Eagles sign Davion Taylor to practice squad


The Eagles added 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 they released the former third-round pick from the 53-man roster.

Taylor, who played well in six regular season starts last year, was surprised on Wednesday after making the first roster on Tuesday, but the Eagles needed a 53rd spot for quarterback Ian Book, who got them on a waiver claim.

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

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

“We still want Davion to be part of this organization, we’ll see what happens,” Sirianni said. “He’s done some good things and made some good moves for it, and hopefully this won’t be the last time we’ll be working with him.”

Later in the 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, suffered frequent injuries during his two seasons with the Eagles. Last year, he played in 12 games with one rookie start and nine games with six starts 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 has 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 in Idaho.

The Eagles’ training squad is now full of 16 players plus Matt Leo, who has an international exception (for its third year).

Those on the practice team earn a minimum of $11,500 per week. They can be placed on the game day roster up to three times a year, and they earn a game check with a minimum wage of $39,167 for those games.

It’s rare for a player the Eagles have drafted to show up as high as Taylor on the practice squad. Since the founding of the NFL’s practice squad in 1989, the only other player the Eagles drafted in the first three rounds who was on their practice squad at any point was defending Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, a Washington-chosen third round. in 2010.

Te’o-Nesheim was in the Eagles’ exhibition squad from September 6 through November. 22 of 2011 before being signed to their active roster by the Buccaneers, and he finished three seasons with Tampa.

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