Philadelphia Eagles waive popular UDFA, 2 other roster hopefuls

Khalil Tate #14 (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Khalil Tate #14 (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Well, in all honesty, this one’s a kick in the gut for some Philadelphia Eagles fans. It definitely hit part of the Inside The Iggles staff like a ton of bricks. It appears that former Florida Gators star and one of the highlights of a very talented class of undrafted free agents, Trevon Grimes, won’t be making the 53-man roster after all.

On June 9th, the Birds announced that they were waiving the six-foot-four, 218-pound wideout with an injury designation. Quarterback Jamie Newman, a former Georgia and Wake Forest signal-caller, and wide receiver Khalil Tate were also sent to the chopping block. Let’s dig in a little more on all three prospects.

Trevon Grimes was very popular among the Philadelphia Eagles faithful.

As soon as it was announced that the Philadelphia Eagles had signed Grimes as an undrafted free agent, you could hear some rumblings in the fan base, especially those that know a little something about SEC football.

Grimes played two games at Ohio State for the Buckeyes in 2017 before transferring to Florida to play his ball in The Swamp for the next three seasons. 36 games from 2018 to 2020 produced 97 receptions for 1,444 yards and 14 trips to the end zone.

He’s probably most remembered for burning first-round draft choice Patrick Surtain in the most recent SEC Championship Game. Hang out on YouTube and give that one a look when you have a moment. Grimes has talent, tons of it, but fr now, the dreams of NFL stardom are on pause.

Those of you looking for someone to get behind can turn your attention to fellow undrafted rookie wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon, a six-foot-two, 217-pound pass-catcher out of Texas A&M. He’s special too and was slated to compete with the likes of both Grimes and Tate for one of Philly’s wide receiver spots.

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The latter, Tate, played at Arizona as a quarterback but made the move to wideout earlier this offseason. Newman threw for 3,959 yards and 35 scores on 306 completions as a member of the Demon Deacons from 2017 to 2019 (and ran for 826 yards and ten more scores on 245 rushing attempts) but transferred to the Georgia Bulldogs and sat out due to COVID-19 precautions.

Like Tate and Grimes, his NFL dreams are now on pause mode. Just in case you’re wondering, Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco are now the only two quarterbacks on the Philadelphia Eagles roster.