The Eagles announced today that they have promoted WR Chad Hall from the practice squad to the team’s active roster. Safety Jarrad Page was released to make room for Hall.
Hall is a familiar name for the Birds. He was on the active roster for 10 games last year, and he caused a stir in this year’s training camp with an amazing one-handed catch.
Per the Eagles:
“Hall (5-8, 187) earned valuable playing time for the Eagles in 2010 after being promoted from the practice squad midway through the season. He appeared in 8 games (one start), catching 11 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, while adding 29 yards on the ground.”
The Eagles have denied that it is related to the move, but Page was at a New York night club celebrating Victor Cruz’ 25th birthday with several other players on Monday when a shooting took place that killed one person and killed two others. Reid stated that Page is “a good kid.”
Coincidentally, a very interesting piece ran in the Press of Atlantic City on Sunday about life on the practice squad’s and Hall’s frustration with not feeling he was able to help his team. The piece was interesting insight into that life, which I didn’t know much about. Practice squad players can’t even stand with their teammates on the sidelines on game days. They can either watch in the stands with the fans, or watch from home.
Hall chose to watch the game with other practice squad members, including Stanley Havili and defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim.
Hall described the experience as follows:
“Of course it’s frustrating. Very much so. This was not the way I wanted to spend the season. I take pride in helping the team get prepared during the week, but I also want to be out there on Sundays and helping them win.”
While the other members of the practice squad steal must deal with this same reality this coming week, Hall is no doubt thrilled to once again have the opportunity to help his team on game days.