The Eagles are back to two quarters for now.
The team did some housework on Wednesday, including giving up undrafted free agent quarterback Jamie Newman as well as wide receivers Khalil Tate and Trevon Grimes. Grimes has been sidelined with a knee injury and could be a candidate for the injured reserve if the team so chooses.
The decision to leave Newman was a bit of a surprise. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound QB has a similar style of play and build to Jalen Hurts. He played 19 games at Wake Forest in three seasons, totaling 3,959 yards and 35 touchdowns while completing 60.5% of his passes. He also ran for 826 yards and 10 scores. He transferred to Georgia last season but has stepped down due to coronavirus concerns.
Joe Flacco has the backup spot firmly within his grasp for this season, but Newman’s ability to eventually step in as a backup capable of executing an attack designed for Hurts seemed alluring. Eagles coach Nick Sirianni praised the quarterback last month after day one of rookie camp.
“Jamie is an awesome – he’s got a great stature,” Sirianni said. ” That’s a great man. As we watch a tape on him, too, he’s hard to take down. He’s a very good athlete. … He is really lively in class. You can see why he was successful in Wake Forest when he was there. You know, he has some qualities that you want to be able to develop, so a good first day for Jamie.
It remains to be seen whether the Eagles will enter training camp at the end of next month with just Hurts and Flacco, but there’s a good chance they’ll add another arm to the camp.
With a few spots now vacant, the Eagles will recruit former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Michael Walker, according to an ESPN report. Walker, an undrafted free agent from Boston College in 2019, missed the field last season and ended the year in the injured reserve. In 2019, he saw limited action exclusively as a comeback specialist.