Philadelphia Eagles cut 5 prospects, including well-known RB

Elijah Holyfield #33, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
Elijah Holyfield #33, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images) /

And so it begins. The Philadelphia Eagles announced on the final Sunday of August that they were waiving five prospects, including a well-known running back that’s been hanging around the organization since 2019.

It was on New Year’s Eve back in 2019 when the Birds signed Elijah Holyfield after his contract expired with a Carolina Panthers team that had signed him as an undrafted free agent following that year’s version of the NFL Draft.

The theory was this. Signing Holyfield that early would give him a jump start on the 2020 season, but when the next year came, the former Georgia Bulldog was buried on the depth chart. The 2021 regular season approaches, and Holyfield has one in-game appearance and five special teams snaps on his resume. It appears the run is over, for now anyway.

As roster cuts begin, Holyfield was named as one of five prospects that the Eagles had decided to waive. They’ve also parted ways with TE Cary Angeline, DE JaQuan Bailey, RB Elijah Holyfield, WR Marken Michel (someone else that we’re all familiar with), and LB Rashad Smith.

Expect some surprises as the Philadelphia Eagles trim their roster to 53 men.

Let’s make sure we acknowledge something. Holyfield won’t make this roster, but he went down swinging. In limited action during the preseason, he made sure he did all that he could to make name for himself. Don’t rule him out just yet. He can still be added to another team’s roster. In Philly’s case, we’ve seen things like this before.

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This team tends to bring back guys that they’re familiar with first if there are any injuries or unforeseen circumstances. In the meantime, we can all wish Holyfield luck. He’s a good player and a great person. We’ll see what the future holds for him and this Eagles team at the running back position as we move towards the regular season.