Monday, September 03, 2007

6 Named to Practice Squad

Well folks, the Eagles named 6 players to their practice squad.

WR Michael Gasperson - been a PSer for a couple of season now, but hasn't broken through. This was probably his best preseason so far
WR Bill Sampy - deep thigh bruise kept him sidelined most of camp. The fact that they're keeping him on the P.S. solidifies the notion that the Eagles really like this guy. If healthy he might've challenged for a roster spot - its the only explanation I have for the Birds keeping two WRs on the P.S.
DT Jeremy Clark - consensus spot here. Clark stepped up and had a great camp. Lots of chatter about whether we should've kept him on the 53-man roster.
FB Jason Davis - he played the final preseason games like a man who really wanted a job. I don't think he showed enough to warrant the Eagles picking him over Thomas Tapeh, BUT it appears he did flash enough for the Birds to put him on the P.S. and not 7th round selection Nate Ilaoa
TE Lee Vickers - another consensus guy. This guy really jelled with rookie QB Kevin Kolb and though he's a converted DE he showed some good hands. With Celek busting out as well, there was no chance Vickers would make the active roster. IF L.J. moves on or the Eagles decide to part ways with Matt Schobel....Vickers could make the team next year
DE Marques Murrell - was all over the field against the NY Jets in the final preseason game. You could tell this guy was fighting for a job. A bit under-sized, he has a chance to develop into a situational pass-rusher.

As you know, NFL Practice Squad are allowed to have eight players on them. So why 6? The guess here is that at the time of the annoucement neither Marcus Paschal nor Akeem Jordan had cleared waivers. They made the original "final cut" down to 53, but we released when the Birds made some moves (see below). My guess is one or both fill out the squad.

post edit: My prediction (such as it was) was correct. Both Paschal and Jordan were signed to the practice squad once they cleared waivers.

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