Saturday, August 1, 2015

Eagles reportedly work out 5 players

The Eagles are still tweaking their 53-man roster and reportedly worked out five players this week. Plus one more nugget on DeSean Jackson's punt return.

Eagles reportedly work out 5 players

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Update: The Eagles have placed return man Jorrick Calvin on IR. Two of the guys on this list (Clifton Smith and Justin Miller) have value as kick returners.

From earlier:

The Eagles have only two regular-season games left, but Andy Reid, Howie Roseman and the crew are still tweaking their 53-man roster.

The Birds have worked out five players this week, according to Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com: TE DajLeon Farr, RB/KR Clifton Smith, DT Tom Johnson, CB/KR Justin Miller and S Geoff Tisdale.

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The Eagles made roster moves this week. They placed Nate Allen on IR, waived Garrett Mills and promoted defensive tackle Jeff Owens off their practice squad.

The Birds also signed safety Jamar Adams and tight end Cornelius Ingram to the practice squad.

Farr started his college career with Miami before transferring to Memphis. He's had stints with the Chargers and Cowboys since going undrafted last year.

Smith spent time with the Browns earlier this season, but was waved at the end of November.

Johnson and Tisdale last played in the CFL.

And finally, Miller was a second-round draft pick by the Jets in 2005. He signed with the Cardinals in the spring but was released before the season.

DID EAGLES DODGE A PENALTY?

It seems like something new is revealed each day about the Eagles' stunning comeback win against the Giants Sunday.

Chris Chase on Yahoo Sports' Shutdown Corner blog points out that the Eagles could have been called for a penalty for having several of their players run onto the field as DeSean Jacskon tiptoed along the goal line at the end of his punt return.

As Chase points out (and credits Ball Hyped for first noticing), this has been a hot issue after Jets strength coach Sal Alosi tripped the Dolphins' Nolan Carroll in Week 14. All 32 teams were sent a memo detailing sideline guidelines.

Can you imagine if the return had been called back for that?

As the photo in the link above shows, the Eagles had at least seven players run onto the field before Jackson crossed the goal line.

UPDATE: Good point by those of you who have mentioned that Tom Coughlin was on the field (and perhaps some Giants players too).

And one more thing. A few of you have e-mailed me about this so it bears mentioning. Omar Gaither threw a key block on the return that created a domino effect. He shoved one Giants player, who ran into another player, who ran into another player. Gaither took out three of them with one block.

But was it legal? Some of you have contended that it looked like a block in the back. It's close, but after looking at it a few more times, I think Gaither got the first guy on the side.

Take a look below. The 1:28 mark provides a pretty good angle.

Earlier today, I posted What they're saying about the Eagles.


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