Eagles sign former 3rd round pick for practice

The Eagles signed linebacker Davion Taylor to their practice squad on Thursday, a league source told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro.

Taylor returned to the Eagles a day after releasing the former third-round pick from the 53-man roster.

Taylor, who played well in six regular season starts last year, was cut by surprise on Wednesday after making the initial roster on Tuesday, but the Eagles needed a spot on the 53 for the quarter- rear Ian Book, which was awarded to them on waiver request.

After a quick start, Taylor struggled in the preseason and had a very tough time in the preseason finale against the Dolphins in Miami last Saturday.

Earlier Thursday, head coach Nick Sirianni indicated he hoped to bring Taylor back, presumably to the practice squad.

“We still want Davion in this organization, we’ll see what happens,” Sirianni said. “He did some good things and made some good plays, and I hope this isn’t the last time we work with him.”

Later that day, Taylor cleared waivers, making him an unrestricted free agent, and by late afternoon he was back with the team that made him the 103rd pick in the 2020 draft. .

Taylor, 24, was frequently injured during his two seasons with the Eagles. He played 12 games with one start as a rookie and nine games with six starts last year before a knee injury ended his season.

He has 51 career tackles, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles in 282 career defensive snaps. He also played 209 special teams snaps, mostly his rookie year.

With Taylor not currently on the active roster, the Eagles have four off-ball linebackers – TJ Edwards, Kyzir White, Nakobe Dean and Shaun Bradley.

The only other linebacker on the Eagles’ practice squad is Christian Ellis, who missed a lot of time in training camp with a hamstring injury but is now healthy. Ellis, 23, played at Idaho.

The Eagles practice squad is now complete at 16 plus Matt Leo, who has an international exception (for the third year).

Those on the practice squad earn at least $11,500 a week. They can be high on the game day roster up to three times a year, and they earn a minimum salary of $39,167 for those games.

It’s rare for a player the Eagles drafted as high as Taylor to appear on the practice squad. Since the NFL’s practice squad was established in 1989, the only other player the Eagles have drafted in the first three rounds who was at any point on their practice squad was defensive end Daniel Te. ‘o-Nesheim, a Washington third-round pick. in 2010.

Te’o-Nesheim was on the Eagles practice squad from September 6 to November 21. 22 of 2011 before being signed by the Buccaneers on their active roster, and he ended up spending three seasons with Tampa.

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