On Saturday, the Eagles announced their initial 53-man roster for the 2017 regular season.
The Eagles reached the 53-player maximum on Saturday, but along the way ensured that some reserve players will remain in the mix beyond 2017.
Cornerback Dexter McDougle is one of them, as he signed a one-year extension through the 2018 season. Defensive end Steven Means and guard Chance Warmack also signed similar deals.
McDougle was acquired from the New York Jets in a trade last Sunday. He played, coincidentally, against his former team and had three tackles and a pass deflection.
"He's got a skill set to play the nickel corner position. We saw that in his Jet tape, obviously. It's a little bit of a leap of faith because he only played in that one preseason game, but we're looking for guys who can have defined roles and we feel like he can do that. That's why we made the trade," Howie Roseman said.
"We've had in the past, on our good teams, guys dedicated to play that nickel position. P-Rob (Patrick Robinson) has done a good job since he moved in there, but we think Dex has the skill set to do it as well."
A third-round pick (80th overall) in 2014 out of Maryland, the 5-10, 195-pound McDougle played in 20 games for the Jets primarily on special teams.
He rebounded from an Achilles injury that wiped out his rookie season to contribute four tackles on special teams and one tackle on defense in 14 games in 2015. McDougle started 2016 on the Jets' practice squad before being promoted to the active roster on November 12.
A three-year starter at Maryland, McDougle had 151 tackles, six interceptions, 22 passes defensed, and two touchdowns in 39 games (28 starts). He was an Academic All-ACC selection as a senior. Maryland honored McDougle for his leadership despite a shoulder injury in his final year with the inaugural Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Award.
He played in high school and college with wide receiver Torrey Smith.