The season has ended. Fans are down in the dumps. That's okay. That's sometimes life as a Philadelphia Eagles fan. The Birds will bounce back. They always do.
Let's not waste a ton of time here. Philly has begun the process of building next year's roster. The process began on January 18th. Let's talk about some of the new guys (and some of the guys who have returned).
The Eagles sign 20 players to Reserve/Futures deals. Here's a look at all of them.
Here we go. Let's talk Reserve/Futures deals. Philly added 20 guys this past Thursday. Here's the list (and thoughts about each player signed).
1. Lew Nichols, running back
Lew Nichols was drafted in the seventh round of the most recent NFL Draft, but wound up being waived after spending some time on the Green Bay Packers' injured reserve.
He signed with Philly's practice squad on October 16th before being signed to a Reserve/Futures deal on January 18th.
2. Shaquan Davis, wide receiver
This former undrafted rookie spent time on the New Orleans Saints' practice squad last season. Shaquan Davis has yet to register his first NFL catch, but he's a nice prospect worth developing.
3. Jacob Harris, wide receiver
Jacob Harris has been active for 18 games during his NFL career. He has been targeted once and hauled that pass in, one that resulted in a first down.
He's six-foot-five and tips the scales at 220 pounds. Maybe Philly should try him at tight end?
4. Griffin Hebert, wide receiver
Griffin Hebert signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2023 NFL Draft. He's raw, but it's easy to fall in love with his six-foot-one, 239-pound frame.
5. Joseph Ngata, wide receiver
Clemson puts out a ton of NFL wide receivers, don't they? Joseph Ngata went undrafted and failed to make a huge impression in Philly's preseason games. He's raw, but we'll tell you this, if coached properly his ceiling is going to be higher than the one belonging to Quez Watkins.
6. Austin Watkins, wide receiver
Watkins spent the 2023 season on the Cleveland Brown’s practice squad. He adds another body to Philly's wide receiver room. The question is this. Can Aaron Moorehead shape any of these lumps of coals into diamonds? That's something he never seems to do.
7. E.J. Jenkins, tight end
E.J. Jenkins feels like a better Tyree Jackson. He's six-foot-six. He tips the scales at 245 pounds, but that won't guarantee him a spot on the 2024 Eagles roster.
8. Le'Raven Clark, offensive tackle
Le'Raven Clark is back! He has played in 64 games over his nine-year NFL career. He spent the most recent season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
9. Jason Poe, offensive lineman
Jason Poe spent the entire 2023 NFL season on the 49ers practice squad. You know what they say though. You can never have enough good offensive linemen.
10. Lecitus Smith, offensive lineman
Lecitus Smith started two of his ten games with the Arizona Cardinals in 2022. He'd have a huge climb to make the Eagles' roster, but again, NFL teams can never have too many offensive linemen.
11. Brett Toth, offensive lineman
Brett Toth is another familiar face, one was signed by the Carolina Panthers off the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad last season. He appeared in three games there, starting one of them, but he's back for another stint.
He signs a futures deal after returning to Philly's scout team in December.
12. Tarron Jackson, defensive end
You forgot about this guy, didn't you? Tarron Jackson, a former fifth-rounder keeps hanging in there, but with the Eagles being thin on pass rushers, it would be nice if he took some sort of leap.
13. Thomas Booker, defensive tackle
Thomas Booker spent time on the Eagles' practice squad at the end of training camp. He was a fifth-round draft choice of the Houston Texans in 2022.
14. Noah Elliss, defensive tackle
Philly is constantly in the market for a backup nose tackle, and Noah Elliss fits that bill. He's built like a dorm room refrigerator. We all know how Philly loves those big guys along the defensive line's interior, right?
15. Terrell Lewis, linebacker
22 of Terrell Lewis' 30 in-game appearances came during the 2021 and 2022 L.A. Rams seasons. So far, 40 tackles, six sacks, and an interception are the results of his efforts.
He may not be the man to elevate Philly's questionable linebacker corps, but he is someone worth developing. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
16. Brandon Smith, linebacker
Brandon Smith started one of his 12 games with the Carolina Panthers last season and made his debut with the Birds during Philly's home game versus the New York Giants. He didn't play versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the Wild Card Round.
17. Mekhi Garner, defensive back
Mekhi Garner's training camp and preseason began decently, but he fizzled late. He was added to the practice squad and was elevated three times during the regular season, playing a total of 27 snaps on defense.
18. Tristin McCollum, defensive back
Hey! We know this guy. Tristin McCollum was elevated three times from the Eagles practice squad this season for in-game action. He has registered six tackles during his career so far thanks to his play on special teams.
We'll see how he progresses next season.
19. Tiawan Mullen, defensive back
Taiwan Mullen spent some time on the Eagles practice squad this season after being signed on August 31st, two days after being waived by the L.A. Chargers. He was released on October 25th.
20. Mario Goodrich, defensive back
Eagles coaches like Mario Goodrich, but he has been passed on the depth chart by a few guys we thought he'd be better than, Eli Ricks for example. He did, however, appear in four games this season, starting one of them.
The official announcement was made on January 22nd.
Keep an eye on these guys. There's a lot of talent here. We'll see how they progress moving forward.