The 2021-2022 NFL season starts in less than 80 days, and the Philadelphia Eagles are making moves.
This week, the team waived quarterback Jamie Newman and wide receiver Khalil Tate. Wide receiver Trevon Grimes was also waived, but one day later was passed through waivers. He is now on the Eagles’ injured reserve list.
QUARTERBACK: JAMIE NEWMAN
Newman’s collegiate career began at Wake Forest. After playing backup, he received a starting role after QB1 (Sam Hartman) became injured. In four starts, he completed 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns, and four interceptions.
The following year Newman earned the starting position. He completed 2,868 yards and 32 touchdowns. He ranked second in the ACC in total offense, fourth in passing efficiency, and fifth in passing yards.
In 2020, Newman transferred to Georgia. However, he later announced that he would be opting out of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Eagles signed Newman as an undrafted free agent less than one month ago. However, he was waived on Wednesday, June 9. This move now leaves Philadelphia with two quarterbacks — Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco. The Eagles have not named either player as the starting quarterback yet. Given the lack of backup possibilities, the Eagles will likely be adding another QB in the weeks to come.
WIDE RECEIVER: KHALIL TATE
The quarterback turned wide receiver.
As a 17-year-old, Tate played for Arizona, becoming a true freshman. He completed the season with 243 yards, three touchdowns, and three inceptions, rushing for 237 yards and one touchdown. The following year, he was named starting quarterback and Pac-12 offensive player of the week for four consecutive weeks.
Tate finished his collegiate career with 6,318 yards, 57 touchdowns, and 31 interceptions.
The Eagles signed the quarterback as an undrafted free agent in 2020 — but this time as a wide receiver. He was waived a few months later due to roster constraints secondary to the pandemic. In January 2021, Tate was signed to a reserve/futures contract and was waived again this week.
WIDE RECEIVER: TREVON GRIMES
Grimes played two games for Ohio State before transferring to Florida as a freshman. In three years as a Gator, he finished with 97 receptions for 1,444 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
The wide receiver went undrafted; however, the Philadelphia Eagles signed him as a free agent in May. He would once again join Eagles quarterback coach Brian Johnson (Grimes’ offensive coordinator at Florida).
Excited to begin his professional career in midnight green, Grimes stated, “As the saying goes, everything happens for a reason. I feel like it happened for a reason, but I’m here now. I’m an Eagle. I’m excited to get to work. I can make my own path now. I’m just excited just to be here.”
Grimes, who now has a knee injury, was waived by the Eagles on Wednesday. In the 24 hours following the announcement, Grimes was not claimed by another team, therefore passing through waivers. He has now been reverted to the Eagles and remains on the injured reserve list. Here, he will have the chance to recover and will seek another chance at a roster spot.