3 Philadelphia Eagles dark horses who might make their roster

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Joe Ostman #95, Philadelphia Eagles
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. player. 54. . . . Joe Ostman, defensive end

One minute, you want to kick Ostman off of the Philadelphia Eagles, and the next…

Defensive end Joe Ostman and wide receiver Greg Ward have probably never been roommates at training camp or on the road, but they should be. Talk about your emotional roller-coasters. You already know the exorbitant amounts of stress making this team has caused the Ward family. If there was ever a defensive parallel, it would be defensive end Joe Ostman.

At this point, it’s almost impossible to recap what’s gone on with Ostman and the Eagles over the past four years and do so without looking to see if what you’re saying is accurate. His run with the Birds is like describing the love affair of a high school couple that keeps breaking up over and over again.

He was signed as an undrafted free agent, waived and signed to the practice squad, placed on injured reserve following an ACL tear that occurred at an open practice, waived and signed to the practice squad again, and elevated to the active roster in 2020 for weeks 11, 16, and 17 (and reverted to the practice squad after every game.

For Ostman, he’s always falling victim to the numbers game or some other unfortunate circumstance, but this could be the year. It won’t be easy. Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, and Ryan Kerrigan will all make the roster, but Ostmancould beat out rookie Tarron Jackson for a fifth defensive end spot (if Philly keeps five). Then again, who knows?

The stress continues for the Ostman family. Keep an eye on him as we move through camp. His is a name that you might hear a few times.