On Wednesday, the Eagles announced a few surprising roster moves. They waived three players, two of which were expected to compete for a roster spot during training camp.
Undrafted rookie free agents Trevon Grimes out of Florida and Jamie Newman of Georgia were both waived on Wednesday, along with former quarterback turned wideout Khalil Tate.
Grimes was seen by many fans as the prized possession of the Eagles undrafted free agents this offseason. Standing at 6-foot-4 and posting a 40-yard-dash time of 4.5 seconds, Grimes has all the physical tools you want in a wide receiver. Unfortunately, the Florida product recently underwent knee surgery, causing him to miss all of the OTA practices with the Eagles.
Grimes was waived with an injury designation, which means if he clears waivers, he’ll end up back on the Eagles and be placed on Injured Reserve. Chances are he’ll be back on the team, and hopefully he’ll be ready to go once the team reports for training camp on July 27.
As for Newman, the former Wake Forest and Georgia quarterback was another intriguing undrafted free agent signing by the Eagles. With Nate Sudfeld no longer on the team, the need for a third quarterback behind Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco was apparent.
Newman seemed like a low-risk, high-reward signing at the time, but after the coaching staff had the opportunity to see him perform during OTAs, I guess they saw all they needed to see. He had an impressive college career, throwing for 26 touchdowns and posting a passer rating of 145.3 during his final year of play.
Now with Newman out of the picture, the Eagles will need to bring in another quarterback to fill the QB3 vacancy, preferably before training camp gets underway.
The third roster move, waiving Khalil Tate, isn’t all that surprising. The Eagles originally brought Tate onboard following the 2020 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent. He never saw the field for the team last season and they decided to bring him back on a Reserve/Futures deal. But, it seems like his time in Philly has come to a close.
With training camp just over a month away, I’m sure we’ll see some more tinkering of the roster in the weeks to come.
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