Philadelphia Eagles shuffle roster, including dismissal of fan favorite

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Think of the Philadelphia Eagles‘ home base, the NovaCare Complex as you would your favorite gas station. They’re always open for business. Something is always going on. We imagine a lot of coffee is being poured and ingested as well.

Philly’s Week 5 victory was exhilarating, but as exhausting as the day may have felt for some of you, whether you endured the 80-degree beatdown by the sun in Charlotte or watched the team struggle at home on television, one thing can’t be denied.

It was simply one short race in the long marathon known as the NFL season. The celebration of a nice come-from-behind victory lasted about as long as it took to fly back from North Carolina. By the time we reached Monday, we were preparing ourselves for Nick Sirianni’s press conference and, as you might expect, roster moves.

The Philadelphia Eagles dismiss a fan favorite, for now.

Week 6 is a short one for the Birds. They face the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. Shortly before the end of the typical East Coaster’s workday, they announced a few roster moves via the team’s official website.

The big one here is one-time fan favorite Travis Fulgham is gone. He and tight end Nick Eubanks were both released from the practice squad. That allowed Philly to add both linebacker Christian Elliss and tight end Noah Togiai to the practice squad.

Fulgham exploded onto the scene as one-half, the receiving end, of a Philadelphia Eagles 42-yard, go-ahead touchdown to give the Birds a Week 4 victory versus the San Francisco 49ers a season ago. That came just one day after he was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad.

That began a nice four-game stretch from Week 5 to Week 8 in which he caught 27 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns. The combination of injuries and adjustment from the rest of the league ensured that Fulgham would be short-circuited as Philly’s best weapon in the passing game. Still, by season’s end, he’d be the team’s leader in receiving yards with 539.

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Don’t rule out the possibility of Fulgham’s return, however. History has taught us that if the Eagles endure injury or some unforeseen circumstance, they’ll, more than likely, reacquire someone we already know. That’s the case with Noah Togai who the Eagles signed as a rookie free agent following 2020’s version of the NFL Draft.

Togiai was released during the final roster cutdown and was claimed by the Indianapolis Colts where he spent the 2020 season.