Saturday, February 13, 2016

Prater coming, Marsh going, Harbor to Jags

The day-after-cutdown-day roster churn started for the Eagles with their successful waiver claim of Bengals CB Shaun Prater. Curtis Marsh was waived. Clay Harbor was claimed by Jacksonville.

Prater coming, Marsh going, Harbor to Jags

The Eagles have claimed Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Shaun Prater. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
The Eagles have claimed Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Shaun Prater. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) AP

With a new coaching staff and quite a few new people in personnel, the Eagles are likely to continue indefinitely tweaking Chip Kelly's first Eagles roster.

The adjustments began Sunday when the Eagles announced they'd been awarded Cincinnati corner Shaun Prater on waivers. To make room, the team waived/injured corner Curtis Marsh, who has a broken hand. Marsh, a third-round pick in 2011, continues two alarming trends -- the Eagles have spent the better part of a decade missing on third-rounders, and the 2011 draft looks increasingly awful, with the players taken in the top three rounds all gone (Danny Watkins, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Marsh).

The only third-round picks on the Eagles' roster are the guys from the last two years, quarterback Nick Foles and defensive lineman Bennie Logan. The last proven player of note the Eagles drafted in the third round was Brian Westbrook in 2002.

Prater, meanwhile, was a fifth-round pick out of Iowa in 2012 who lost his rookie season to a knee injury. The Bengals, expected to field one of the AFC's toughest defenses this season, were very deep at corner. Prater is 5-10, 190.

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Marsh was a converted running back from Utah State who had size (6-1, 197) and speed but never seemed to demonstrate those attributes very effectively, even on special teams.

Meanwhile, tight end Clay Harbor, cut by the Eagles Saturday, was among seven players claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who also snapped up Eagles linebacker Chris McCoy. Wideout Russell Shepard tweeted that he was joing the Tampa Bay Bucs.

The Eagles also named players to four of the eight practice squad spots: Tackle Michael Bamiro, LB Travis Long, WR Greg Salas and RB Matthew Tucker.

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