The journeyman interior lineman will have an opportunity to make the team at defensive tackle.
The Eagles trimmed their roster from 90 to 74 players on Sunday, leaving themselves a bit of room under the limit of 75. Now we see why, as the team announced they’ve claimed 6-foot-2, 310-pound defensive tackle Bruce Gaston.
Bouncing around the NFL is nothing new for Gaston, who was waived by the Chargers in the first round of cuts. The Eagles will be the 24-year-old’s eighth team since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He played in nine games for the Packers and Bears last season, registering nine tackles and 1.0 sack.
It’s something of an odd move by the Eagles. Gaston has mostly played nose tackle in 3-4 defenses, which is a far cry from the wide-nine front employed in Philadelphia’s 4-3, so fit is a question mark. The need wasn’t apparent either, as the release of Mike Martin appeared to signal the club was happy with Beau Allen, Taylor Hart and their undrafted rookies vying for roster spots.
As it turns out, the Eagles may still be searching for help up the middle and will give Gaston a look on Thursday when they take on the Jets in the preseason finale. Then again, with starters Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan unlikely to play, the Eagles might just need a body to get through the game.