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Eagles Get Back Their Hart

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    Eagles get back their Hart

    The Eagles on Wednesday signed defensive-tackle-turned-offensive tackle Taylor Hart ... again. 

    Hart, 26, was once an Eagles' fifth-round pick back in 2014 as a defensive tackle out of Oregon. But he switched from defensive line to offensive line last offseason in an attempt to extend his career. It didn't really work at the time. 

    Despite Hart having a really good spring and training camp, the Eagles went light on their offensive line, which left him without a job and without any real prospects. The Eagles brought him back for about 20 days during the season, but cut him when they signed Will Beatty off the street. 

    Hart had been without a team until the Eagles brought him back to their 90-man roster on Wednesday. 

    Hart's switch from defense to offense started late in the 2016 season, when the Eagles needed help in practice on the offensive line. Hart jumped over in a pinch but ended up looking much better than a defensive lineman playing the role of an OT. So after the season, he switched positions and began working with the team as an offensive tackle in the spring. 

    While all of his NFL playing time has come on defense, Hart has still played in games, so he's not eligible for the practice squad. That means he has likely been trying to stay as sharp as possible while away from the facility. 

    Before the Eagles signed him in October for that near-month stretch, Hart worked out with retired 20-year offensive lineman Jackie Slater in California. It's likely that's what he's been up to in the last few months. 

    The Eagles have spent the last couple weeks filling out their 90-man roster. Since the Super Bowl win, the Eagles have signed 10 players, including Hart and nine players who were on their practice squad in 2017. 

    The other players they've signed are WR Rashard Davis, OG Darrell Greene, CB D.J. Killings, S Tre Sullivan, WR Bryce Treggs, WR Greg Ward, CB De'Vante Bausby and TE Billy Brown. 

    The Eagles won't be back together for practices (OTAs) until May, well after free agency and the draft are over.