Tuesday marked the day when NFL teams had to cut their roster down 53 players. Honestly, some good players did get cut, but the final roster looks strong. Here are some interesting notes on the Eagles’ 53-man roster.
Eagles claim Ian Book off Waivers
Jalen Hurts and Gardner Minshew making the final roster is not a surprise. However, there was a change within the third quarterback spot. Reid Sinnett got waived on Tuesday, which a lot of people saw coming. The Eagles got off to hot starts with Minshew and Hurts under center, but stalled when Sinnett got subbed in. He was inaccurate and really did not complete a lot of passes. However, he had some good moments such that long pass to Devon Allen for a touchdown or almost winning that game against the Jets. He didn’t work out for the Eagles, but he probably will get another shot with another team
Now, the Eagles have a new quarterback at third string which is former Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book. He started one game for the Saints and went 12 of 20 for 135 yards and two interceptions.
Rookie tight end makes the Team
Former SMU tight end Grant Calcaterra made it through the roster cuts on Tuesday. He did not get any receptions until the final preseason game against the Dolphins. He had two receptions for 30 yards. Calcaterra played for three years at Oklahoma before his final year at SMU, which was his best season in college. He had 465 yards in receptions and five touchdowns. Calcaterra has good hands, and he is big at six foot four and weighs 264 pounds. He uses his big frame to his advantage by breaking tackles and getting a few more yards after the catch. It will be interesting to see if he can transfer his success to the NFL.
Jalen Reagor traded
As of yesterday, it seemed like the Eagles were going to keep Jalen Reagor. Howie Roseman said nothing but nice things about him in an interview. Roseman said “The guy brought it every day. He worked on his craft. He had a great attitude, great energy. Obviously, he’s a talented guy. He’s 23 years old.”
However, it seems like the Eagles had another plan in place. Yesterday evening, Reagor was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2023 seventh round pick and a 2024 conditional fourth round pick. Maybe he will do better in Minnesota with the change of coaching staff and scenery.
Eagles trade C.J. Gardner Johnson
The Eagles made more moves as the Eagles traded for CJ Gardner Johnson and a New Orleans seventh-round draft pick. In return, New Orleans got a fifth-round draft pick and a two sixth round draft picks.
Gardener-Johnson had 46 total tackles, three interceptions, and two sacks last year in Orleans. This trade has really improved an already great secondary. It will be exciting to see what Gardner- Johnson can do in the future.
Other players who did and did not make the final cut
Former Middle Tennessee safety Reed Blankenship made the team after being an undrafted rookie free agent. He had six tackles during the Dolphins game and multiple more throughout the preseason. Furthermore, Deon Cain who was the standout out wide receiver during the Browns game was waived by Eagles. In addition, Devon Allen and Britain Covey were both signed to the practice squad. This concludes some interesting notes on the Eagles 53-man roster.