The Philadelphia Eagles have added six players to their practice squad on Saturday, meaning they can still add two more players to get them to the league maximum of eight.
They added fullback Emil Igwenagu, wide receiver Marvin McNutt, tight end Chase Ford, center Chase Beeler, defensive tackle Frank Trotter and linebacker Ryan Rau to the practice squad.
McNutt is the biggest name on that list. The 6’3 wide receiver was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft and was expected to make an impact as a red zone target. But, he really struggled throughout training camp and caught just a single pass for 13 yards in four preseason games. The Eagles have five wide receivers on their roster and Mardy Gilyard and Chad Hall, both of whom were released, were probably higher on the depth chart than McNutt.
Igwenagu was originally in the competition for the starting fullback job. His ability to also play tight end made him a viable candidate, but in the end, the Eagles went with second-year player Stanley Havili as their starting fullback.
Ford had a good year at training camp and in the preseason, particularly as a blocker. He could be a third tight end candidate in the future.
Beeler was the center at Stanford for Andrew Luck. He spent the 2011 season on the practice squad with the San Francisco 49ers.
Trotter had a strong preseason and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make an impact if he ever does make the team for the Eagles.
Rau was CSNPhilly writer Reuben Frank’s dark horse pick to make the team. I agree that he played well in camp and the preseason. If one of the six linebackers was injured, Rau would be a good option, especially as a special teams player.
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