Eagles Sign Two From Practice Squad, Send Allen to IR

Written By Bob Cunningham On Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Owens could see time with Mike Patterson hurting.



Per the Philadelphia Eagles official release:

"The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have promoted S Jamar Wall and DT Jeff Owens from the practice squad to the active roster.

To make room on the 53-man roster, they have placed S Nate Allen on the Injured Reserve list (knee) and waived TE Garrett Mills. The team also re-signed S Jamar Adams to the practice squad.

Wall (5-10, 202) has spent the last 11 weeks on the Eagles practice squad. Originally a sixth-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, Wall was released prior to the start of the season, but was claimed by the Houston Texans on 9/5/10 and played in the season opener, logging one special teams tackle.

He was released on 9/29/10 and signed to the Eagles practice squad the following day. A native of Plainview, TX, the 22-year-old Wall played collegiately at Texas Tech, where he registered 186 tackles, nine interceptions, 34 pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 50 games (38 starts).

He earned second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors following the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Owens (6-1, 304) was originally a seventh-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2010 and has spent the entire season on the team’s practice squad.

Owens played collegiately at Georgia, where he was a defensive co-captain and started in 37 of 52 games and recorded 102 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and four quarterback hurries.

He was one of just 11 players in the NCAA FBS ranks to receive 2009 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team accolades.

Adams (6-2, 212) spent one week on the Eagles practice squad after signing with the team on 9/22/10.

He joined the league in 2008 as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent most of the 2008 and 2009 seasons on their practice squad, but also was promoted to the active roster twice, playing in seven career games and posting four special teams tackles.

The 24-year-old Adams played collegiately at Michigan, where he started 34 games and contributed 172 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors following his senior season.

Wall wears jersey number 37 and Owens wears 64."

Placing Allen on IR was expected, but I did not expect the team to promote Owens or Wall. By not bringing in a veteran at safety, the team now has only one safety with any true playing experience in strong safety Quintin Mikell.

Kurt Coleman, a rookie, will become the full-time starter at free safety. He has been impressive in limited action, but behind him they now have Wall, Colt Anderson, and linebacker Keenan Clayton has been known to step in on occasion this season.

That's a lot of inexperience at a position that could make or break this defense when the playoffs role around.

Personally, I would feel more comfortable with a vet lurking the sidelines just in case, but Andy Reid has rookie fever this year and it's worked out well so far.

Promoting Owens says to me that Mike Patterson got bad news on his MRI. It might not be season-threatening, but it could not have looked good.

Can the Eagles really keep rolling with all these rookies and practice squad guys? I guess we'll see, and it's something Coach of the Year voters might want to keep an eye on.


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