Brett Toth’s chances of making the Eagles roster was going to be a battle from the start of his first full training camp.
Toth started camp as one of 18 offensive lineman on Philadelphia’s 90-man roster, which included Pro Bowlers Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks. The 2018 West Point graduate was among the Eagles’ top 10 linemen when the team announced its final roster cuts Tuesday.
Toth, who turns 25 on Wednesday, was one of two former Army players to make 53-man roster along with Baltimore Ravens veteran tackle Ali Villanueva.
“We have an offensive line filled with Pro Bowl and All Pro players” Toth said in an interview with Scott Eisberg, sports director of WCIV in his hometown of Charleston, S.C. Tuesday. “I’m very fortunate because they are able to offer me insight and knowledge that a bunch of other guys can’t. From the same stance whenever you are a backup, which I am, grateful to be with this team, you have be able to learn every position possible.”
Chargers linebacker Cole Christiansen, Seahawks linebacker Jon Rhattigan and Eagles defensive back Elijah Riley, who all represented themselves well in the the preseason, were cut or waived Tuesday.
Toth’s versatility may have helped the former Army standout tackle earn his spot. Toth can play both guard and tackles position. He was featured at left guard in the Eagles’ final preseason game against the Jets last week. The Eagles trade of tackle Matt Pryor to the Colts may have solidified Toth’s place on the team. Toth played 78 of his 94 snaps of the 2020 season in Philadelphia’s last two games.
There’s a good chance that Christiansen, Rhattigan and Riley are signed to the practice squad of their respective teams tomorrow unless they are claimed off waivers by another club.
Christiansen made 16 tackles and recovered a fumble in the Chargers’ last two preseason games.
Rhattigan received the highest grade (94.4) of any Seahawks players in his debut against the Chargers Saturday, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. Rhattigan was credited for four tackles, two quarterback pressures and a pass breakup.
Riley collected seven tackles in the Eagles first two preseason games and intercepted a pass in the opener.