Eagles Sign C.J. Smith To 53-Man Roster

The Eagles also added a tight end to the practice squad.

C.J. Smith. (Jeff Fusco)

C.J. Smith. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles signed cornerback C.J. Smith to the 53-man roster and tight end Anthony Denham to the practice squad, the team announced Thursday morning. Smith, who initially made the 53-man roster but was cut less than 24 hours later, has spent the last six weeks on the practice squad.

The team had a roster spot to fill with Lane Johnson’s 10-game suspension beginning this week as they chose to add a fifth cornerback. Smith played with Carson Wentz at North Dakota State, which is a large reason he initially got on the Eagles’ radar before the draft. However, Smith impressed many teammates and coaches with his consistent improvement over the offseason, particularly Malcolm Jenkins.

Denham, a 25-year-old California native, was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014 by the Texans out of Utah. Houston released Denham at the beginning of last month as they made final cuts before the regular season.

Philadelphia previously made a few changes to the practice squad earlier this week by releasing Darell Greene and Andrew Bonnet while replacing them with Duke Thomas and Don Cherry. Here’s an updated look at the Eagles’ 10-man scout team.


LB Don Cherry
TE Anthony Denham
RB Byron Marshall
QB Aaron Murray
C Aaron Neary
OG Matt Rotheram
DT Aziz Shittu
CB Duke Thomas
WR Paul Turner
WR David Watford