The all-time Eagles practice squad All-Stars!
Boston Scott (2019)
This is definitely the Year of the Practice Squad. Not just Monday night, when Boston Scott, Greg Ward and Josh Perkins, who all were on the Eagles' practice squad earlier this year, combined for 199 yards of offense in the Eagles’ OT win over the Giants. But all year. A remarkable 18 players have spent time on the Eagles’ active roster this year who have been on a practice squad. Ten were on the Eagles’ practice squad this year, two more were on the Eagles’ practice squad in previous years and six others have been on other teams’ practice squads. Of those 18, 14 are currently on the roster. With that in mind, here is the all-time Eagles practice squad. These are 10 players who at one point were on the Eagles’ practice squad who went on to prominent NFL careers either here or elsewhere.
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Danny Amendola (2008, 2009)
Before he was one of the better slot receivers in the NFL, Amendola was practicing in anonymity with the Eagles. The Rams signed Amendola off the Eagles’ practice squad in 2009, and he now has 535 catches for 5,223 yards and 21 TDs in 11 seasons. He won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots and is still going strong at 34 with 50 catches for 539 yards this year for the Lions. His 535 catches are seventh-most in NFL history by an undrafted player, and nine more catches moves him up to sixth.
Kyle Arrington (2008)
The undrafted free agent cornerback from Hofstra spent training camp with the Eagles in the summer of 2008 but was released and signed to the practice squad. He didn’t last long though, because the Eagles cut him to make room on the practice squad for another defensive back: Jonathan Hefney. Hefney never played in the NFL, but Arrington did. Like so many other unwanted guys, he landed in New England and in 2011, just three years after he wasn’t good enough to stay on the Eagles’ practice squad, he led the NFL with seven interceptions. He spent six years with the Patriots, starting at cornerback on two Super Bowl teams, one champ, before finishing his career with the Ravens in 2015.
Jamaal Jackson (2003, 2005)
Before he settled in as the Eagles’ starting center from the middle of 2005 through 2009, Jamaal Jackson had two stints on the practice squad. In the middle of 2005, when Hank Fraley suffered a season-ending injury, Jackson — an undrafted free agent from Delaware State — went right from the practice squad to the starting lineup, and he stayed there for the 2006, 2008 and 2009 playoff seasons. He remained with the Eagles through 2011, turning a practice squad start into a seven-year NFL career.
A.J. Feeley (2002)
It was a wild 2002 for A.J. Feeley. He started out on the active roster, he was released and spent two weeks on the practice squad, he rejoined the active roster in Week 6 and just five weeks later, with Donovan McNabb getting hurt against the Cards and Koy Detmer a week later against the 49ers, Feeley led the Eagles for five weeks, going 4-1 with consecutive wins over the Cards, Seahawks, Redskins and Cowboys. McNabb came back and Feeley returned to the bench, but without his terrific play the Eagles never would have had the opportunity to reach the NFC Championship Game. To this day, Pete Liske is the only QB that the Eagles have drafted in the 5th round or later who’s won more games at QB for the Eagles than Feeley. In all, Feeley played 11 years in the NFL.
Raheem Mostert (2015)
Raheem Mostert had a huge preseason for the Eagles in 2015, with 157 rushing yards, 194 receiving yards and an NFL-high 351 scrimmage yards. Chip Kelly cut him in favor of Kenjon Barner and he initially cleared waivers before signing to the Eagles practice squad. But the Dolphins signed him off the Eagles’ practice squad to their 53-man roster a week later and after bouncing from the Dolphins to the Browns to the Ravens to the Bears, he wound up in San Francisco in 2017. All he’s done the last two years is rush for 869 yards and five TDs. His 6.3 career rushing average is highest in NFL history by a running back with at least 100 yards. Two weeks ago, he ran for 146 yards for the 49ers against the Ravens.
Steve Neal (2001)
Steve Neal’s claim to fame before signing with the Eagles as an undrafted offensive lineman in 2001 was winning two NCAA Division 1 wrestling titles, including the 1999 title over Brock Lesnar of Minnesota. He spent most of the 2001 season on the Eagles’ practice squad before the Patriots signed him to their active roster in mid-December. He spent the next couple years with the Patriots but missed much of 2002 and all of 2003 with a shoulder injury. In 2004, he took over at right guard, and he stayed there for most of the next seven years. Neal started in three Super Bowls, winning one, before retiring after the 2010 season.
Damien Robinson (1997)
Despite drafting Robinson in the fourth round, the Eagles released Robinson at the end of training camp and signed him to the practice squad. He lasted for a month before the Buccaneers signed him. In 1999 and 2000, Robinson started all 32 games for the Bucs and had 10 interceptions, and in 2000, he was sixth in the NFL with six INTs. After two years with the Jets, Robinson finished his six-year career with the Seahawks in 2003.
Clinton Hart (2002)
Hart took a circuitous route to the Eagles’ practice squad. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels but elected to play college baseball before starting his pro football career with stints in the Arena League and World League. He joined the Eagles on the practice squad late in the 2002 season, and by 2003 he was on the roster, and when Brian Dawkins suffered a serious foot injury, it was Hart who replaced him at free safety for nine games. The Eagles released Hart the next fall, and he signed with the Chargers where he spent the next six years, starting 39 games and picking off 10 passes. Hart started on the 2007 Chargers team that lost to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Hart’s brother, Keanu Neal, is a starting safety with the Falcons.
Tony Stewart (2002)
Stewart was the Eagles’ fifth-round pick in 2001 but only played in three games for the Eagles before spending five years with the Bengals and three years with the Raiders. Stewart developed into one of the better blocking tight ends and special teamers in the league. Stewart only caught 76 passes for 623 yards and three TDs, but he played in 115 games overall from 2003 through 2009. During that span, he played in 109 of a possible 112 games.