down to the new 80-player mandate brought about by COVID-19. The thought was that they didn’t have enough reps to give him as much as they might be interested in evaluating their younger players instead.
Williams is back now, though, and it’s unclear exactly what motivated the Eagles to make this move. They do have one notable cornerback injury with Sidney Jones missing five straight days of practice. But all the other guys at that position seem to be healthy so it’s not like the team is desperately in need of bodies there.
As for McGill, he was actually on the Eagles for a brief stint during the 2018 season. The Eagles cut DeAndre Carter to make room for him at the time. Perhaps the Eagles wanted another defensive tackle body with Javon Hargrave missing practice. One would think he’s a long shot to make the team.
Olson wasn’t really standing out in camp. There was thought he could sneak on to the roster or practice squad since the Eagles are so thin at linebacker ... but he also received the lowest guarantee of the team’s UDFA signings. So it shouldn’t be shocking that he’s gone.
The Eagles are down to six linebackers with Olson gone: Nathan Gerry, Duke Riley, T.J. Edwards, Shaun Bradley, Davion Taylor, and Alex Singleton.
On Sunday, the Eagles announced that Perkins is “out indefinitely” with some kind of upper body injury. It’s unclear exactly how he got hurt but what we do know now is he’s out for the entire 2020 season. You can’t return a player from injured reserve when you put them on IR before roster cuts down to 53.
Perkins’ injury potentially opens the door for undrafted rookie free agent Noah Togiai to make the team behind top two tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. The Eagles also have Caleb Wilson and Tyrone Swoopes at that position.