UPDATE: The Eagles signed Hall to the 53-man roster and released Antwan Barnes on Saturday.
5’8, 187 pound undrafted free agents typically have a short shelf-life in the NFL. They don’t tend to make it beyond training camp, if they even survive the first round of cuts. Don’t tell that to Chad Hall.
The Eagles signed the 2008 Air Force graduate to their practice squad, and now due to a series of transactions and injuries, Hall may be in line for some playing time. The Birds released Hank Baskett on September 21st, leaving them with just four wide receivers on the roster.
Last week, Riley Cooper sustained a concussion and will not travel to San Francisco. That leaves Philadelphia with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant. Head coach Andy Reid hasn’t decided yet if he will sign Hall off the practice squad to be the fourth wideout, but he’s on the trip to California.
“I’ll travel Chad out there. I haven’t made any moves, but I will travel Chad with us,” Reid said on Friday.
The small, speedy wide receiver said he hopes to get the opportunity and make the most of it, and he’s been preparing this week for all possibilities.
“Mentally I’ve been studying the game plan, just knowing every position, because we’ve only got maybe three [wide receivers] right now,” Hall said. “I’m just preparing like I do every week though, in case something happens during practice or anything like that. So it’s the same thing I’ve done every week, but now I’m just going on the trip and we’ll see what happens.”
Hall was used on the special teams units in training camp, particularly as a returner. He said he’ll be ready for anything if he’s utilized in San Francisco. For now, he’ll have to wait and see, as Reid continues to wait to announce his decision. In fact, Hall doesn’t know when he’ll find out.
“I don’t know,” Hall said. “It’s my first time, you know?”