In some circles, this would fall under the category of ‘hustling backward’. Reid Sinnett has gone from walking into Philadelphia Eagles training camp and outplaying every quarterback not named Jalen Hurts, to leading two fourth-quarter go-ahead drives during the preseason (the defense let him down by surrendering a late touchdown versus the New York Jets after his first), to playing himself off of the roster.
He was added to the practice squad after final roster cuts and endured a short stint on the waiver wire, but his time there was short-lived. According to an official announcement from the Eagles, he’s been released along with running back La’Mical Perine. Tight end Dalton Keene and wide receiver Auden Tate have been added in subsequent moves to fill the void.
Reid Sinnett’s road to the Eagles practice squad was rocky, and he’ll need to find a newer one to travel now.
As we began the month of August, Reid Sinnett began his charge to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. The hill seemed steep. After all, Philly had an undrafted rookie quarterback they liked, Carson Strong, and we were already certain of who the starting quarterback and backup were (Jalen Hurts and Gardner Minshew). That arrangement hadn’t changed since Minshew’s arrival on August 28th of last year.
Sinnett and Strong quickly became conversation pieces.
Sinnett did all that he could to quickly silence the theories that he was destined for the waiver wire, theories that were becoming more audible because of Strong’s presence, but the rookie never gained any traction. Sadly, Sinnett’s story is more disappointing.
Once Reid visibly lost his confidence, an unraveling began, and there was no hope of undoing it. As mentioned earlier, the Eagles waived him during final roster cuts but added him to their practice squad once he cleared waivers. The Birds added another quarterback to their active roster in the form of Ian Book, and just like that, Sinnett was again expendable. For now, if he wants to continue his NFL career, he’ll need to do so on another roster.
In terms of the new guys, here’s what we know. Dalton Keene is a former third-round draft choice of the New England Patriots. He hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2020, but he caught three passes for 16 yards that season during six in-game appearances.
Auden Tate is a former collegiate teammate of Josh Sweat’s as both cut their teeth at Florida State for the Seminoles. At FSU, Tate hauled in 65 receptions for 957 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In total, he’s hauled in 61 receptions for 799 yards, and he’s reached the end zone twice while appearing in 35 games with 12 starts.
It will be interesting to see how both progress as we move through the 2022-2023 Eagles regular season.