The final three service academy graduates battling to make NFL teams were all released Saturday ahead of the league’s mandatory deadline for cutting squads to 53 players. The Eagles cut Air Force grad Chad Hall, New England cut Navy grad Eric Kettani and Detroit parted ways with Army grad Caleb Campbell.
But the news isn’t all bad. Hall, who led the Eagles in receiving in the preseason, will be signed to the Philadelphia practice squad, according to Philly.com. And Kettani, who missed much of the Patriots training camp with an injury, is a strong candidate to be signed to the New England practice squad according to the Boston Herald,
Hall and Campbell are both second-year players who saw limited action with their respective teams last year. Kettani, a 2009 Annapolis grad, is only recently removed from active-duty service in the Navy.
Campbell, who was also cut just before the start of last season and spent most of 2010 on the Lions’ practice squad, sounded on Sunday like he will continue pursuing his NFL dreams, but that his time with Detroit was over:[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/LT_Campbell53/status/110423580839395328″]
If Campbell never plays another NFL game again, he can always say he went out with a bang:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T35e-0OGXY4[/youtube]