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Eagles bring a wide receiver back, waive a quarterback

Roster news ahead of the first training camp practice.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are re-signing wide receiver Marcus Green and waiving quarterback Kyle Lauletta, according to Dave Spadaro.

The Eagles originally waived Green back on July 26 in order to help trim the roster down to the 80-player training camp limit that teams are dealing with this year due to COVID. Teams are normally allowed to have up to 90 players on their offseason roster.

News of the Eagles re-signing Green was first reported on August 5 but hadn’t been confirmed until now. Here’s what we wrote at the time:

It’s not perfectly clear why the Eagles decided to bring Green back. They did keep him on their practice squad for most of the 2019 season so they must like something about the 23-year-old’s developmental potential.

Green, a 2019 sixth-round pick, also has some return experience. He’s a long shot to make the 53-man roster, though.

The Eagles originally acquired Lauletta after the New York Giants last September and made him one of the NFL’s highest paid practice squad players. Here’s what we previously wrote about Lauletta heading into camp:

It would’ve been interesting to get a first impression of Lauletta in spring practices since we didn’t get to see him at all after he joined the Eagles’ practice squad in September 2019. Lauletta theoretically could’ve pushed for the Eagles’ No. 2 job behind Wentz but now he’s probably only bound to make the practice squad again at best.

Lauletta’s preseason performance from last year keeps me intrigued in his long-term potential. Maybe he’ll be the No. 3 guy in 2021 with Sudfeld leaving and Hurts moving up to No. 2?

I had the Eagles keeping Lauletta on the practice squad and perhaps it’s possible the two sides will reconvene down the road. But for now he’s gone and Green is back.

The Eagles parting ways with Lauletta means they’re down to three quarterbacks in camp: Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, and Jalen Hurts. The presence of Hurts makes Lauletta especially expendable.