The Philadelphia Eagles made several additions to both their 53-man roster and 8-man practice squad in what was a busy weekend for the team.
Among the Eagles additions include cornerback Shaun Prater, brought over from the Cincinnati Bengals, hard hitting safety Keelan Johnson to the practice squad from the Miami Dolphins and Trenton Robinson, a ball hawking safety added from the San Francisco 49ers.
All three players were among last cuts for their respective teams. Prater and Robinson in particular come from strong defensive squads where the numbers game just caught up with them at corner and safety, respectively. Robinson in particular is an intriguing addition. He was a highly-regarded player at Michigan State and new vice president of player personnel for the Eagles Tom Gamble had a big hand in drafting him when he was with the Niners organization last season.
Robinson and Prater could potentially help on defense and special teams this season, especially if their are any injuries in a defensive backfield that already looks rather thin. The corner and safety positions are among the weakest on the Eagles current squad, both in terms of talent and depth, so bringing in young blood to help push the veteran and young players alike seemed like a no brainer.
Another potentially important addition could be the acquisition of Najee Goode. He was awarded to the Eagles on waivers as they let go of preseason stand out Emmanuel Acho, which had some of the fan base enraged. Goode is known as a solid special teams player, who can help in nickel situations on passing downs.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman promised he would be active on cut down weekend in potentially stocking up more talent through the waiver wire. He stuck to his word. The Eagles made a handful of moves in shaking up the roster and the practice squad to inject more youth onto this already young defense.