Eagles waive LB Joe Ostman and bring roster down to 80

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 22: Philadelphia Eagles helmet sits on a cart during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagle on December 22, 2019, at Lincoln Financial Filed in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Eagles had one more roster move to make after last night’s quartet in order to get to the 80-player limit that sets in at 4PM today. The team announced that they have waived/injured Joe Ostman, meaning that he will revert to their IR if he passes waivers.

Ostman had been around the team for quite some time having previously caught on as an undrafted defensive end in 2018. He’s battled to make the roster ever since but has been plagued with injuries.

This year, the team tried something different. Jonathan Gannon’s hybrid defense demanded a different skillset out of his players, and Ostman switched things up by working at the SAM linebacker position. He had a relatively quiet Summer, But played 22 snaps during the preseason opener, with the majority still being down on the defensive front, although he saw 8 in the box and even played a snap in the slot.

Shortly after, he picked up a concussion and this may have ultimately led to the decision to waive/injure him.

It’s also probably a sign that rookie LB Patrick Johnson is impressing, if the team are willing to keep his cards much closer to their chest.

Ostman is the latest player to be waived with such a designation, joining Harry Crider, Hakeem Butler, Lavert Hill, and Jhamon Ausbon, who were all waived last night.

The Eagles now have until next Tuesday to bring their roster down to 53, meaning that this week’s preseason game is even more important for those on the roster bubble as there is no fourth opportunity as there was in previous years.

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