Isn’t it time to admit Joe Ostman won’t work out for the Philadelphia Eagles?
If an award was given out for team MVPs during training camp, Joe Ostman would be named as someone that could be thrown into the running. Even if you’ve never seen him play for yourselves, you’ve, no doubt, been inundated with the hype machine that has flooded your cell phone notifications with information about how Ostman is at the NovaCare Complex, blistering the young understudies and showing the most established veterans on the offensive line that all he needs is a chance.
It just never seems to work out for him though. In 2018, he was waived, brought back to the practice squad, and stayed there for the entire season. In 2019, he looked like he might have a shot at a roster spot, but he tore his ACL at an open practice. In 2020, he was released during final roster cuts but, again, brought back to the practice squad.
This time, he was elevated to the active roster for Week 11, Week 16, and Week 17 but demoted to the practice squad after each game. He has 29 defensive snaps, 42 special teams snaps, and one tackle to show for his efforts.
The Birds like Ostman, but it’s never translated into real playing time. The merciful thing to do now is to allow him an opportunity to see if he can make the squad on another team because with Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Ryan Kerrigan, Josh Sweat, and rookie Tarron Jackson on the roster, it looks more and more like Ostman will again fall victim to the numbers game.