Howie Roseman built a roster for training camp. Then he built another one.
Roseman isn’t one to sit around and admire his handiwork. The Eagles’ personnel guru has added 14 players since the START of training camp and hasn’t gone more than two days since camp began without bringing in somebody new.
That's 16 percent of the roster.
No team has brought in more players than the Eagles since training camps began in late July.
The Colts have also added 14 players and the Titans (13), Buccaneers (13) and Raiders (10) are also in double figures. The NFL average is 5.3.
Some of the moves have been necessitated by injury, but for the most part, Roseman is constantly looking for ways to not only upgrade the starting lineup and 53-man roster but also give his coaches and scouts every opportunity to evaluate as many players as possible on the 90-man roster.
Of those 14 new guys, 13 are still on the roster. And a few have legit shots at making the 53.
Let’s take a look at the Howie Roseman 14, where they came from, when they got here, how they’ve done and whether they have a chance to stick:
CB Alex Brown
Acquired: Signed July 26.
NFL experience: Undrafted free agent.
Chances to stick: Brown was released on Aug. 4.
LB Asantay Brown
Acquired: Signed Aug. 4.
NFL experience: This is Brown’s fifth stint with the Eagles in the last year. He’s never been on the 53-man roster, but he did have two stints on the practice squad last year.
Chances to stick: Despite the Eagles’ injuries at linebacker, Brown is facing long odds to stick. But the fact that they keep bringing him back means there’s something there they like.
S Jonathan Cyprien
Acquired: Signed Aug. 2.
NFL experience: This is Cyprien’s sixth NFL season. He’s played in 70 games for the Jaguars and Titans, starting all 70.
Chances to stick: Cyprien is definitely in the mix as a backup safety who is also big and physical enough to play linebacker in dime, which considering the Eagles’ linebacker injuries could be huge.
TE Alex Ellis
Acquired: Signed Aug. 2.
NFL experience: Ellis began his career as an undrafted rookie with the Titans in 2016, has been with five teams over the last four years and has played in eight career games with the Jaguars and Chiefs. He has three career receptions, all in 2016.
Chances to stick: Ellis has caught the ball well since he got here both at practice -- he had a nine-yard TD Thursday night against the Ravens — and seems to be a decent blocker. With Richard Rodgers injured, there’s an opening for a third tight end. It’ll probably be Josh Perkins, but Ellis isn’t bad and definitely a practice squad candidate.
DE Kasim Edebali
Acquired: Signed Aug. 6
NFL experience: Has bounced around the league for six years (Saints, Broncos, Lions, Rams, Saints, Bears, Bengals) and played in 62 games with two starts. He has eight career sacks, five in 2015 with the Saints but none since 2016.
Chances to stick: Edebali hasn’t made a huge impression since he got here and although the Eagles need defensive end depth he’s behind Daeshon Hall, Sharif Miller and Josh Sweat.
S Rudy Ford
Acquired: Aug. 22.
NFL experience: Ford, the Cards’ sixth-round pick in 2017, has played in 23 games with one start for Arizona the last two years, mainly on special teams. He’s averaged 20 special teams snaps in those 23 games, which is a ton.
Chances to stick: Ford doesn’t have a ton of time to impress the coaches, but his special teams experience gives him a fighting chance.
DE Eli Harold
Acquired: Aug. 9
NFL experience: Harold was the 49ers’ third-round pick in 2015 but only had five sacks in three seasons in San Francisco before spending a year with the Lions last year, adding four more sacks. He’s in his fifth season but only 25 years old.
Chances to stick: Harold hasn’t flashed in limited playing time the last two preseason games — 29 total snaps, which tells you he’s probably still on the outside looking in.
CB Ajene Harris
Acquired: Aug. 6
NFL experience: Undrafted rookie out of Stanford.
Chances to stick: Slim, considering the Eagles’ depth at corner, but he’s definitely a practice squad candidate. Harris even had a sack on a blitz in the Titans preseason game.
QB Josh McCown
Acquired: Aug. 17
NFL experience: McCown has played in 99 games with 76 starts for the Cards, Lions, Raiders, Panthers, Bears, Buccaneers, Browns and Jets since the Cards drafted him in the third round of the 2002 draft.
Chances to stick: McCown begins the season as the Eagles’ No. 2 quarterback and will remain there until — and possibly beyond
CB Orlando Scandrick
Acquired: July 27
NFL experience: Scandrick has played 140 games starting 76 over 11 years, the first 10 with the Cowboys, last year with the Chiefs.
Chances to stick: He’s looked OK since arriving here. The Eagles need a backup slot corner with Cre’Von LeBlanc out indefinitely, and Scandrick probably has the inside track.
CB Sojourn Shelton
Acquired: Aug. 11
NFL experience: Shelton had two stints on the Bengals’ practice squad in 2017 but was out of football last year after the Bengals released him in late August.
Chances to stick: Shelton is a long-range project but could find himself on the practice squad.
DT Aziz Shittu
Acquired: Aug. 13
NFL experience: Shittu has bounced around for four years but has never played in a regular-season game. He was at OTAs with the Eagles in 2016 and in camp here in 2017 and 2018 then spent some time on the Cowboys’ practice squad last year.
Chances to stick: The Eagles like Shittu enough to keep bringing him back for camp, but with their depth at defensive tackle, his best hope at this point is the practice squad.
OT Brett Toth
Acquired: Aug. 16
NFL experience: Undrafted rookie.
Chances to stick: Toth is an interesting case. You can read his whole story here, but he hasn’t played since the end of the 2017 season at Army and is much lighter than he needs to be to really compete on the o-line. The Eagles actually could keep him on the 53 to protect him from the waiver process.
LB Chris Worley
Acquired: Aug. 18
NFL experience: Played two games last year for the Bengals as an undrafted rookie, with all 37 snaps coming on special teams.
Chances to stick: Slim, but you never know. The Eagles certainly need linebacking depth and if they like what they see from Worley on special teams he could stick around.
July 26: Claimed CB Alex Brown off waivers
July 27: Signed CB Orlando Scandrick, waived DT Anthony Rush
Aug. 2: Signed S Jonathan Cyprien, waived LB Joey Alfieri
Aug. 2: Signed TE Alex Ellis, waived S Godwin Igwebuike
Aug. 4: Signed LB Asantay Brown, waived CB Alex Brown
Aug. 6: Signed DE Kasim Edebali, placed DE Joe Ostman on IR
Aug. 6: Signed CB Ajene Harris, waived/injured OT Casey Tucker
Aug. 9: Acquired DE Eli Harold from Bills for OT Ryan Bates
Aug. 11: Signed CB Sojourn Shelton, waived/injured WR Shelton Gibson
Aug. 13: Signed DT Aziz Shittu, waived S Blake Countess w. injury settlement
Aug. 16: Signed OT Brett Toth, waived CB Jay Liggins
Aug. 17: Signed QB Josh McCown, waived WR Braxton Miller
Aug. 18: Signed LB Chris Worley, waived LB Paul Worrilow
Aug. 22: Acquired S Rudy Ford from Cards for DT Bruce Hector
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