Eagles add 9 to practice squad, including a Giants QB; Thorson now with Cowboys
The Eagles’ practice squad is complete – for now.
The team added nine players on Sunday, so there is room for one more.
Many of the faces are familiar, having been with the team during training camp.
They are: tight ends Josh Perkins and Alex Ellis, running back Boston Scott, receiver Greg Ward, offensive lineman Sua Opeta, linebacker Alex Singleton, and defensive tackle Bruce Hector.
VIDEO: Howie Roseman talks about waiving Greg Ward, who returned on the pracice squad
The newcomers are quarterback Kyle Lauletta (New York Giants) and receiver Marcus Green (Atlanta Falcons).
The practice squad is notable for who is not on it, including running back Josh Adams (New York Jets’ practice squad), quarterback Clayton Thorson (Dallas Cowboys practice squad), and offensive lineman Brett Toth (Arizona Cardinals put him on their 53-man roster).
Toth joined the team late in training camp after receiving a military waiver to become a professional football player while continuing to fulfill his military obligation after graduating from West Point. Toth was expected to work with Temple’s ROTC program while training with the Eagles.
After not playing football in more than a year, Toth actually looked OK in his only preseason action last Thursday night against the Jets. He arrived in Philly weighing just 290 pounds and had hoped to get his weight up to 315 quickly.
In speaking with him in the days leading up to the game in New York, Toth told me that he had his weight up to 315 and loved being with the Eagles, where he was learning a lot from tackles Lane Johnson and Jason Peters as well as line coach Jeff Stoutland.
Getting Hector back is interesting in that the Eagles traded him to the Cardinals during camp in exchange for safety/special teams standout Rudy Ford. Ford made the Eagles’ 53-man roster; Hector was waived by Arizona.
That Ward was not claimed in the waiver process and added to a 53-man roster is a bit of a surprise. The Eagles will take it, though.
Singleton said during camp that he would ponder whether or not to take a practice squad spot if he were released (and he was on Friday) or return to the CFL, where he starred for three seasons and won a Grey Cup with the Calgary Stampeders last year.
The addition of Lauletta, though, was one of Sunday’s big twists, along with running back Wendell Smallwood, who was waived on Saturday, joining the Washington Redskins’ 53-man roster.
These moves are significant when you consider that Smallwood was the Eagles’ fifth round draft pick in 2016 and will now be with a Redskins team that will be here for the season opener this weekend.
As for Lauletta, his signing meant the end of the line – at least here in Philly - for quarterback Clayton Thorson, who was taken by the Eagles in the fifth round of this past draft but released on Saturday.
Lauletta, who played at Downingtown East High School outside of Philadelphia in Chester County and at the University of Richmond, was a fourth-round pick in 2018 by New York. The 24-year-old had a decent preseason, completing 59 percent of his passes for 453 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 103.8.
Green was a sixth-round draft pick of the Falcons, and has plenty of speed. He could be looked at as developmental punt returner in addition to his skills as a receiver.
Meanwhile, the Thorson pick appears to have been a misevaluation. The organization must backtrack and figure out how they could’ve missed so badly in their pre-draft evaluation of him.
The Eagles had just five draft picks in the 2019 draft, so to miss on one is a very big miss.
The practice squad is typically very fluid during the course of the season. Those that are no it today may not be on it next week, because players become available all the time and any team can poach another team’s practice squad as long as they add that player to their 53-man roster.