If you thought the Eagles were finished addressing the cornerback position after signing Pro Bowl veteran James Bradberry, you thought wrong. And you miscalculated everything the team has been saying the entire offseason, that they will always look to increase the level of competition on the roster.
With that in mind, welcome cornerback Jimmy Moreland to the roster. The Eagles were awarded Moreland off of waivers on Monday following his release from the Houston Texans on Friday. The Eagles released linebacker Joe Ostman to make room for Moreland on the 90-man roster.
A seventh-round draft pick by Washington in 2019 after playing collegiately at James Madison University, Moreland played in 30 games with Washington, making 10 starts. Houston claimed Moreland from the waiver wire last September and he played in seven games with Houston during the course of the 2021 regular season.
Moreland also saw special teams action with both Washington and Houston, so he brings some experience and competition to Michael Clay's group as well.
The Eagles saw Moreland up close in the 2019 and 2020 openers against Washington and in the bitter '20 loss, Moreland had a key interception and return for 32 yards as Washington overcame a 17-0 first-half deficit. Moreland played all 68 defensive snaps in that game and contributed six total tackles, including five solos, with the interception.
Philadelphia continues to look, and that's a theme and a reality that won't change. The Eagles have a large handful of young cornerbacks who also play special teams that they're going to look at in Training Camp, and now you can add Moreland, who is 5-foot-11 and 182 pounds, to the mix.