The Philadelphia Eagles return to the practice field this week after their much needed bye week. Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo has been fired. Another change was made with the offensive line. Center Steve Vallos was released in order to sign center Matt Tennant. Vallos was initially released by the Eagles during final cuts, but he was brought back after the season ending injury to Jason Kelce. Vallos failed to make an impact for the birds and they decided to go with a different center, Matt Tennant.
Tennant is a 25 year old former 5th round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2010. Tennant played 28 games with the Saints. He was cut by the Saints heading into this season. The New England Patriots signed the young center, then released him. They brought him back after that, but again released him. Tennant only lasted on the open market for three days before he landed with the Eagles. Tennant is not expected to start on the offensive line. His role will be to back up center Dallas Reynolds.
The Eagles offensive line has not been able to recover from the losses of Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. While the Tennant signing adds some depth at the center position, it does little to address the ongoing problems with the offensive line.
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