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Eagles practice squad tracker: Travis Fulgham, Jordan Howard part of initial group


Updated: Sep. 01, 2021, 4:16 p.m. | Published: Sep. 01, 2021, 12:40 p.m.
Several rookies and second-year players were flying around the field when the Eagles were taking on the Jets in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 31-31 tie.
While many consider the final preseason game meaningless, the players that were diving, tackling, and blocking or trying to put their performances on tape, hoping that they earned a roster spot, hoping to continue their aspirations of playing in the NFL.
After the Eagles made their final cuts Tuesday afternoon, getting down to 53 players, the players who did not initially make the team can come back hoping their tape has at least earned them a spot on the practice squad.
The NFL allows for 16 players to be on a practice squad. However, the Eagles are permitted 17 players because they are expected to add defensive end Matt Leo. Leo is part of the NFL’s International Pathway Program, giving the Eagles an additional slot.

Read more: Eagles cut Travis Fulgham, John Hightower, 18 others ahead of 53-man roster deadline | Breaking down each move

There has been added importance to the practice squad because of rules that were implemented in 2020. Teams are allowed to bring up two players to dress for a game. Teams are also entitled to have six veteran players on their practice squad regardless of how many years they have played in the league.
The Eagles have used this to their advantage, bringing up Travis Fulgham and Sua Opeta, who started games for the team last season.
Below is a live tracker to follow all of the Eagles-related movement regarding the team’s practice squad:
Eagles announce/confirm players
The Eagles announced their initial practice with two spots remaining:
- S Grayland Arnold
- G/T Kayode Awosika
- OT Le’Raven Clark
- WR Travis Fulgham
- WR John Hightower
- RB Jordan Howard
- RB Jason Huntley
- CB Michael Jacquet
- CB Craig James
- DE Matt Leo (international exemption)
- G Sua Opeta
- C/G Ross Pierschbacher
- S Elijah Riley
Eagles add another defensive tackle
NJ Advance Media has learned that defensive tackle Raequan Williams has been signed to the practice squad. Williams is the second big-bodied defensive tackle the team added to the practice squad Tuesday. Willams played in six games for the Eagles last season, garnering five total tackles.


Elijah Riley re-signs with the team

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro reports the Eagles will add safety Elijah Riley to the practice squad. Another special teams standout, Riley will spend his second season with the team.

Eagles reportedly add former Florida State defensive lineman
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, the Eagles are bringing in defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. Wilson initially signed with the Cleveland Browns, but the Brows waived him Tuesday. At 303 pounds, he is a better run stuffer. Given the way Wilson plays, it could mean that either Raequan Williams or Hassan Ridgeway will not return.
Eagles keep promising young lineman
NJ Advance Media has learned that the Eagles will be bringing back offensive lineman Kayode Awosika. Awosika played both guard and tackle and played well enough to earn a spot on the roster. Awosika held his own in pass protection and displayed the ability to make an initial block on a defensive lineman


Familiar offensive lineman and a sixth-round pick coming back clears waivers, returns to team

Linebacker JaCoby Stevens will remain with the Eagles. NBC Sports Philadephia’s Dave Zangaro reports Stevens will be added to the practice squad. A converted safety, Stevens will be able to get more experience playing the position. Stevens did play well in coverage during training camp.
Zangaro also reported that Sua Opeta will return to the Eagles. Opeta started three games at left guard last season. He and Brett Toth played well together on the left side of the line, especially in the run game.
Former Colts offensive lineman wants to stay in Philadelphia
Tackle Le’Raven Clark, who the Eagles signed as a free agent in the offseason, will sign with the Eagles to join their practice squad, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. Clark can play both tackle positions in case there is an injury to Jordan Mailata or Lane Johnson. Rapoport said Clark, who has recovered from an Achilles injury he suffered last season playing for the Indianapolis Colts, drew interest from several teams, but preferred to remain in Philadelphia and learn from offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

Eagles bring back offensive lineman

NJ Advance Media has learned that Ross Pierschbacher, the player who the Eagles picked up from the Washington Football Team last season, is coming back to the Eagles to join their practice squad. Pierschbacher played center in training camp, but can also play guard. The Eagles value versatility on the offensive line and Pierschbacher’s ability to play both positions helps him earn a spot.
The return of Matt Leo
As previously mentioned, Matt Leo will return to the Eagles’ practice squad. A native of Australia, Leo had a good game Friday against the Jets, garnering three total tackles. Leo’s return allows him to remain with the Eagles and continue his development.


Cornerback Michael Jacquet returning to Philadelphia

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro reports that Michael Jacquet is returning to the Eagles to be on the practice squad. Heading into his second season, Jacquet had a rough training camp, but he did have his moments. Jacquet recovered a fumble against the Jets and returned it for a touchdown. The team hopes he can turn things around and develop into a serviceable cornerback.


Eagles add special teams ace

Craig James was added to the practice squad. NJ Advance Media learned that the special teams ace will remain with the team. James was dealing with a foot injury and missed the last preseason game agains the Jets.


Jason Huntley will be added to the practice squad


NJ Advance Media has learned that running back Jason Huntley will join the practice squad. Huntley, who the Eagles claimed off waivers from the Detroit Lions, was playing well in training camp before suffering a rib injury that sidelined him. Huntley is a good kick returner with a lot of speed. Huntley also showed a good catch the ball out of the backfield.





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