The Eagles reported to training camp on Tuesday and the organization used that demarcation line to finalize a few tweaks to Nick Sirianni’s coaching staff, announcing five promotions and an addition.
The biggest change was known since the spring when marquee free-agent signing Haason Reddick confirmed to JAKIB Sports that his meetings were being led by Jeremiah Washburn and included both the SAM linebackers and traditional defensive ends.
Washburn was officially designated as the defensive ends/outside linebackers coach on Tuesday after serving in a dual role that encompassed both scouting and coaching over the prior two years (director of player personnel/senior defensive assistant).
Tracy Rocker handled the entire defensive line last season for Sirianni and now teaches the interior defensive linemen on a day-to-day basis, a talented group that includes first-round pick Jordan Davis.
Defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson. largely regarded as No. 2 on the defensive coaching staff, was also given the title of defensive passing game coordinator.
Other promotions included former NFL quarterback Alex Tanney being bumped up from offensive quality control to assistant quarterbacks coach and offensive assistant where he’ll be working under current QB coach Brian Johnson. Eric Dickerson, who had been working as a defensive assistant, flips sides of the football to take over the offensive QC job.
Finally, Sirianni’s former assistant Tyler Scudder is now a defensive assistant, and Scott Kaniecki, who had been working in personnel with the Cleveland Browns, joins the staff as the administrative assistant to Sirianni.
The Eagles also made some minor roster moves before they hit the practice field for the first time Wednesday morning, bringing in defensive tackle Kobe Smith as a replacement for the 345-pound Noah Elliss, an undrafted free agent out of Idaho who was waived with a non-football injury designation.
Philadelphia also waived receiver Josh Hammond and will be signing tight end Jaedan Graham, according to his agent Sean Stellato.
Graham was an all-Ivy League tight end at Yale, who signed as an undrafted free agent with Atlanta and has been with the Falcons for parts of four seasons, recording nine receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown.