The idea that the Eagles were heading down the stretch toward a postseason run with inexperienced ex-starting guard Isaac Seumalo as their top reserve tackle always seemed a bit shaky. Management moved to ease that problem Tuesday by signing offensive tackle Will Beatty.
To make room for Beatty, the Taylor Hart offensive tackle project was again shelved, with Hart being released.
Beatty, 32, has played only six games since 2014. But he started 63 games for the New York Giants' offensive line from 2009 to 2014, even winning a Super Bowl with the Giants. He's the second player the Eagles signed this week who has a Super Bowl ring, Beatty following former Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.
Beatty, 6-6, 319, from York, Pa., by way of UConn, provides experience to a line that has lost Jason Peters for the season. The Eagles will likely stick with Halapoulivaati Vaitai at left tackle, with Beatty joining Seumalo as a reserve option.
Part of the narrative of Carson Wentz's sterling sophomore season is the way the Eagles quarterback sees the game, making reads and adjustments, using his eyes to look defenders off the ball — advanced concepts for a second-year NFL QB.
Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Tuesday that part of what makes Wentz's preparation so effective is that he absorbs more from watching film than many other players can. Reich indicated that this is a key trait he finds in intuitive, knowledgeable players.
"You can study film and you can feel yourself get in the moment. … Good teams, good players, find a way to put themselves in the game all the time, whether it's a walk-through, whether it's a meeting room, whether you're in the film, studying it – when you can actually learn to put yourself in the moment and make it feel like it's a game, even though you're sitting in the film room. It takes discipline, it takes focus to do that, but I really believe you can get a lot better doing that," Reich said.
"You can have two people sit in a room for the same amount of time, and one guy get a lot more than the other guy. And I believe that Carson gets a lot out of every moment he spends there."
Byron Marshall was somewhere around seventh on the running-back depth chart as a member of the Eagles' practice squad, so he no doubt was very happy to get a call from the Washington Redskins, who have signed Marshall to their active roster after placing Rob Kelley on IR.
Marshall's spot is being taken by safety Harold Jones-Quartey, who played for the Bears in 2015-16. Eagles personnel chief Joe Douglas spent 2015 in Chicago.