Instant analysis: Eagles sign former Chiefs TE and waive a linebacker

After the Jonathan Cyprien bombshell earlier, the Eagles officially confirmed a move of a different kind. Waiving UDFA LB Joey Alfieri, the Eagles signed former Chiefs and Jags TE Alex Ellis in a corresponding move.

Ellis was on the Chiefs roster last season after stints with the Jags, Titans, and Saints. The former UDFA out of Tennessee stands at 6’4, 236 lbs and steps into a tight end room where he’ll likely be competing with Joshua Perkins for a spot on the bottom of the depth chart.

Don’t write him off, though. The Eagles brought back Richard Rodgers this offseason and will likely run more 13-personnel sets. This, in turn, will mean that with Ertz and Goedert becoming offensive focal points, depth behind the duo is needed as if one were to go down, even 12-personnel looks could become wary. Perkins has an uphill battle to make the roster but has been receiving notable special teams work. Ellis will spice up that competition as someone that has been in a variety of different locker rooms and is used to fighting with his back to the wall.

At 6’3, 239 lbs, Joey Alfieri joined T.J Edwards as one of the prize pickings in this year’s UDFA crop, but failed to make any real noise in the offseason. CFL standout Alex Singleton has been the man stealing the spotlight, perhaps giving the Eagles the confidence to part ways with Alfieri.

The Eagles will be back at the NovaCare Complex for another Training Camp practice tomorrow.

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