Eagles sign former Bengals wideout ahead of week one clash in Detroit

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CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 30: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate (19) warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cincinnati Bengals on September 30, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles have made some minor roster moves ahead of their season-opening clash with the Detroit Lions.

The departures

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the Eagles are releasing Reid Sinnett. His preseason efforts were underwhelming at best and it didn’t take Philadelphia long to add another developmental arm in the way of former Notre Dame QB, Ian Book.

As for Perine, there was some intrigue from fans when it came to his arrival because of the lack of depth in the backfield. That wrong was soon righted with the arrival of Trey Sermon.

This left the Eagles with a pair of practice squad spots to fill and they were able to do a good job in finding names with high upsides to do just that.

Auden Tate

This name comes as a surprise. Tate is still 25-years-old and has 799 receiving yards to his name since being drafted in the seventh round back in 2018.

He’s 6’5, 280 lbs, and could absolutely be another wideout the Eagles decide to trial at tight end, or potentially fill the boots of JJAW as a big-bodied receiver who can be impactful down inside the 20.

Tate previously spent time with the Bengals and Falcons, being released by Atlanta ahead of the final roster cuts after failing to make an impact following his signing in March.

He clearly has potential. His best year came in 2019 where 575 of those 799 yards came in one season.

The Eagles have plenty of depth at wide receiver but having a name on the practice squad who fills a niche and could benefit learning from a guy like A.J Brown is definitely a smart acqusition.

Dalton Keene

Keene was drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft and is still only 23-years-old. He stands at 6’5, 251 lbs, and missed the entire 2021 campaign due to an injury. As a rookie, he caught 3 passes for 16 yards.

The Eagles have no real designated TE option behind Dallas Goedert and Keene is someone who could at least be afforded an opportunity to compete in a room with other developmental names.

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Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire