The Eagles claimed QB Stephen Morris off waivers Sunday from the Jaguars to get to the 53-player limit. See the entire roster here ...
Hope all of you Eagles fans are enjoying the Labor Day holiday. In just one week, the Eagles open the regular season on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons. In this edition of 5 Things to Know Today, I'll recap Sunday's roster moves and look at some of the injury situations to watch in the coming week.
1. Eagles Get Their Third QB In Morris
No quarterback has ever thrown for more yards in a single ACC game than Stephen Morris, who was claimed off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday to be the third quarterback behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Morris threw for 566 yards against N.C. State in a 2012 contest. Fan-Demonium columnist Tommy Lawlor explained why, in his opinion, the Eagles went with Morris as the No. 3.
"He is physically impressive. He has a stronger arm than either Matt Barkley or Tim Tebow. Morris can get the ball downfield with ease. His passes have good velocity. He also puts good touch on short throws and isn't afraid to feed his backs and tight ends if they're open," Lawlor wrote. "Morris is athletic. He runs well. He can throw on the move. One of the things I liked most was his pocket presence. He didn't focus on the rush, rather keeping his eyes downfield. He has good throwing mechanics and can be very accurate."
I hope that Morris comes in, develops and … is not active for a single game all year.
The Eagles also announced their 10-man practice squad featuring the NFL's all-purpose yardage leader in the preseason in running back Raheem Mostert. The one new face is tight end Chris Pantale, formerly of the Bears and Jets.
2. Early Injury Watch
Starting on Thursday, the Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons will provide official injury reports leading up to Monday's game. For the Eagles, the big question is whether or not tight end Zach Ertz will play. Ertz missed the preseason after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury. For the Falcons, they will likely be without starting rush linebacker Brooks Reed, who underwent groin surgery last week. Running back Devonta Freeman has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman are expected to shoulder the rushing load for the Falcons. Wide receiver Roddy White had an elbow scope during the preseason. ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure posted that White will return to "some activity" this week, but is that enough to be ready for the opener?
3. Want To Have Dinner With Barwin? Break Down Tape With Chip?
The Philadelphia Eagles and SportsRadio 94WIP have announced that the annual Eagles Radiothon will hit airwaves Tuesday, September 8 through Wednesday, September 9. This multi-day auction offers fans the chance to bid on exclusive sports and entertainment experiences involving their favorite Eagles players and 94WIP personalities. All proceeds will benefit Eagles Youth Partnership's vital health and education programs that serve more than 50,000 children who lack access in our community every year.
Some of the highlighted prizes include: dinner with linebacker Connor Barwin at Chef Marc Vetri's Lo Spiedo; cooking class with tight end Brent Celek and the team's culinary nutritionist at the NovaCare Complex; compete in a game of Madden NFL 16 with safety Malcolm Jenkins; deep sea fishing with Eagles great Jon Runyan in Barnegat, New Jersey; golf with the Voice of the Eagles, Merrill Reese; a Super Bowl 50 travel package; opportunity to have 94WIP's Morning Show, Midday Show or Afternoon Show broadcast remotely from your place of business; and much more.
To view the full Eagles Radiothon prize list and for further information, please visit www.EaglesRadiothon.com or call 215-463-2500.
4. Gruden Excited To See Bradford
The Eagles open the 2015 Monday Night Football slate on ESPN when they take on the Falcons. There are a plethora of storylines, but none bigger than the debut (OK, the regular season debut) of quarterback Sam Bradford. MNF analyst Jon Gruden is very high on the Eagles' new starting quarterback.
"I don't think very many people come across the road that can throw a ball like Sam Bradford. If this kid – if - this kid can stay healthy and they can protect him, (Chip) Kelly's proven that they can get open targets for him and if Sam Bradford gets protection, he can shred you real bad," Gruden said.
"He is a phenomenal passer, he's just been hurt. I think Chip Kelly, with Mark Sanchez in the house, he probably thinks, you know what, Pat Shurmur knows Sam Bradford, that offensive coordinator's got a great history with him. I'm sure it wasn't Chip Kelly alone who made that decision. There are a lot of people that think a lot of Bradford and are really excited about him."
5. Interesting NFC East Moves
The Eagles were not the only team to tweak the roster after the initial unveiling on Saturday. Dallas was still not settled on the depth at the running back position post-DeMarco Murray so it acquired Christine Michael from Seattle for a conditional pick in 2016 on Sunday. Michael is extremely talented, he was a second-round pick in 2013, but he has never been able to put it together. Plus, he was stuck behind Marshawn Lynch. There's no excuses for him now in Dallas. Michael is a Texas native and was a former star at Texas A&M.
The Giants have been looking for safety help during the preseason. They brought in Stevie Brown, who had an interception in the preseason finale, only to kick him to the curb and bring back another former Giant in Grant Dahl. At this point, Giants.com surmises that second-round pick Landon Collins and Brandon Meriweather will be the starting safeties.