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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 12: Britain Covey #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona.

Cut Down day has passed. Teams have trimmed their rosters down to 53, even if we all know none of these rosters are final. And all of the players waived yesterday have now either been claimed, or passed through waivers. Which means assembling the practice squad can now begin. And already we are seeing teams starting to fill out the 16-man squad with either their own cut players or guys cut by other teams.

Ever since the pandemic, teams can keep 16 players on their practice squad, and bringing players up and down from it each week is easier than ever. You can bring a player up from the practice squad up to 3 times now until you have to keep them on the roster. We saw the Eagles do that with Britain Covey 3 times last year. They would bring him up before the game to serve as the return man, and then send him down during the week. It makes the practice squad more useful than ever, and Howie Roseman more than any other GM loves to exploit those rules. He even said himself that they treat it like a 69-man roster.

We have already seen a few names get claimed elsewhere. K’Von Wallace joined his former Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon out in Arizona. Josh Sills joined his former Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen in Indianapolis. And despite clearing waivers, TE Tyree Jackson chose to sign with the Giants practice squad instead of returning to Philly. But most of the guys they cut made it through waivers and became eligible to sign with the Eagles. Meaning the Eagles have a pretty decent crop of guys to choose from.

Who will make the Eagles’ Squad this year? Which of the 37 players they cut yesterday will be back?

Here is everyone the Eagles have signed to their 16-man Practice Squad:

  • WR- Britain Covey

    One of the first guys the Eagles added to their practice squad was Return Man Britain Covey. And that is not surprising at all. He very well may be on the 53-man roster when the Eagles face the Patriots in week 1. He was solid as a return man last season and didn’t make any mistakes in that role. The Eagles don’t have many other guys around with experience returning punts, so expect him to be called up at some point to continue returning punts and kicks for them this year.

  • WR- Devon Allen

    Also not surprising is Devon Allen joining the Practice Squad. His speed is undeniable. He is genuinely an Olympic-level track and field athlete. The question is how to make that speed work in the NFL. We have not seen it work much as a WR yet, but he could probably be dangerous as a return man. Right now that job belongs to Covey, but if he gets hurt, or struggles, Allen could be there to fill in.

  • WR- Greg Ward

    The Eagles trust Greg Ward. He has been around the team since 2019, though last season it was on the practice squad. He sticks around in that role again. If someone were to get hurt, he would be the likely name to fill in. He can also serve as an emergency QB for what it is worth, though with the new rules about keeping a 3rd QB on the active roster in case of an injury, that is not quite as useful anymore.

  • LB- Kyron Johnson

    As expected, Kyron Johnson will also sign with the Eagles Practice Squad. The 6th round pick spent last season on the active roster and was one of their special teams aces. This year he starts the season on the practice squad, but is certainly a guy who could come up if they feel like they need another guy on Special Teams.

  • DE- Tarron Jackson

    Edge Rusher was a hard place for a guy like Tarron Jackson to break through on, even if he has been on the Eagles’ 53-man roster before. He played in all 17 games for them last year, even getting a single sack. But the addition of Nolan Smith and the return of Derek Barnett pushed him off the 53-man roster. If Barnett eventually gets traded though, he is the guy who might get the first look to be brought back up to the 53-man roster.

  • TE- Brady Russell

    UDFA Tight End will also make it onto the Eagles practice squad. He did some nice things in camp, even scoring a TD in the 2nd preseason game. But there just was not a role for him with the Eagles already having Dallas Goedert, Grant Calcaterra, and Jack Stoll at TE. Them trading for Albert Okwuegbunam really meant there was no room for him. But he will stick around the team for now on the Practice Squad. 

  • CB- Tiawan Mullen

    The first guy to be added to the Eagles practice squad who was not with them in camp. Mullen spent camp with the Chargers after signing with them as a UDFA out of Indiana. He had a very impressive season with Indiana in 2019 and 2020, garnering All-Big 10 honors, but struggled with injuries in 2021, and got picked on a lot in 2022. He is on the small side for a cornerback at 5ft10 but could be an interesting project. It can’t hurt to keep him around on the Practice Squad.

  • OL- Julian Good-Jones

    The Eagles are always good to stow a few promising Offensive Linemen on the Practice Squad. Good-Jones impressed in camp, there just was not much room for him. He was a Tackle in College but moved to Gaurd in the NFL. He has been around Eagles Camp for a few years now, but never quite made the team, and has spent some time in between playing in the CFL.

  • WR- Joseph Ngata

    One of the camp heroes is sticking around on the practice squad. Ngata is a former 5-star recruit, with great size and good speed for a WR. It has just never quite translated into on-the-field success. But that makes him an ideal practice squad guy. They can continue to work with him, trying to hone his skills, and hopefully one day he will be able to turn his good traits into good production.

  • P- Arryn Siposs

    The Arryn Siposs era in Philly is not over yet. They brought him back to the practice squad while they continue to look at other punters. So there is still a chance they do not sign someone else, and he gets called up in week 1 to punt. Hopefully, they do sign someone else though, because we have all seen enough of Siposs punting to know he is not the answer.

  • CB Mekhi Garner

    Another UDFA Corner who made it onto the practice squad. He led LSU with 8 pass breakups last year, and the Eagles have had success with undrafted SEC cornerbacks.

  • Center- Brett Toth

    With the Eagles’ backup Center, Cam Jurgens, also being their starting RG, it makes a lot of sense to keep an extra center on the practice squad, just in case. And Toth has experience playing center in the NFL when he has filled in for Jason Kelce for a few snaps here and there.

  • S- Tristin McCollum

    McCollum is another young guy in the secondary that the Eagles want to keep around for now. He was a UDFA out of Sam Houston State last year and hung around on their practice squad last season. He will spend another year there in 2023.

  • LB- Ben VanSumeren

    Ben Van Sumeran is another UDFA. His measurables and traits were always more impressive than his production at Michigan State, but there is enough potential there that you can understand why the Eagles would want to keep him around, and he was fairly active when he got a chance to play in the preseason. In fact, he led the Eagles in tackles.

  • DT- Thomas Booker

    Booker was a 5th-round pick out of Stanford by the Texans in 2022. With the Texans last year, he got .5 sacks and 10 tackles. He did not make their 53-man roster this season and instead landed on the Eagles Practice Squad.

  • OL- Le'Raven Clark

    Clark is no stranger to the Eagles roster. He was with them in 2021 and even started a game. The Colts selected him in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft. He has also played with the Titans and spent the Summer in the Steelers camp.

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