Eagles release rookie safety Roberts

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Eagles have waived safety Stephen Roberts on Saturday. No corresponding move was made.

With the release of Roberts, the Eagles have just five safeties left on their roster. The team places their final preseason game on Thursday against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field at 7 pm.

Former Auburn Tigers player Stephen Roberts runs with the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners

Stephen Roberts running the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners (Getty Images)

After that game, Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson, along with the rest of the staff, will have to decide who will back up starters Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. Behind those two, Corey Graham, Jeremy Reaves, and Tre Sullivan are also on the roster.

He signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent. He played collegiate football at Auburn.

As a senior in 2017, he had 50 tackles, including 6.0 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and seven pass deflections in 13 games. As a junior in 2016, he had 57 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, and two pass deflections.

In his first two seasons, he had 29 tackles, one forced fumble, and three pass deflections.

Roberts will not attempt to sign with a new team before the rosters are set.

It’s not nearly impossible for an undrafted free agent to make a starting roster in the NFL, but the odds are definitely against him. He may have to prove himself in another league — more than likely — before having a second chance within the NFL.

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