TAKING A FLIER
A fourth-round pick in 2018 by the Giants, Lauletta joins Philly as new developmental quarterback
Clayton Thorson’s tenure with the Eagles appears to be over after the team announced that it elected to sign 24-year-old quarterback Kyle Lauletta to their practice squad.
Lauletta, a fourth-round pick of the New York Giants out of Richmond last year, didn’t survive their final cuts on Saturday. Thorson was the Eagles’ fifth-round pick this year and struggled in his final preseason appearance before being waived.
Thorson found work, however. He was signed to the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad.
How long Lauletta will stick is not known. After all, the Eagles are carrying three quarterbacks on the active roster already. But Nate Sudfeld will miss the first few weeks with a broken wrist, so the team would like to have a third healthy arm at least until he’s fit to play again.
The Eagles also announced the addition of TE Alex Ellis, WR Marcus Green, DT Bruce Hector, G Sua Opeta, TE Josh Perkins, RB Boston Scott, LB Alex Singleton, and WR Greg Ward to their practice squad.
All except Green were with the Eagles in training camp this year.
Green was a sixth-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons this year and has the pure-speed skillset to become a dangerous returner. However, he struggled to stay healthy this summer, leading to
Lauletta is a Chester County native who grew up an Eagles fan. The former Downingtown East star has attempted just five regular-season passes with no completions.
Thorson’s chances of making the active roster ended when the Eagles signed Josh McCown during training camp. His practice-squad chances likely ended with a disappointing performance in a 6-0 preseason loss to the New York Jets last Thursday night.
“When we made the decision to sign Josh, obviously that put Clayton in a tough spot,” general manager Howie Roseman said Saturday. “We look back at the situation that we’ve been in the last couple of years in that quarterback room, and just how Josh would fit in with Carson [Wentz]. Sometimes we forget Carson is 26 years old and Nate is a young player, and having that veteran in there with those guys, you see the chemistry developing already and [we are] really excited about that quarterback room.”
Interestingly, Hector was traded to Arizona for safety Rudy Ford before their third preseason game. Ford went on to make the Eagles, but Hector was cut by the Cardinals, freeing him to return to Philadelphia.
That eight of nine practicesquad spots went to players they cut is a reflection of their depth. Ward, Hester and Singleton were particularly hard cuts, and the team has to feel fortunate to have them back.
Sunday’s signings leaves the Eagles with one open practicesquad spot.
In related news, they almost certainly were interested in bringing rookie tackle Brett Toth, cut on Saturday, back for their practice squad. But he was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals for their active roster.
Toth played at Army-West Point and didn’t become eligible to play in the NFL until this year, when a change in policy instituted by President Trump allows military academy graduates to defer their required two-year service until their pro athletic careers are over.
Also claimed off waivers after being cut by the Eagles was running back Wendell Smallwood. He went to the Washington Redskins and could be on the field as an opponent in the Eagles’ season opener on Sept. 8.
Another waived Eagles running back, Josh Adams, was signed to the New York Jets’ practice squad. This was hardly a surprise. Jets general manager Joe Douglas was hired away from the Eagles in June.
Kyle Lauletta was a fourth-round pick of the New York Giants out of Richmond last season.
Kyle Lauletta led a game-winning drive in the Giants’ preseason finale, but was cut and claimed by the Eagles.