Eagles sign 5 to practice squad including McNutt, Rau

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The Philadelphia Eagles signed four familiar names to their practice squad on Saturday: TE Chase Ford, FB Emil Igwenagu, WR Marvin McNutt, and LB Ryan Rau. All players were previously a part of the roster before the team’s NFL mandated cut to a 53-man roster on Friday. League sources also say that DE Frank Trotter has been signed to the PS, according to CSNPhilly.

C Chase Beeler is a new name (6-3, 285) signed to the team. He spent last year on the 49ers practice squad and was center to this year’s #1 draft pick Andrew Luck at Stanford.

Fan favorite WR Chad Hall is said to have been offered a spot on the Eagles practice squad for the second year in a row but he declined the opportunity. You can’t blame him–he’s talented and believes in himself and is going to try to make an NFL roster. I wish him luck.

NFL teams have a total of 8 practice squad spots available.

Other news action from the Eagles this busy Saturday:

-Offensive T/G Nate Menkin (6-4, 296) was signed off of waivers from the Houston Texans. To make room for him, the team released CB Trevard Lindley, who would have been Philadelphia’s sixth corner. Menkins was signed by the Texans as an UDFA out of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. Tommy Lawlor has checked him out  Menkins and provides some great insight into the pickup here.

-The Eagles young players are the ones who have really made waves this offseason. Philadelphia believes in the power of youth, and a perfect example is the team’s waiving of veteran corner Joselio Hanson, prefering the youth and possibility of rookie Brandon Boykin. The average age of the team’s roster right now? 25.5.

-In the whirlwind that’s been the past 24 hours, I neglected to tell you much about S David Sims (5-9, 204-pound), who the Eagles obtained via a trade for a  conditional 2013 draft pick from their Week 1 opponent, the Cleveland Browns. Sims spent the last 5 weeks on the Browns’ practice squad before re-signing with the team in January. He originally joined the NFL as an UDFA with the Giants in 2011.

Sims played college ball at Iowa State, where he was a 2-year letterman and had 188 tackles and six interceptions in 24 games. In 2009, Sims was named the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. He began his college career as a running back at Butte Community College, where he was a teammate of OG Danny Watkins.

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