Eagles Bring Back Reed

The Eagles brought back safety/return specialist J.R. Reed today. Reed is expected to provide depth in the Eagles secondary and possibly assume the kickoff return duties. The Eagles also made some other roster moves today.

The Eagles resigned safety/return specialist J.R. Reed a week after they released the four-year veteran. Reed, who muffed a key punt in the season opening loss to the Green Bay Packers, returns to the Eagles for added depth in the secondary, due to the neck stinger suffered by Brian Dawkins.

Philadelphia originally claimed Reed off of waivers from the New York Giants prior to the season opener. To make room on the roster for Reed, the Eagles waived second-year offensive tackle Pat McCoy. McCoy was signed as a rookie free agent last year by the Eagles, but never dressed for a game in the National Football League.

The Eagles also made a move on their practice squad today, releasing tight end Lee Vickers and adding offensive tackle Jonathan Palmer. Vickers was a project at the tight end position, after spending his entire collegiate career as a defensive end. He made a lot of strides, but the Eagles are intrigued with Palmer’s ability to be a player along the offensive line. Palmer was with the Eagles during training camp and the preseason, but was cut when the team had to get down to its final 53-man roster.

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