Eagles Cut Poyer; Bring Up RB Tucker

Eagles CB Jordan Poyer head down at practice

The Eagles downgraded Chris Polk from questionable to out for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys because of a shoulder injury.

In order to have a third running back available, the team decided to bring Matthew Tucker up from the practice squad and released cornerback Jordan Poyer.

The Eagles will try and bring Poyer back into the fold following the game, perhaps by signing him to the  practice squad. But his return is not guaranteed. He has to clear waivers and is free to sign with any team after that.

The rookie out of Oregon State was called into action in the opener against Washington as a result of injury but did not fare well and has since been unable to establish a role on defense. Long term, the Eagles are interested to see if he can transition to the safety position. Again, that’s assuming they can re-sign him.

Polk’s injury occurred on special teams against the Bucs last week. The second-year back indicated it is not the same shoulder that hampered him in college. He did not practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday and was listed as a full participant Friday.

“We’re not at that stage right now,” said Chip Kelly prior to Thursday’s practice, when asked about possibly making a move if Polk wasn’t ready for Dallas. “I think we’d have to kind of be comfortable with it.  Again, we’ve got some guys that we’ve practiced that can play there if for some reason we went into the game with two.  We have contingency plans on who can be three and who can be four.”

Tucker signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent this offseason. The 6-1, 227-pound back ran for over 2,600 yards and 33 touchdowns in four seasons at TCU. He initially failed his conditioning test at the start of training camp but passed a couple days later. He did not make the initial 53-man roster but was eventually signed to the practice squad.

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  • Corry

    They must be expecting Polk to miss quite a few weeks.


    Can I get a link to when any coach or eagles exec ever said we were trying to turn him into a safety? I always liked the idea, but I I don’t recall ever reading or hearing any Eagle talk about it…source?

  • G_WallyHunter

    Dorial Green-Beckham? Mizzou?

    Is this guy a top 10 pick or what?

    6’6″ with 4.3 speed

    • JofreyRice

      eh, Momah’s like 6’9 with 4.4 speed, we don’t need ’em!

      • GEAGLE

        Omg, totally forgot about Momah..,as in, I don’t even remember if he is on our practice squad.. What happened to him?

        • Token

          Prolly out of the league. He cant play football.

          • GEAGLE

            Sorry but I was looking for real intel from someone half way credible

          • jim

            Green-Bekham can play unlike momah he was the top rated hs reciever and isnt just a physical freak

          • Token

            You reek of credibility.

          • GoBirds1

            GayEagle is a football genius. Remember how he was pounding the table how great the new Eagle D was going to be. That was right after he public ally blew Manti Teo and how he was goo going to revolutionize the MLB position in the NFL. HOW is that working out?

        • Maggie

          According to Wikipedia Momah is “currently a free agent”.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Great point lol, I dono they talk a lot about this guy

    • theycallmerob

      I’d take the A&M kid

  • Richard Colton

    Little confused by this move. This kid had a “2nd round” grade and he can’t beat out Roc Carmichael? Guess his 2nd round grade was more of the Jaiquawn Jarrett and less of the Brian Dawkins variety.

    • JofreyRice

      just the yearly blast of post-draft hot air you get from the usual sources about how they got guys in rounds where they never thought they’d be.

      • Richard Colton

        wait, does this mean Kruger isn’t going to the Probowl?

        • Philly0312

          Well…Kruger is 20…at least he has the size for his position in the future. Hes a late round flyer. Poyer has great instincts…but doesnt have the physical ability for cb….hoping a conversion to safety works out. Great tackler and ball skills….just not fast eno7gh

          • GEAGLE

            While everything you say is true…I’m not so fast to write off any young player, especially 7th rd CBs considering it takes CBs drafted in the top 10 a few years before they become good NFL players…7th round picks aren’t plug n play players, they need to be groomed….Poyer has to be extremely mentally sharp to overcome his speed issues..he most likely will never be an NFL starter, but with all his versatility he has a chance to grow into an NFL player in some role…

          • Andy124

            The next Kurt Coleman…

          • anon

            hes slow and small. ok in pac 10, not the nfl.

    • RIP illa

      Whoever had him as a second round grade in last this past draft was severely confused. He shouldn’t have even made the squad. I was very interested in him before the draft but watched tape. And the kid played outstanding vs mediocre comp but couldn’t play man to save his life and had the speed of a safety. If they would’ve tried him out there then I could understand. But they didn’t. And sadly when he got in the league you could see the difference in the level of comp, even in zone, which he was going up against. Out of all the corners in the draft, he was picked right where he should have been and played like it. And he’s Roc has more promise than him. The talk of 2nd round, if any, was before the CFB season was over, but after he just kept plummeting. Come draft day, no one was talking bout him w/ a high round grade

  • UKEagle99

    I’m glad it isn’t the same shoulder injury that caused Polk to go undrafted. I hope it heals soon!