Eagles Sign Nicholas Morrow to 53-Man Roster, Place Nakobe Dean On the IR
We have our answer for how the Eagles will replace Nakobe Dean while he recovers from a foot injury. They have signed Nicholas Morrow to the 53-man roster. To make space for him, they have placed Nakobe Dean on the Injured Reserve List, meaning he will miss at least 4 games. Ian Rapoport was the first to report.
When Nicholas Morrow signed with the Eagles, they intended him to be the other starter next to Dean. But the addition of Zach Cunningham, and the emergence of Christian Elliss, moved Morrow down the depth chart. He wound up not making the team at all. But the fact he was with them all camp, and already knows the scheme, makes him an ideal fill-in candidate on short notice. Elliss and Cunningham will still start, but Morrow will be there to fill in if Elliss or Cunningham have to come off the field.
The Eagles could also use one of their Safeties to step into the box if needed. Reed Blankenship, Sydney Brown, and Justin Evans have all shown to be strong against the run. Plus they are probably better in coverage than Morrow or even Cunningham would be anyway.
The move means they will no longer need to activate an LB off the practice squad on game day. Which is good, because both their Punter and their Return Man filled those game-day activation slots in game 1. For now, both Arryn Siposs and Britain Covey can remain on the practice squad. And while Eagles fans would prefer another punter, that move was not going to be made before Thursday. Brown in particular could make sense there, given he got no snaps in game 1, and playing him as a Nickel Linebacker would let him play to his strengths.
With a long layoff after Thursday’s game, they don’t play again until the following Monday, we do not know if this is a long-term solution or just something they are doing for now on a short week. But they will need to fill in for Dean for at least 4 weeks. And Nicholas Morrow will get the first shot at filling that role.
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