The Eagles are 3-1 and off to a terrific start. That’s great, but good teams are never satisfied with the roster. They continually see who is out there that might help the team now, or in the future.
#Eagles worked out LBs Eric Pinkins, Lamar Louis, and James Burgess.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) October 10, 2016
Pinkins was a 6-3, 215 DB that got drafted by Seattle and converted into a LB. He is now in the 230-pound range.
Louis is a UDFA rookie who stuck with the Cardinals this year and then got cut. He started 17 games at LSU. He is 6-0, 231 and is athletic.
Burgess is also a UDFA rookie. He was cut by the Dolphins. He was a good coverage LB at Louisville and goes 5-11, 227.
This tells you the Eagles are looking for LBs that are athletic and cover well. They are looking for guys who could play WLB, where Mychal Kendricks is struggling right now. These guys are on the street for a reason, but they do have potential. We’ll see if the team decides to make a move on any of them down the road.
#Eagles add CB Duke Thomas & LB Don Cherry to practice squad. FB Andrew Bonnet and G Darrell Greene released from practice squad.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 11, 2016
Cherry has been on the PS this year. He is a MLB. I don’t think he’ll ever push for a roster spot, but he obviously must be a good practice player at the least. And that is valuable in the NFL.
Thomas is interesting. He started for 3 years at Texas and played CB and NB. He lacks ideal size at 5-10, 184, but watch him and you’ll see the kind of DB that Jim Schwartz likes. Here are some highlights.
Thomas can hit and tackle. Aggressive player. Plays the ball well. Had 7 career picks and 20 PBUs. Active, emotional DB.
He was injured this summer and the Texans let him go. Looks like he’s healthy now and the Eagles are interested, with JaCorey Shepherd off to the Niners active roster.
As to the cuts, not sure what they mean. This is Bonnet’s first cut. Greene has been on and off the roster all year. The team likes him but also is trying to have another player on the roster so they take turns cutting the guys. Maybe Thomas will take that role. It isn’t ideal for the players, but as long as they are paid, I’m sure they can handle it.