Daeshon Hall

Eagles sign running back Elijah Holyfield, place Daeshon Hall on Injured Reserve

Eagles sign running back Elijah Holyfield, place Daeshon Hall on Injured Reserve

The Eagles on Tuesday added running back Elijah Holyfield to the 53-man roster and placed defensive end Daeshon Hall on Injured Reserve.

Holyfield is the son of four-time heavyweight world boxing champion Evander Holyfield. He was undrafted this year out of Georgia.

Elijah Holyfield, who is 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, didn’t get much playing time his first two years in Athens but ran for 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns last year with a 6.4 average.

In 27 games at Georgia, he rushed for 1,340 yards and a 6.2 average. He had just seven catches for 63 yards in his entire college career.

Holyfield spent training camp with the Panthers and ran 19 times for 79 yards and a touchdown in the preseason.

The Panthers released him as part of final cuts but added him to the practice squad the next day, and he spent the entire season on the Panthers’ practice squad.

He became an unrestricted free agent when the Panthers’ season ended.

With Jordan Howard active but limited after missing two months with a shoulder injury and Miles Sanders coming off a sprained ankle he suffered Sunday, Boston Scott is the only healthy running back the Eagles had on the roster.

The Eagles bypassed a running back on their own practice squad, De’Angelo Henderson, to sign Holyfield. Henderson has played in eight games with the Broncos and Jets and has nine carries for 32 yards in his career.

Hall, a former 3rd-round pick of the Panthers, suffered a torn ACL on the final play of the regular season. He had a sack and four tackles this year.

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Daeshon Hall learned how to fillet a fish in college

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Daeshon Hall learned how to fillet a fish in college

Each week during the season, I go through the Eagles’ media guide to find one interesting fact about a player and ask them about it. 

This week, I reeled in defensive end Daeshon Hall. 

DZ: It says you’re surprisingly good at fishing. 

DH: Mmhmm. 

DZ: Is that true? 

DH: That’s definitely true. 

DZ: When did you start? 

DH: I think I started fishing maybe like, first or second grade. My mom took me to this rinky-dink pond. You know at the recreation (department) sometimes, how they have ponds and stuff. We went over there. Caught a little fish. And ever since then, I’ve been fishing. 

DZ: Where do you normally go? Lakes or …?

DH: Yeah, at A&M we had a bunch of little man-made lakes and stuff like that, so I went over there and fished over there. A lot of lakes. I get out on the Gulf (of Mexico) sometimes and go deep-sea fishing. 

DZ: What do you catch out there? 

DH: A lot of drum, like white drums, red drums … I forgot the other thing and we catch it a lot. There’s a whole bunch of different fish. And then, we do a lot of freshwater too, like bass and catfish. That kind of stuff. 

DZ: Do you cook it? Do you keep it? 

DH: Yeah, if it’s big enough, we eatin’ it. 

DZ: OK, do you know how to fillet fish? 

DH: Yup. 

DZ: Oh, you do? That’s a skill. 

DH: You know, survival of the fittest. 

DZ: (laugher) How’d you learn how to do that kind of stuff? 

DH: I didn’t know how to fillet fish until I got into college and stuff like that. But my roommate, his name was Alonzo (Williams), we used to go fishing. He was a big outdoorsman and he taught me how to do all this extra stuff that I was missing. 

DZ: Do you fish around here at all? 

DH: I haven’t been fishing in Philly yet. 

DZ: I don’t think there’s a ton of fishing right here, but there’s some. 

DH: Yeah, I gotta check it out. I’ve really only been fishing down south. 

DZ: Yeah, you gotta check it out. Thanks, man. 

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Miles Sanders, pass pressure and more in Roob's random points

Miles Sanders, pass pressure and more in Roob's random points

It's a long day waiting for kickoff at 8:20 p.m.

If you read one of Roob's 10 random Eagles points every 47 minutes that should just about get you there!

