All eight practice squad spots are now accounted for, as the Eagles signed defensive end Brandon Bair on Wednesday morning.
The 6-6, 285-pound Bair played college ball at (you guessed it) the University of Oregon, posting 106 tackles (25.5 for a loss) and five sacks over four seasons in Eugene. He spent some time with the Chiefs and Raiders after going undrafted in 2011 but has not appeared in an NFL game.
Dennis Dixon has practice squad eligibility remaining but the Eagles decided to go in a different direction for now since they are carrying three quarterbacks on the roster.
Linebacker Emmanuel Acho, who originally made the 53-man before being released in favor of Najee Goode, cleared waivers. He could be an option down the road if he stays on the market.
Here is how the rest of the practice squad looks:
By 6 p.m. Saturday, the Eagles have to cut 22 players and get their roster down to 53. Many of the bubble guys will get a chance to make one final impression Thursday night, as Chip Kelly acknowledged there’s still “a lot up in the air.”
New offensive scheme, new defensive scheme, new coaching staff and new personnel. Kelly’s moves this weekend will tell us a lot about his roster-building philosophy. Keeping that in mind, here are 10 players whose future with the franchise hangs in the balance as we approach cut-down day.
Matt Barkley got a 2 vs. 2 matchup he liked on the perimeter, and so he threw the screen outside to Greg Salas.
The play-calls were exactly the same. Yet the quarterbacks made two different decisions, both which resulted in touchdowns.
We talked about run-pass options in this space over the weekend. And Grantland’s Chris Brown explained them further in his terrific piece about Chip Kelly’s offense. After Monday’s practice, we caught up with several players to gain a better understanding of the “packaged play” concept.
The Eagles made a roster tweak at wide receiver Friday, claiming Greg Salas off of waivers from the New England Patriots and releasing Mardy Gilyard.
The 6-1, 209-pound Salas was originally a fourth-round draft choice of the Rams in 2011 and had 27 receptions for 264 yards in his rookie season. He was traded to the Patriots in September but played in just one game before eventually being waived.
Salas attended the University of Hawaii and finished his collegiate career with 285 catches for 4,345 yards and 26 touchdowns.
The Eagles could very well be without Jason Avant (hamstring) Monday night. Riley Cooper (knee) returned to practice on Friday.