This morning, the Eagles announced the completion of their practice squad with the signing of three additional players: fullback Marcus Mailei, cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, and safety Reshard Langford. This makes seven of the eight practice squad players former Eagles that were released on Saturday, with the newcomer being linebacker Jeremy Leman. Here is a little more information about Leman from our friend Dave Spadaro:
The 6-2, 240-pound Leman was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent in 2008, but was released by the Vikings prior to the start of the regular season. He signed with the Panthers during the 2009 off-season and saw action in all four preseason games, registering 19 tackles.
A native of Champaign, IL, Leman was a four-year starter at Illinois and finished his collegiate career with 407 tackles and 8.5 sacks. He earned first-team All-America honors following his senior season in 2007.
That gives the Eagles eight players on the practice squad. Players can be dropped or added at any time, as long as the numbers of players on the practice squad does not exceed eight. Players can also be signed off the practice squad and added to another team's 53-man roster.
While the practice squad is by no means final, it is nice to see that Eagles haven't given up on young projects like Mailei and Ike, who still have the chance to develop into quality players once the depth above them clears up a bit. However, remember that placing these players on the practice squad means that any other team can claim them off waivers at any time throughout the season (ala LB Andy Studebaker from last year) so there is a chance we won't be seeing some them at training camp next year.