Eagles Waive Rookie S Stephen Roberts
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles made a minor roster move on Saturday, waiving undrafted rookie safety Stephen Roberts.
The writing was on the wall for Roberts, who played his college ball at Auburn, when he didn't get any work on defense at Cleveland.
Philadelphia is set at safety with veterans Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod expected to be backed up by the capable Corey Graham and Tre Sullivan, who spent time on the practice squad last season.
Fellow rookie Jeremy Reaves was also running ahead of Roberts in the pecking order while veteran special-teams ace Chris Maragos is still on the PUP list, unable to practice as he recovers from PCL surgery.
Roberts played extensively in the Eagles first preseason game against Pittsburgh, logging 43 snaps, and that was lowered dramatically in Foxborough when he played just three snaps before leaving with an injury.
In the dress-rehearsal game in Cleveland, the playing time at safety was: Sullivan at 39 snaps (55 percent of all defensive snaps), Jenkins 30 (42 percent), McLeod 30 (42 percent), Graham 25 (35 percent) and Reaves 17 (24 percent).
Roberts was one of the Eagles' high-profile undrafted free agent's from this year's class, along with Reaves, defensive tackle Bruce Hector and running back Josh Adams, getting $52,000 guaranateed to sign.
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