Philadelphia Eagles roundup: A safety’s added, Bills give Philly an assist again

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 26: Defensive back Trae Elston
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 26: Defensive back Trae Elston /

The Philadelphia Eagles rely on their relationship with a former team coach again to fix an area of need and on their defensive coordinator to shuffle a few playing cards.

When the Philadelphia Eagles began practice on Wednesday, September 20th, they were short a few bodies in the secondary. Philly carries ten defensive backs on the current roster, but only six were on the field as the team put in a little on-field work on “Hump Day”. Corey Graham joined Ronald Darby, Jaylen Watkins and Rodney McLeod on the sideline.

Graham was listed on the Eagles’ injury report last week thanks to a hamstring injury. He’d play in week two’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but that may have done more damage than it’s worth. Fear not Eagles fans. Your team never rests, and it appears they’re already in the process of fixing a growing issue that, honestly, has quite a few fans nervous.

Eagles sign safety Trae Elston:

Philly had an open roster spot on Wednesday but filled it with yet another guy who’s spent time on the Buffalo Bills roster. They’ve filled that spot by signing Trae Elston off of waivers. Elston was released just one day earlier by those same Bills. He continues a trend of Philly adding former Bills to the roster. Prior to Elston, they most recently acquired Ronald Darby via trade.

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Philly’s weird relationship with Buffalo:

Some of the former examples of Philly looking at the Bills roster so much is due to the fact their defensive coordinator once served the in the same position in Buffalo. The more recent transactions could be due to the team’s relationship with former Eagles assistant and current Bills coach, Sean McDermott.

Buffalo’s head man spent eleven years on the Eagles’ sideline before a stint with the Carolina Panthers helped land him in Buffalo.

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More on Elston:

Trae Elston entered the league as an undrafted free agent. He’s spent time on the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Bills rosters. He appeared in both Bills games this season, playing 30 snaps on special teams. He played his college ball for the Ole Miss Rebels. It’s doubtful that he’ll see a ton of playing time in the Eagles’ home opener this coming Sunday.