Eagles Add Depth to OL with Will Beatty
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — For the second straight day the Eagles have brought in a veteran player to help fortify the team for a stretch run that now includes Super Bowl aspirations.
A day after signing veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe Philadelphia inked offensive tackle Will Beatty to a one-year deal. To make room for Beatty, the Eagles waived Taylor Hart, who was attempting to make the transition from five-technique defensive end to offensive tackle,
Beatty, 32, like Ellerbe with Baltimore in 2012, has a Super Bowl pedigree as a 63-game starter up the Jersey Turnpike for the New York Giants. That's the good news, the bad is that Beatty has something else in common with his new teammate: injuries.
Beatty missed the entire 2015 season with a torn pec and returned to play in just six games as a backup last season with the Giants despite the consistent struggles of Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart.
In Philadelphia, he will be expected to handle the swing tackle role behind starters Lane Johnson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai, the second-year player who has taken over at left tackle since the ACL injury to Jason Peters.
Those expecting Beatty to push Vaitai are likely mistaken, however, as the Eagles' have been thrilled with Vaitai's play since entering the lineup at LT, especially as a pass protector.
Fellow second-year player Isaac Seumalo has been the backup swing tackle since the Peters injury, however, and the Eagles are clearly not comfortable with that.
In other roster news, practice squad running back Byron Marshall was signed by Washington. The Redskins were in need of a running back after Rob Kelley suffered knee and ankle injuries in a loss to Minnesota over the weekend.
To replace Marshall on the PS, Philadelphia signed 24-year-old safety Harold Jones-Quartey, who has previous starting experience with the Chicago Bears.
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