Eagles Set 53-Man Roster; Acquire Safety
The Philadelphia Eagles announced they have released defensive tackle Antonio Dixon and punter Mat McBriar. The team also acquired safety David Sims from the Browns in exchange for a conditional 2013 draft pick. Sims was undrafted out of Iowa State last year and has shown both physicality and a nose for the ball this preseason. Guard Julian Vandervelde was released to make room on the 53-man roster for Sims.
Sims had been challenging Usama Young for the Browns’ third safety role. Young has been sidelined since August 2, and Sims has shined in his absence, notching interceptions in both of Cleveland’s preseason games.
“He’s athletic, a solid tackler, and can play on special teams,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “He’s a guy that we’ve been following throughout the course of this preseason. We played the Browns in the preseason, and we have scouted him a lot as we get ready to play their game. We were happy to acquire him today. Right now, he’ll backup at the safety spots and try and learn the safety spots. We’ll hopefully get him up to speed on special teams as quickly as possible.”
He’ll should play on special teams and back up Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman in Philly and Roseman talked about what kind of player the Eagles are getting.