Eagles Make Final Gameday Decision on Practice Squad Players

Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders

Getty Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders highlight a crowded backfield for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be elevating anyone from the practice squad for Week 1, per the NFL transactions wire. The team had protected four players – RB Jordan Howard, S Elijah Riley, OT Le’Raven Clark, WR John Hightower – but none were bumped up to the active roster.

The decision not to promote anyone is mildly surprising considering depth issues at safety. Starter Rodney McLeod is out and Marcus Epps is expected to take his place at strong safety against the Atlanta Falcons. Anthony Harris is the starting free safety, with K’Von Wallace serving as the only true reserve there. Backup nickel cornerback Andre Chachere could see time at safety in a pinch.

Veteran running back Jordan Howard had been a trendy pick to get the call to the 53 as a possible insurance policy behind Miles Sanders. Instead, the Eagles will head into the regular-season opener with rookie Kenneth Gainwell and utility back Boston Scott rounding out the backfield. All three players have dual-threat ability as pass-catchers, something Howard has traditionally struggled with. It would seem as if the team is comfortable with the rushers currently on the roster.

“I’m excited about that group. With Miles [Sanders] and Boston [Scott] and Kenny [Gainwell], Miles has played in this league, he’s done a lot of really good things, so really like where he’s at,” offensive coordinator Shane Steichen said of his backs. “Same with Boston, he’s an experienced guy who’s done a lot of good things. And then Kenny being a young guy, he’s shown some really good things throughout training camp and in the preseason games. That group as a whole, very excited about those guys.”

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