Eagles Bringing in CB Dwayne Gratz
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - After a myriad of injuries suffered in Sunday’s loss to Washington, the reeling Philadelphia Eagles are going to have some roster spots to fill this week and one of them will be taken by veteran cornerback Dwayne Gratz, a former third-round draft choice that flamed out in both Jacksonville and Los Angeles.
A UConn product, the 5-foot-11, 196-pound Piscataway, N.J. native will be signing a two-year deal in the hopes of adding depth to a unit that has struggled mightily recently.
In three NFL seasons, Gratz has amassed 119 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and 12 pass breakups. He was released by Jacksonville on Oct. 10 and claimed by the Rams the next day before being put back on the street on Nov. 22.
Gratz has decent physical skills and with a full offseason in the program, he will be given every opportunity to compete for a roster spot in 2017 at a position that needs a serious upgrade.
According to ProFootballFocus.com, Leodis McKelvin has been the top-graded Philadelphia corner at No. 76 out of 120. Next is Nolan Carroll, who is at No. 105 and the injured Ron Brooks at three slots behind him. Rookie Jalen Mills, meanwhile, is dead last in the entire NFL at No. 120.
Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos is done for the season after undergoing surgery for a wrist injury that knocked him out of Sunday’s loss to Washington while head coach Doug Pederson said that running back Wendell Smallwood and offensive lineman Matt Tobin, who both suffered sprained MCLs against the Redskins, along with safety Jaylen Watkins, who ruptured a tendon in his finger, are all candidates for season-ending injured reserve.
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