4 Philadelphia Eagles that should be cut before taking a snap in 2021

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54. . . . Elijah Holyfield, running back. . player

The Philadelphia Eagles like Elijah Holyfield, just not enough to let him play.

After going undrafted in 2019, Elijah Holyfield found his way onto the Carolina Panthers roster, but was waived on September 1st of that year and re-signed to the practice squad shortly thereafter. That’s where the Philadelphia Eagles found him.

Holyfield’s contract with Carolina expired, and on New Year’s Eve in 2019, the Birds added the young man to their nest as we were told Philly wanted to give him the jump start on the next season in 2020. He was waived in September on the 3rd, re-signed to the practice squad three days later, and even elevated in Week 11 to the active roster.

Unfortunately, it’s now approaching year three for the son of a former world boxing champion, and Elijah Holyfield still has yet to register his first carry in an NFL game. He’s been on the Philadelphia Eagles roster for a while now, but if he has one thing working against him, it’s this. He was brought into Philly’s nest by the last coaching regime, not the new one.

Nick Sirianni’s guys don’t have a ton of loyalty to him, and even when Doug Pederson and Duce Staley were pacing the sidelines, it never seemed like they could find a way to get Holyfield into the lineup or the team’s running back rotation. Now, with Miles Sanders, rookie Kenneth Gainwell, and so many good prospects on the training camp roster, the belief is Holyfield will probably fall victim to the numbers game as Philly only figures to carry four tailbacks on the 53-man roster.