Wendell Smallwood has no hard feelings towards the Philadelphia Eagles — but he’s out for revenge this Sunday.
This past weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles had to make some unfavorable cuts in order to chop down their roster total to 53 guys. Over the last few years, they’ve kept more than four running backs on board as insurance for their committee of rushers.
This year though, they are looking to cut that number down. Only four running backs made it for now. Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles, and Corey Clement. Over the last three years, fifth-round pick Wendell Smallwood has survived final cuts, but year four was it for him.
Many Eagles fans were confused last season when Smallwood made the final roster. Being that he became the inactive man out, back in 2017 when the Eagles brought on both, Jay Ajayi and Kenjon Barner, it truly felt like the Eagles were finished with trying to experiment with Wendell Smallwood. That didn’t end up being the case, though.
And this year, many of us convinced ourselves that Smallwood truly has nine lives with the Eagles. But being that Howie Roseman and the front office like to throw curveballs and issue the unexpected, they made sure to waive Smallwood, leaving him off of the final 53-man squad.
A new beginning for Smallwood
For the first time since 2016, Smallwood landed on a new team. That team just so happened to be Eagles divisional rivals and week one opponent — the Washington Redskins. While Smallwood didn’t get there by choice, he’s excited to get a fresh start elsewhere.
While discussing his new situation out in Washington on Monday, the former Eagles running back admits that he has no hard feelings towards the Eagles for releasing him. During a discussion with NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay, Smallwood brought up the fact that he won a Super Bowl with the Eagles, and because of that there could never be hard feelings.
However, he did offer some bulletin board material by saying he’s ready to ‘whoop up on them [the Eagles]’ this Sunday. As Smallwood will make his way back to The Linc as a visitor for the first time, he clearly wants to show his former team what they are missing.
Unfortunately for Smallwood, the chances of that happening are doubtful. Considering that the Redskins have three decent rushers in Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson, and Chris Thompson, it’s doubtful Smallwood even gets any action.
As a matter of fact, he might not even end up suiting up this Sunday. Hopefully, that’s not the case, though. After issuing some smack talk, the Redskins should keep the situation interesting and put the former Eagles back on the gridiron this week.