Getty Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.
The Washington Commanders have signed offensive lineman Julian Good-Jones from the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad, the Commanders announced on November 7th.
Good-Jones, an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State, signed with the Eagles after the 2020 draft. Philly released him as part of final roster cuts that year and he made a second appearance with the team this season.
Good-Jones, 26, signed a future/reserve contract with the Eagles in January 2023 and was placed on the practice squad after failing to make the team’s 53-man roster.
Now Good-Jones will be added to the NFL roster for the first time. Washington recently placed rookie offensive lineman Ricky Stromberg on injured reserve to give the Commanders some depth.
Julian Good-Jones offers depth and versatility at OL
After being released from Philly in 2020, Good-Jones moved to the Canadian Football League. There he played for the Calgary Stampeders in the 2021 and 2022 seasons. He played 22 games over two seasons for the Stampeders before being released to pursue opportunities in the NFL. He then ended up with the Eagles.
Good-Jones played in all three preseason games for Philadelphia this year and his versatility as an O-lineman was on full display. According to Pro Football Focus, he played 77 snaps at left guard and 40 snaps at center. He allowed hurries and 1.0 sacks in 85 pass-blocking snaps.
His ability to move around the line is an asset despite his inexperience. His ability to play multiple positions is something he has mastered since he was a college student at Iowa State. Here’s what NFL.com draft expert Lance Zierlein had to say about Good-Jones ahead of the 2020 draft:
“He has starting experience at tackle and center but could find strength as a zone plan guard with position flexibility. He plays with lateral quickness and extra fluidity in space. He is able to reach challenging angles on the go. He lacks length and is more durable than strong, which could impact his ability to maintain contact when blocked. Good-Jones has the footwork to match athletic rushers, but needs to maintain balance and improve his use of his hands in pass protection. Positional versatility and athleticism could make him a premier NFL backup.”
The O-linemen on the Eagles’ practice squad have been very popular so far this season
Julian Good-Jones is the third offensive lineman to be recruited from the #Eagles practice squad this season, joining Brett Toth and Tire Phillips.
Good-Jones offered value as a reserve center. https://t.co/XKbOlxeAqz
— Andrew DiCecco (@AndrewDiCecco) November 7, 2023
Good-Jones was the third offensive lineman to be cut from Philly’s practice squad so far this season.
First, the New York Giants signed tackle Tire Phillips from the Eagles’ PS on October 17th. Phillips, who played in 12 games for the Giants last season, was released by New York before the start of the 2023 regular season. After that, the Eagles got him, but due to injuries to their OL, it wasn’t long before the Giants re-signed Phillips.
A week later, on October 24, the Carolina Panthers signed tackle Brett Toth from Philly’s practice squad. Toth first signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He played in 17 games (one start) for Philadelphia during the 2020–2021 season. He hasn’t played at all this year.
Now that Good-Jones is gone, the Eagles no longer have any offensive linemen on their practice squad. Expect them to soon fill the spot vacated by Good-Jones.
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