Philadelphia Eagles: adrian robinson

The Philadelphia Eagles’ waiver-wire spree didn’t really materialize Sunday. The team was awarded just one player, former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Shaun Prater.

One possible reason for the relatively light activity: The Jacksonville Jaguars, who are two spots higher than the Eagles on waiver claims, were awarded a stunning seven players. That included two players, DE/LB Chris McCoy and TE Clay Harbor, who were released by the Eagles.

Prater is 5-foot-10, 190 pounds. A fifth-round pick out of Iowa last year, Prater spent his rookie season on injured reserve with patellar tendinitis. He is not expected to be a factor right away. The Eagles will roll with Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher (who played with Prater at Iowa) outside and Brandon Boykin in the slot.

But at least Prater can practice and play. To make room for him, the Eagles released Curtis Marsh, another member of their disastrous 2011 draft class. Marsh had surgery on his broken hand last month and was not available for the last two preseason games.

A couple of other roster-related notes:
  • The Eagles signed four players to their practice squad, all of whom were released over the weekend: OT Michael Bamiro, RB Matthew Tucker, WR Greg Salas and LB Travis Long. They have four more spots to fill.
  • Didn’t do too poorly on my projected 53-man roster, which was posted Friday morning. I had 48 players right. And where I was incorrect, I might have been right in a couple of spots where the Eagles turn out to be wrong.I had McCoy staying and Casey Matthews going. We’ll see how that one turns out.

    I had Salas and Russell Shepard among six wide receivers. The Eagles kept five, including Jeff Maehl. That’s two Oregon guys who made the team that I didn’t expect.

    I thought they’d keep 10 offensive linemen, including Matt Tennant. They went light there, cutting Tennant, and kept one more tight end than I expected: Emil Igwenagu.

    Finally, they kept two more DBs than I expected. One was Colt Anderson, who will play only on special teams. The other was Marsh, who was released today. So maybe I had 4.5 players wrong.
  • Roseman made two trades involving a running back for a linebacker. He got Emmanuel Acho, who made the team, for Dion Lewis, who is on IR in Cleveland. And he got Adrian Robinson, who was cut Friday, for Felix Jones, who made the Steelers roster.
  • The Eagles were off today and have some conditioning work scheduled for Monday. They’ll be off again Tuesday. The practice week for Monday night’s game at Washington begins in earnest on Wednesday.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly likes to do things fast. So it’s no surprise he started making his necessary roster cuts within a few hours of getting back to Philadelphia from the Meadowlands early Friday morning.

The Eagles announced 13 roster moves so far. They must make nine more to get down to the mandatory 53 by Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

Two offensive linemen who saw some action last season, centers Dallas Reynolds and Matt Tennant, were released. So was Matt Kopa. The implications: Julian Vandervelde will be the primary backup to starting center Jason Kelce, and Danny Watkins’ chances of sticking went up a bit.

Two 2013 draft picks were affected. Defensive end David King (seventh round) was released. Joe Kruger, another second-round defensive end, was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Kruger played Thursday night and was not mentioned on the injury report, but Kelly is not nearly as diligent on that issue as Andy Reid was.

Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, who started 10 games for the Eagles in 2010, was released. Dixon never seemed to adjust to the nose tackle spot in the 3-4 scheme.

Cornerback Trevard Lindley, a fourth-round pick from 2010 who was out of the league last year, was waived with an injury settlement. Lindley sprained an ankle against the Jets.

Two quarterbacks, Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne, were released.

Linebacker Everette Brown flashed in the last two preseason games but it wasn’t enough. The Eagles probably would have had to give up on former first-round pick in Brandon Graham for Brown to make the team.

Linebacker Adrian Robinson, who was obtained in the trade that sent RB Felix Jones to Pittsburgh, was released.

Wide receivers Ifeanyi Momah and Will Murphy rounded out the cuts. Momah drew attention early in camp because of his size: 6-7, 240. But he never really made an impact on the field. He could be a candidate for the practice squad.
On name recognition, a trade involving running back Felix Jones probably seems like a significant deal. Jones, 26, was the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick in 2008 and showed some promise during his five years with the team.

He has been a non-factor since signing with the Eagles this offseason, however. General manager Howie Roseman traded Jones to Pittsburgh this morning for linebacker Adrian Robinson.

It looks like a trade that, at best, won't hurt either club.

The Eagles need depth at outside linebacker, where Trent Cole and Brandon Graham are trying to make the transition from defensive end. Connor Barwin, the free agent acquisition from Houston, is the only outside linebacker on the roster with significant experience playing the position in a 3-4 alignment.

Robinson is just that, depth. The Harrisburg native, who played at Temple University, is 6-foot-1, 250 pounds. He was undrafted in 2012 and made the Steelers' roster. Robinson played in 12 games without recording a tackle, forced fumble or interception.

What he does bring is a feel for the Steelers' 3-4 system as operated by Dick LeBeau. That is the model for what new Eagles coordinator Bill Davis is working toward. So Robinson could make the 53-man as a backup and a special teams player. Remember, the Eagles lost linebacker Jason Phillips, who was expected to contribute on coverage teams.

With rookie running back Le'Veon Bell injured, the Steelers needed depth at that position. Jones, 26, carried the ball 12 times for 45 yards in two preseason games. With LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk in camp, there was little room for Jones. Rookie Matthew Tucker has looked better so far in camp.

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