Eagles make a flurry of roster moves and trade former second-round picK: All you need to know

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NFL: DEC 29 Eagles at Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 29: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (19) prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 29, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Nick Sirianni and the Eagles held a light walkthrough on Monday after running a full practice the day before. The walkthrough was closed to the media as the team gets ready to head out to Cleveland for two away joint practices later this week. 

Like many other teams in today’s NFL, the Eagles have become more and more focused on joint practices instead of the preseason. This philosophical change has been so swift that the league even reduced the preseason schedule from 4 to 3 games per team.

Last season, the Eagles practiced with two AFC teams, the Patriots and the Jets. This year sees another two AFC franchises, the Browns and the Dolphins, take up the fight. The Eagles practice in Cleveland on Wednesday and Thursday before the second preseason game on Sunday the 21st.

Eagles Roster Updates

Today is the last day before the first roster cut deadline of the season. By Tuesday the 16th of August at 4PM, all NFL teams have to get down from 90 players to 85. So far, the Eagles have made 3 roster moves to get down to the threshold, with at least 2 more moves in the coming hours.

So far, offensive lineman William Dunkle and linebacker Ali Fayad have been released. Both players were undrafted free agents signed early in the offseason right after the draft. Wide receiver Keric Wheatfall was also waived and then placed on the team’s injured reserve, opening up another roster spot as well.

Wide receiver turned tight end J.J. Arcega Whiteside was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for defensive back Ugo Amadi. Amadi has had a tough time transitioning to the NFL game with only 1 interception and 125 total tackles in his 3-year career. It is a low-risk move for both clubs involved and two players are looking for a fresh start after failing to catch on at the next level.

Eagles Injury Updates

After a somewhat lengthy absence, DeVonta Smith was finally taken off the injured list and seemed to shine in his first practice back. His groin injury didn’t seem to be too serious and if this is the Smith the Eagles are going to get all season, being cautious was worth it.

Landon Dickerson, Jaquiski Tartt, and Kenneth Gainwell were all welcomed back to practice today as well.

Grant Calcaterra (hamstring), Le’Raven Clark (hamstring) Christian Ellis (hamstring), Javon Hargrave (toe), Jason Kelce (elbow), Jared Mayden (ankle), Miles Sanders (leg soreness), Boston Scott (concussion), Greg Ward (toe) were all out of the teams latest practice. Sanders is the most notable addition here but hopefully it turns out to be nothing serious. 

Britain Covey (thumb), John Hightower (groin), Jimmy Moreland (ankle) were all limited in practice. Covey injured himself in the preseason game against the Jets but it’s a good sign he was able to return to practice so quickly after getting hurt.

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire