With Nakobi Dean expected to miss several weeks with a foot injury, the Eagles add former Titans 1st basemanstreet– Rashan Evans has been roundly selected for their practice squad, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Dean suffered a foot injury in the third quarter of the Eagles’ season-opening win over the Patriots Sunday in Foxboro, leaving Christian Ellis and Zach Cunningham as the only healthy running backs on the 53-man roster.
Evans, 27, was 22Abbreviation II The player was taken in the 2018 draft and started 50 games over four seasons with the Giants, recording three sacks, two interceptions and eight pass breakups. He spent last season with the Falcons, starting all 17 games with 159 tackles, two sacks and four pass breakups.
Pro Football Focus graded Evans at 59.6 last year, which ranked 45thy Of the 60 running backs who played at least 500 snaps.
Evans has not been in training camp this summer, so it may be a while before he can take the field.
The Eagles don’t have a lot of options to replace Dean, the 22-year-old pro from Georgia.
Nicholas Moreau, who received 1street-Team reps are sometimes in training camp, are currently on the practice squad and can be promoted on game day. Undrafted rookie Ben Van Someren, who had 17 tackles in the final preseason game against the Colts, is new at linebacker and not ready, though perhaps he can contribute on special teams now.
Since Dean is expected to miss several weeks, the Eagles will almost certainly place him on injured reserve, meaning he will have to miss at least four games. That would make him eligible to return on Oct. 15, when the Eagles face the Jets in East Rutherford.
Hiring Dean would open up a roster spot at No. 53 and mean the Eagles wouldn’t have to release anyone to make room for Morrow (or Evans, if the Eagles decide to go in that direction).
If they promote Morrow — who started 46 games for the Raiders and Bears from 2017 through 2022 — that would open up a spot on the 16-man practice squad for Evans.
Whatever happens, the linebacker position remains a major concern for the Eagles.
Ellis is an undrafted third-year player who received the most playing time of his career Sunday at New England — 34 snaps, most of them after Dean was injured. Cunningham wasn’t even in training camp until the Eagles signed him on Aug. 6 and he didn’t play well on Sunday. Morrow went from rookie reps to being released in final cuts before landing on the Eagles’ practice squad. And Evans hasn’t even suited up since he had 55 snaps in the Falcons’ season-ending win over the Buccaneers last January.
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