The Eagles have filled the remaining spots of their practice squad with the signings of defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (per NBCS Philadelphia’s John Clark), wide receiver Keesean Johnson (via NFL insider Adam Caplan), and tight end Nick Eubanks.
Johnson Brings A Bit Of Experience With Him
Out of the three new signings, Johnson is by far the most established. In two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (18 total games and five starts), Johnson has caught 36 receptions for 360 receiving yards and one touchdowns. The 2019 sixth-rounder was cut by Arizona on Tuesday after losing the battle for the WR6 spot.
Cardinals’ HC Kliff Kingsbury gave praise to the young wide receiver following the cut:
“We know (Johnson) can play in this league,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “It’s just tough competition in that room, there were some other guys that stepped up, and it just became a numbers game.”
With the addition of Johnson, the Eagles now have three wide receivers on the practice squad (the other two being Travis Fulgham and John Hightower).
Given the somewhat uninspiring options at the bottom of the Eagles’ wide receiver depth chart and on the practice squad, Johnson could end up making his way onto the roster this season and prove to be a useful piece down the line.
Eagles are adding WR KeeSean Johnson to the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/B4KCEYOkem
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) September 2, 2021
Eagles Add TE Depth In Eubanks, A Dallas UDFA
Eubanks was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys following the draft this past May. The Cowboys possess a decent TE group led by Blake Jarwin and Darren Schultz, so Eubanks wasn’t going to have an easy time cracking that roster.
The towering Eubanks (6’5″ to be exact) racked up 578 yards and six touchdowns during his four years at Michigan. According to SB Nation’s Maize N Brew, Eubanks’ average offensive stats were contributed to a variety of factors, from being off sync with receivers to not playing hard enough physically. Maize N Brew also noted that Eubanks’ abilities as a blocker and route runner need improvement if he wants a shot at an NFL roster.
Eubanks now becomes the only tight end on Philadelphia’s practice squad. With Tyree Jackson on the IR, Eubanks could be the first man up in the event of a TE injury.
If nothing else, perhaps Eubanks could provide the Eagles with some details on their hated rivals.
Eagles Build Up The DT Pipeline By Adding FSU Product
Like Eubanks, Wilson went undrafted and signed with the Cleveland Browns in May. Wilson was quite coveted at the time, with the Browns winning a bidding war by giving him a $30,000 signing bonus in addition to a $162,000 guaranteed base salary. Despite the hype that followed the tackle post-draft, the signing clearly didn’t work out for Cleveland.
Wilson, 22, attended Florida State and racked up 110 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks in 34 games from 2017-20. A former five-star prospect and 2019 All-ACC First Team selectee, Wilson dealt with a couple of injuries (hand and knee) that cut his final two seasons at FSU short.
Wilson now joins Raequon Williams as the only defensive tackles present on the PS. Perhaps the Eagles will be able to uncover the talent that many thought Wilson was capable of having.