Young Philadelphia Eagles with much to gain if Zach Ertz is traded

Zach Ertz #86, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Hakeem Butler, Philadelphia Eagles
Hakeem Butler, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

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As of now, Hakeem Butler is a long shot to make the Philadelphia Eagles roster.

Like Croom, Hakeem Butler is one of those guys that didn’t just show up at the NovaCare Complex with the midset of lying down and just handing a job that he wants to someone else. He knows his way around the team facilities as well, having spent the 2020 season with Philly once he arrived on September 29th of 2020.

So far, his NFL resume consists of brief stops with the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers and two games on the active roster in Philadelphia. He has yet to haul in his first catch in a game that counts as a professional, but he did earn Second-team All-Big 12 honors as a member of the Iowa State Cyclones.

There’s some ability here, and Butler has nice size (he’s six-foot-five and tips the scales at 227 pounds). That would provide a nice target for Jalen Hurts on third down and in the red zone, but you’d have to believe that, right now, if Zach Ertz doesn’t go anywhere, that he’s off the roster. Then again, you can also state that, even if Ertz does leave, Hakeem Butler might still be staring up at Caleb Wilson, Richard Rodgers, and Jason Croom on the depth chart.

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His road to the active 53-man roster isn’t impossible, but it will be tough. If we’re being honest, the best-case scenario might be a spot on the practice squad for this young man. He’d definitely benefit from a trade that gets Zach Ertz out of town.