The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced three moves on Wednesday. An overview:
- LB Christian Elliss was waived.
- WR Greg Ward was signed to the practice squad.
- WR Cam Sims was released from the practice squad.
Let’s sort through this news on a player-by-player basis.
The Eagles needed to open a roster spot to officially sign Shaquille Leonard and here they have it.
Elliss is gone just a few days after starting at linebacker and playing a season-high snap count percentage (75%). Elliss certainly struggled against the San Francisco 49ers but he wasn’t even necessarily the worst player at his position with Nicholas Morrow looking worse.
But the Eagles’ coaching staff previously demonstrated that they didn’t trust Elliss to play on defense. After logging rotational defensive snaps in the Eagles’ first three games, Elliss didn’t see meaningful playing time again until Zach Cunningham got hurt in Week 11.
Elliss’ exit seemingly signals good news for Cunningham’s chances of returning against the Dallas Cowboys after missing one game due to a hamstring injury. It also points to Leonard playing in his first game since signing with Philly.
Cunningham, Leonard, Morrow, and Ben VanSumeren are now the four off-ball linebackers on the Eagles’ roster. They also have Brandon Smith on the practice squad.
Elliss might return on the PS if/when he clears waivers. In that event, the Eagles could temporarily elevate him up to three times if they want to have him available on game day.
The Eagles surprisingly cut Ward last week to make room for Sims on the practice squad. They’ve now undone that move.
Sims is gone six days after signing with the Birds’ practice squad.