Eagles sign Davion Taylor and practice team

The Eagles signed linebacker Davion Taylor to the practice team on Thursday, league sources told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro.

Taylor returned to the Eagles a day after they released a former third-round pick from their 53-man roster.

Taylor, who started six times in the regular season last year, was surprise cut Wednesday after making his first roster Tuesday.

After a quick start, Taylor struggled in the preseason and struggled very hard in last Saturday’s preseason finale against the Dolphins in Miami.

Earlier Thursday, head coach Nick Siriani indicated that he probably wants Taylor back on the practice team.

“We still want Davion to be part of this organization. We’ll see what happens,” Siriani said. “He’s done some good things and played well. Hopefully this won’t be the last time we work with him.”

Later in the day, Taylor cleared waivers, became an unrestricted free agent, and was back in the team by late afternoon, being the 103rd pick in the 2020 draft.

Taylor, 24, suffered frequent injuries during his two seasons with the Eagles. He appeared in his 12 games as a rookie, last year he played in nine and he played in six, ending the season with a knee injury.

He has 51 career tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 2 forced fumbles in 282 career defensive snaps. He has also played 209 special teams his snaps, most of them rookie years.

With Taylor not currently on the active roster, the Eagles have four off-ball linebackers (TJ Edwards, Kyzyl White, Nakobe Dean and Sean Bradley).

The only other linebacker on the Eagles’ practice team is Christian Ellis, who missed a significant amount of time in training camp with a hamstring injury but is now healthy. Ellis, 23, played for Idaho. did.

The Eagles’ practice squad is currently filled with 16 players and Matt Leo, who has an international exception (third year).

Practice team members earn a minimum of $11,500 per week. They allow him to be promoted to the Gameday roster up to three times a year, and in those games he earns a minimum wage game check of $39,167.

Rarely has a player the Eagles drafted like Taylor show up on the practice team. The Eagles first drafted him in the first three rounds since his NFL practice team start in 1989, and the only other player on the practice team at any point in time was Washington, where he was drafted in the third round. Defensive he was end Daniel Theonesheim. in 2010.

Te’o-Nesheim was on the Eagles practice team from September 6th to November 6th. On February 22, 2011, he would spend his third season in Tampa before the Buccaneers signed him to an active roster.

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