Eagles make a flurry of minor roster moves: All you need to know

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INGLEWOOD, CA – JANUARY 03: KeeSean Johnson #19 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams on January 03, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Kevin Reece/Icon Sportswire)

WIth the 53-man roster confirmed, the Philadelphia Eagles proceeded to make a few roster moved on Thursday.

It was widely assumed that TE Tyree Jackson would end up on IR anyway, but both Josiah Scott and Jack Driscoll will be joining him, which is something very few saw coming. Both are depth pieces so won’t be causing any immediate problems, but it is something worth nothing.

The Eagles signed DT Hassan Ridgeway to the 53-man roster, leaving two vacated spots. Ridgeway lost a duel with seven-year veteran T.Y McGill this offseason, but still has some solid upside as a rotational interior rusher. He first joined the team in 2018 as part of a late-round trade with the Indianapolis Colts.

The team also had two spots free on their practice squad, so we’ll likely see two players lifted up to the 53-man roster to balance things out. Here’s everything you need to know about the three players signed to the 16-man unit:

DT Marvin Wilson

Wilson played collegiate ball at FSU. He failed to make the Browns roster after a disappointing training camp. In 2019, he amassed 44 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 4 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. His 2020 form was very different and his draft stock plummeted as a result, but maybe the Eagles could harness his potential.

TE Nick Eubanks

Interestingly, Eubanks was waived by the Dallas Cowboys of all teams as part of their roster cutdown process. This came as a surprise as he looked great during the team’s preseason finale, catching three passes for 29 yards and leading the team in targets.

At 6’4, 256 lbs, Eubanks joined the Cowboys as a UDFA out of Michigan, which means he has plenty of experience in a pro-style offense. He’s more of a pass-catching TE than an in-line blocker and while he has some strong athletic traits, has struggled with hands in the past despite seeing a lot of attention from his QB. He’ll be a fun project to keep an eye on.

WR Keesean Johnson

Not to be confused with Keyshawn Johnson, Fresno State’s all-time leader in both key receiving metrics was drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he notched four starts and ended up amassing 65 targets over his opening two years in the league, amassing 173 yards in his second.

He’s a Z-receiver at 6’1 and a little over 200 lbs, and was simply the victim of a crowded room in Arizona. Johnson is not exactly going into a much better situation.

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