Eagles sign Davion Taylor to practice squad

The Hawks signed linebacker Davene Taylor to their practice class Thursday, a league source told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro.

Taylor returned to the Hawks a day after the Hawks released their former third-round pick from the 53-man roster.

Taylor, who had a solid six-game regular-season start last year, was unexpectedly cut on Wednesday after making the initial roster on Tuesday, but the Hawks need a spot on 53 quarterback Ian Book. , they were rewarded for abstaining from the application.

After a quick start, Taylor struggled in the preseason and had a tough preseason finale against the Dolphins in Miami last Saturday.

Earlier Thursday, head coach Nick Ciriani said he wanted to bring Taylor back, presumably for the practice team.

“We still want Davion to be part of this organization and we’ll see what happens,” Sirianni said. “He’s done some good things and put in some good performances for it, and hopefully this won’t be the last time we’ll work with him.”

Later in the day, Taylor lifted the waiver, making him an unrestricted free agent, and by late afternoon, he was back with the team that made him the 103rd overall pick in the 2020 draft.

Taylor, 24, suffered frequent injuries during his two seasons with the Eagles. He played in 12 games, one as a rookie start, and nine games last year, including six starts, before a knee injury ended his season.

He had 51 career tackles, failed one tackle, and had two forced turnovers on 282 career defensive fast breaks. He also played in 209 special teams, mostly in his rookie year.

With Taylor not currently on the active roster, the Hawks have four off-ball linebackers — TJ Edwards, Kyzir White, Nakobe Dean and Shaun Bradley.

The only other linebacker on the Hawks’ practice squad is Christian Ellis, who missed a major part of training camp with a hamstring injury but is healthy. Ellis, 23, plays in Idaho.

The Eagles’ practice lineup is now full, with 16 players plus Matt Leo, who has an international exception (in his third year).

Those on the practice team make at least $11,500 a week. They can move up the roster up to 3 times a year for game day, and they get a minimum wage game check of $39,167 in those games.

A player as tall as Taylor drafted by the Eagles rarely shows up on the training class. The only player the Hawks have drafted in the first three rounds since the NFL practice team was established in 1989 who has been on the practice team at any point in time is defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, a third-rounder from Washington. The pick was in 2010.

Te’o-Nesheim was in the Eagles’ practice class from September 6 to November. He ended up spending three seasons in Tampa on February 22, 2011, before he was signed by the Buccaneers to their active roster.

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