1. Not very many must-wins this early in the season. “A lot of football left to be played,” and all that. But this one is when you consider what’s facing the Eagles in their next eight games: at Packers (3-0), Jets (0-3), at Vikings (2-1), at Cowboys (3-0), at Bills (3-0), Bears (2-1), Patriots (3-0), Seahawks [2-1]? That’s a combined 18-6 — with half the losses belonging to the Jets. It’s hard to imagine a rougher stretch. This team needs a statement win. This team needs to play like a team with championship aspirations. This team needs to play 60 minutes. This team needs to make plays when they’re there to be made. This team needs its stars to be great, not just OK. The Eagles haven’t consistently done those things yet, and if they don’t do them at Lambeau tonight they’re looking at 1-3. The talent is there to go in there and get a win. There’s a lot working against the Eagles, but that’s when Doug Pederson has generally been at his best. 

2. Donovan McNabb threw 216 touchdowns in 148 games under Andy Reid. Patrick Mahomes, at his current pace, will throw his 216th touchdown in his 72nd game under Reid. Yeah, the game has changed, but … holy crap.

3. I don’t know if Daeshon Hall can make a huge difference when it comes to pass pressure, but I do know that based on what he did this preseason he deserves a chance. And this isn’t some training camp slappy who piled up stats against the other teams’ third-stringers. Hall was a third-round pick two years ago. The Eagles desperately need some production from their outside rushers and they have a guy who showed a lot of promise doing just that. Give me one reason not to give him a shot?

4. Speaking of pass pressure ... Brandon Graham is 31 years old now and in his 10th season, and we all love B.G. for everything he’s done here for the last decade, the way he battled through a lot of adversity and especially the strip-sack at the end of the Super Bowl. He’ll always be beloved around here. But three games in, he doesn’t have any sacks and honestly he hasn’t gotten close. He’s got just 4 1/2 sacks in 19 games since his ankle surgery after the Super Bowl. Last year he was coming off the injury. This year, he’s healthy, and the production just hasn’t been there. I need to see more.

5. Twenty-two NFL players have more sacks than the Eagles.

6. I got so many “Fire Mike Groh” tweets after that game Sunday I can’t even count them. Look, I don’t know if Mike Groh is as brilliant a football mind as Frank Reich, but I do know the Eagles scored 24 points against the Lions without DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery and with Dallas Goedert barely playing. Mike Groh didn’t coach anybody to drop eight passes or fumble three times. The Eagles piled up 373 yards and converted more than half their third downs without three of their top five weapons, and if your takeaway from that game is to fire Mike Groh, who doesn’t even call the plays … I don’t know what to tell you. He wasn’t the problem. 

7. LeSean McCoy had 195 yards from scrimmage in his first three NFL games. Miles Sanders has 190. 

8. The last two opposing QBs to throw three TDs with no INTs at Lambeau are Sam Bradford and Nick Foles.

9. I wonder thinking long-term what’s going to happen with Corey Clement. Last year was pretty much a lost year with the injuries, and with all the other running backs, he doesn’t seem to fit in the plans this year when he’s healthy, at least on offense. Kind of weird that a kid who probably would have finished third in the Super Bowl MVP voting behind Foles and Tom Brady is just kind of an afterthought right now. I think Corey is talented and can do a lot of things, and considering that Jordan Howard isn’t under contract beyond this year and nobody really expects Darren Sproles to keep playing, he could have a bigger role next year. He deserves it. I think the kid can play.

10. Five stats that might surprise you:

• The Eagles are 9th in the NFL in scoring

• Sanders is the first Eagles rookie ever with 125 or more yards from scrimmage in a game on 15 or fewer touches

• Only 12 teams have run the ball more than the Eagles this year

• This is the first time since 1957 that the Eagles have trailed by at least four points at halftime in each of their first three games

• Carson Wentz has 76 career TD passes. Only five QBs have thrown more in their first 43 career games: Dan Marino (98), Kurt Warner (95), Johnny Unitas (81) and Matt Stafford (77).

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