What the addition of former Army player Brett Toth means for the Eagles
By NICK FIERRO | The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) | Published: August 17, 2019
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (Tribune News Service) — The signing of tackle Brett Toth by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday was hardly a surprise. Their interest was well known since his appearance in the 2018 Senior Bowl.
As a player coming out of Army, Toth wasn’t able to turn pro right away, however, until a recent adjustment by President Trump that now allows for deferment of the minimum 24-month service requirement for service academy graduates.
In Toth’s case, he’s already served a year and will complete his service after his football career is over.
The Eagles are hoping that won’t be for another decade or so, because Toth obviously showed ability in college as the first player from Army ever to be invited to the Senior Bowl.
So what does this mean for the Eagles if Toth proves worthy of a roster spot?
Some people have speculated that a trade could be in the works involving Halapoulivaati Vaitai or maybe even Jordan Mailata in a package that could land them an upgrade at another position. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is mentioned most.
That’s always possible with ultra-aggressive general manager Howie Roseman running the show, but Eagles fans should not hold their breaths.
More than likely, this is just a move to add what they think is a quality player who will make it that much tougher for the coaches when it comes to final cuts.
Toth is far from a finished product. And in a sense, he’s kind of the opposite of this year’s first-round pick Andre Dillard, who did very little run blocking in college. For Toth, it was the other way around. He’ll need some work on his pass sets, for sure.
On the other hand, here’s what an NFC scout said about him coming out of college, according to NFL.com: "I love this potential. Coaches see guys like this as moldable clay who they can build from the ground up because he’s disciplined, coachable and athletic. He’s the type of player that [Bill] Belichick goes after.”
Strong words for a strong athlete.
The only question is: Can the Eagles afford to carry another project similar to Mailata on the 53-man roster?
That would be an awfully strong sell, even to offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.
The feeling here is that there’s not room on the team for both, but stranger things have happened.
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