Eagles place Derek Barnett on injured reserve, sign defensive end to Vikings practice squad
The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced two roster changes Tuesday afternoon. An overview:
- DE Derek Barnett has been placed on injured reserve.
- OF Janarius Robinson was signed from Minnesota VikingsEagles’ active roster practice squad.
Let’s sort this news player by player.
Barnett suffered an ACL injury in the Eagles’ Week 1 win over the Detroit Lions. He is out for the remainder of the 2022 season. He has a realistic chance of being ready for the start of next year’s campaign.
Robinson, 24, was a fourth-round pick (No. 134 overall) by the Vikings in the 2021 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State, recording just eight sacks in 34 games.
Although not super productive, Robinson has garnered some intrigue due to the combination of his height and athleticism. Spider chart via Mockdraftable:
Robinson missed his entire rookie season after suffering a leg injury. He failed to make the Minnesota roster this year after seemingly struggling in preseason games. Pro Football Focus ranked Robinson 158th on 165 defensive ends (minimum 20% snaps played). Robinson ranked 93rd out of 143 players in PFF’s Pass Rush Productivity metric.
Draft scouting report on Robinson via NFL.com:
Trait-based edge defender with the potential to play standing up or as a front-end pair. Studying the tape can be a frustrating exercise, as the same player doesn’t always show up from game to game. He’s an agile athlete with rare length and has the traits to make plays to the next level, but his wingspan is often wasted due to a lack of skillful use of the hand, and he seems content to put it on. cruise control in certain situations. He has the physical tools and athletic ability to play in the league, but his ceiling and floor could be defined by his drive and willingness to put in the work necessary to improve.
Presumably, the Eagles aren’t signing Robinson to be an instant contributor. Barnett’s injury opens up a place for Tarron Jackson to move up the depth chart. The Eagles only kept three defensive wings active in Week 1: Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat and Barnett. Jackson is considering taking the role of Barnett, with Robinson being kept inactive for the time being.
The Eagles playing the Vikings less than a week after making this signing is a nice added bonus to Robinson’s addition. One would imagine that the coaching staff will seek interest in Minnesota’s machinations.
That being said, it’s not like the Eagles signed Robinson primarily for espionage purposes. Signing Robinson away from the Vikings’ practice squad requires the Eagles to both 1) guarantee him three weeks’ pay and 2) make his roster spot count towards the 53-player limit for three weeks.
Speaking of roster spots, the Eagles still have an opening after never making a corresponding move after placing Andre Dillard on the disabled list last week. The team could look to promote punt returner Britain Covey to the roster if they don’t want to risk losing him. Or they could look to promote Le’Raven Clark to the roster if they want more attacking tackle depth while Dillard is out.