5 intriguing subplots as Eagles add Trey Sermon off of waivers

Trey Sermon, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Trey Sermon, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) /

News travels fast around these parts, huh? Less than one hour after the Philadelphia Eagles announce that they were adding Trey Sermon to their stable of tailbacks, the entire fan base and media were all over the news and on the verge of doing all that they can to break Twitter.

That’s to be expected. Who loves their team more than the midnight and kelly green soldiers of the mighty Birds army?

Claiming Sermon off of waivers means he’s immediately added to the 53-man roster, which is now full. There’s also some insurance at the running back position as Kennedy Brooks and newly acquired La’Mical Perine are on the practice squad. Vice president/general manager Howie Roseman seems to be finding the bottom of the net every time he throws up a shot now.

With that being said, there’s nothing left to do except provide a few other angles after another interesting day. Trust us on this one. We don’t have to reassure anyone that this young man can ball.

Here are five intriguing subplots stemming from the Eagles’ acquisition of Trey Sermon.

Patience pays off for Howie Roseman again

Coming out of Ohio State, Sermon was someone that the Eagles were interested in. Rumor has it that they attempted to trade for him recently. That didn’t lead to a deal, but Howie benefits by being patient again.

The 49ers elected to release him. The Birds got someone they wanted anyway.

This is a nice rotational piece for the Eagles

Trey Sermon landed in San Francisco with the 49ers as a third-round draft choice a year ago. Perhaps he doesn’t have the speed that Kyle Shanahan so often falls in love with. Who knows? Here’s where we all can agree though.

This is a nice rotational piece as he is a scheme fit for Philadelphia. They now have the workhorse running back that they’ve been looking for.

Philly adds another of Jalen Hurts’ former NCAA teammates.

Add another former collegiate teammate of Jalen Hurts’ to the Eagles’ nest. As is the case with DeVonta Smith, Jalen gets another familiar face in the locker room as he, Grant Calcaterra, and Sermon were all teammates at Oklahoma with the Sooners in 2019.

Here’s a look at his numbers

Prior to peeling off 167 yards and a touchdown on 41 rushing attempts in nine games with the Niners a year ago, Sermon racked up 870 yards and four trips to the end zone on 116 totes with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2020 after accumulating 2,076 yards and 22 touchdowns on 339 touches during his three years in Norman.

He also caught 48 passes for 486 yards and scored three times as a receiver during his four years at the NCAA level for what it’s worth.

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What about that other receiver/returner?

As mentioned, being claimed off of waivers places Trey Sermon on the Eagles’ 53-man roster which is now full. What in the heck happens at wide receiver now? Don’t rule out one more move as the Eagles only have four on the roster, and there’s still no definite answer on who this team’s return man is.