The Philadelphia Eagles have officially signed 10 players to their NFL practice squad, according to an official announcement from the team. All 10 players were eligible to join the 10-man practice squad after clearing waivers at noon today on Sunday. Nine players spent time with the Eagles this offseason; one did not.
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Eagles practice squad 2015
At a glance:
RB Raheem Mostert
LB Deontae Skinner
OL Brett Boyko
TE Chris Pantale
CB Randall Evans
OL Malcolm Bunche
WR Quron Pratt
S Ed Reynolds
DE Brian Mihalik
WR Freddie Martino
TE Chris Pantale - Pantale is the only player on the practice squad who wasn't previously a member of the Eagles. The 25-year-old tight end originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets in 2013. He dressed for five games with the Jets in 2014. Pantale played for Boston College, which is where current Eagles quarterback coach Ryan Day used to coach. Pantale most recently spent training camp with the Chicago Bears. He measures in at 6-5, 254 pounds.
RB Raheem Mostert - The undrafted free agent rookie running back finished the 2015 NFL preseason with the most rushing yards and yards from scrimmage of any player. He also flashed ability as a kick returner. Mostert became a fan favorite due to his strong preseason performance so people will be happy to see him stick around.
ILB Deontae Skinner - The 24-year-old Skinner joined the Eagles late in training camp. He actually looked OK during the preseason games but the Eagles are already loaded at inside linebacker. Skinner has some NFL experience with the Patriots.
OL Brett Boyko - The Eagles gave this undrafted free agent rookie a decent signing bonus so this was easy to see coming. Philadelphia's offensive line depth is questionable so it doesn't hurt to keep an extra player who can play tackle around.
CB Randall Evans - The Eagles used a sixth round pick on Evans in the 2015 NFL Draft but he never really showed much this summer. Undrafted rookie free agent Denzel Rice made the team over him. Evans is versatile; he's played on the outside, nickel, and at safety.
OL Malcolm Bunche - This is a player whom some (including myself) projected to make the Eagles' final 53-man roster. Bunche showed some real potential at right guard, especially as a run blocker. He's big (6-6, 320 pounds) and powerful. Perhaps he can compete for a starting job one day in the future. The Eagles could look to call up Bunche if their guards struggle and/or get injured.
WR Quron Pratt - The Rutgers alumnus spent the entire 2014 on the practice squad after flashing in training camp and preseason as a rookie. Pratt didn't do as much to stand out this offseason, so it's at least a little surprising he's sticking around again.
S Ed Reynolds - Philadelphia's 2014 fifth round draft pick is back for another year on the practice squad. Reynolds was pushing for a fourth or fifth safety spot on the Eagles' 53-man roster but just fell short. The 23-year-old safety dealt with some tackling issues in the preseason but he looked good in coverage and stood out on special teams. The Eagles are thin at safety so keeping Reynolds provides some extra depth at that spot.
DE Brian Mihalik - The Eagles used a seventh round pick on the 6-9, 282 pound Mihalik. He has intriguing size and athleticism but he's just too raw for the NFL right now. Not to mention the Eagles are already stacked at defensive end.
WR Freddie Martino - Martino joined the Eagles late in training camp. He had a decent preseason; he finished with five receptions for 95 yards (19.0 average) and an amazing touchdown catch in the Eagles-Jets finale. Martino has previously spent time on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.
Notable players who DID NOT make the practice squad: WR Rasheed Bailey, OLB Diaheem Watkins.