As the Eagles were preparing to win Super Bowl LII, the personnel department was busy adding players to the roster, which expands to 90 players before the cutdown to the maximum of 53 players next season.
Among the additions are some familiar names. Let’s take a look at the additions …
P Cameron Johnston: Johnston spent the 2017 preseason with the Eagles, averaging 44.9 yards on 15 punts with a long of 61 yards. A former Australian Rules Football player, Johnston played collegiately at Ohio State and won a National Championship there.
TE Adam Zaruba: Signed last summer to join the Training Camp roster, the former Canadian Rugby star saw some action in the preseason and caught a pair of passes. He’s big, physical and extremely raw learning the game.
CB Elie Bouka: Bouka was signed by the Arizona Cardinals last spring and then suffered a hamstring injury. He played last season in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Bouka, a big body at 6-1, 205 pounds, played collegiately at the University of Calgary.
WR Marquess Wilson: The most accomplished of the players added, Wilson has 56 receptions for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns in four seasons with the Chicago Bears. He is 6-4, 206 pounds and was a seventh-round pick of the Bears in 2013.
TE Joshua Perkins: The 6-4, 227-pound Perkins was not drafted out of the University of Washington and signed with Atlanta in 2016. He had 3 catches for 42 yards and a leaping 26-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Matt Ryan in his only season on the roster. Perkins spent 2017 on Atlanta’s practice squad.
WR Rashard Davis: Davis played for the Eagles in last summer’s preseason and had 2 catches for 12 yards, averaged 3 yards on 4 punt returns and had a kickoff return for 23 yards. Davis was added to the team’s practice squad during the 2017 season.
G Darrell Greene: Greene is familiar with the Eagles’ offensive blocking scheme, as he’s been on the practice squad the last two seasons.
CB D.J. Killings: After playing collegiately at the University of Central Florida, Killings signed with New England last May and played with the Patriots through the 2016 preseason before he was waived/injured. The Eagled added Killings to the practice squad in October.
S Tre Sullivan: Following a stellar career at Shepherd University, Sullivan signed with the Eagles following the 2016 NFL draft and enjoyed a solid summer. He showed his physical presence in the preseason and signed back to the Eagles’ practice squad in November.
WR Bryce Treggs: Treggs has had an interesting and challenging NFL road already early in his career. Signed by San Francisco following the 2016 NFL draft, Treggs was released by the 49ers on the final cut and then claimed off of waivers by the Eagles prior to the start of the 2016 regular season. He had an impact in a loss at the Giants that season, catching a 58-yard pass and finishing the game with two receptions for 69 yards. Treggs had just one more catch the rest of the season. Treggs did not make the team’s 53-man roster to open 2017, but was on the practice squad before joining Cleveland’s 53-man roster. After the Browns released him, Treggs re-joined the Eagles’ practice squad for the remainder of 2017.
WR Greg Ward: A former quarterback at the University of Houston, Ward looked good at wide receiver as a rookie signed after the 2017 NFL draft. Ward caught 9 passes for 63 yards in the Eagles’ preseason and stayed with the team for the 2017 season on the practice squad refining his rough edges.
CB De’Vante Bausby: Already in his short career Bausby has been with Kansas City, Chicago, Kansas City again and then the Eagles as a member of the team’s practice squad in 2017. He’s got size at 6-2 and has 8 career tackles from his time with on the Chicago active roster in 2016.
TE Billy Brown: Signed by the Eagles following the 2017 NFL draft, Brown caught 8 passes for 51 yards last summer in the preseason before the Eagles released him. After the 53-man roster was established, Brown was added to the team’s practice squad, joining Zach Ertz, Brent Celek and Trey Burton in the tight end room throughout the season.