The Eagles have wrapped up at Lehigh and are inching closer and closer to the regular season. It won’t be too long before the Eagles are forced to make some decisions regarding their roster. Some players may be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning they’ll miss at least the first six games of the season. Other players will either be released from the team completely or held on the practice squad.
Today, we’ll take a look at some Eagles players who could land on the practice squad.
I just wrote about this guy and really like what I saw from him in the Jacksonville game. However, Eldra Buckley is slated as the third running back right now and has the edge over him.
The third running back competition was a very interesting one this year. There was a lot of talent and unfortunately the Eagles can’t keep all the running backs they have on the roster right now. Mallett looked great running the ball, and it would be nice to have him in our back pocket.
Scott’s situation reminds me a bit of what happened with Tony Hunt a few years back. Hunt came in as a running back who had a nice collegiate career and was moved to fullback. Things didn’t work out with Hunt and I don’t want to see it happen again with Scott.
Scott definitely has a better build to play fullback but also has a lot of talent as a ball carrier. Myself and a lot of other people in the Eagles community were high on this pick and expected big things out of Scott. Although things don’t seem to be panning out right now, I think it’s still possible that they could down the line.
Norwood is in a tough spot because of the insane depth the Eagles have at wide receiver this year. It seems that the team always hangs on to a few receivers on the practice squad and Norwood may very well be one of them. He was a bubble type player last year and did get to suit up for the team once last season.
I truly think the Eagles like Norwood as a player, he’s just not quite on the talent level of hanging with the starters the team has right now.
Here’s another Penn State player. Shipley is a guy I can see being successful in the NFL at some point but right now he’s still young. With the injuries the Eagles are seeing at the center position right now, I think they definitely have to try to keep a center on the practice squad.
The center that does end up on the practice squad could very well be called upon if another injury takes place.
Clayton is a rookie that seems to fit the bill in terms of defensive player the Eagles are looking for. He’s a speedy linebacker and that seems to be what the Eagles are high on right now. The linebacker group has an interesting combination of rookies, veterans, and guys in between. It will come down to a numbers game with the linebackers, but I do think the Eagles see Clayton as a guy they’d like to keep around.
Pope is a guy I don’t see filling one of the corner spots on the roster as the season opens up, but he does have some experience in the NFL. With the way the corner situation looks now, it’s hard to predict who will stay and who will go. Pope could be a nice guy to have around since he’s had some time in the league.
Let me note that I’m not an expert on this topic by any means and that this is just a personal projection. What players do you believe my end up on the practice squad?