Eagles poach offensive lineman from Washington’s practice squad


The Eagles on Monday announced that they’re signing offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher off Washington’s practice squad.

Since the Eagles signed him off the practice squad, he’ll have to join their active roster. The Eagles will soon have a roster spot when they send Rodney McLeod to IR. But he’ll be a roster exempt player until he clears COVID-19 protocols.

So who the heck is Ross Pierschbacher?

Well, the 25-year-old Pierschbacher (Peersh-BAY-ker) was a fifth-round draft pick (No. 153) out of Alabama last year. While he was listed as a center in Washington, he played both guard and center at Alabama. He appeared in five games as a rookie with Washington in 2019.

Pierschbacher (6-4, 315) became a center for the Crimson Tide as a senior in 2018 after playing left guard before that. He started 42 games at left guard before starting 15 as a senior at center in 2018. His 57 starts is a record for Alabama position players. Pierschbacher was a two-time national champion at Alabama.

According to his Alabama bio, Pierschbacher blocked for an incredible 31 different 100-yard rushers during his college career. One of those rushers was Eagles starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, who had seven 100-yard games at Alabama before he left for Oklahoma.

Pierschbacher was in his sophomore season in 2016 and was already a starter when Hurts arrived as a true freshman.

With this move, the Eagles now have nine offensive linemen on their active roster: Jordan Mailata, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Nate Herbig, Jack Driscoll, Matt Pryor, Luke Juriga, Brett Toth and Pierschbacher.


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