The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Air Force 2nd Lt. Chad Hall to their 53-man roster, according to a report on the team’s website. He is expected to be active for the Eagles’ game with San Francisco, which will mark his regular-season NFL debut.
The signing makes Hall, a 2008 graduate of the Air Force Academy, the first service academy grad to make a team’s active roster this season (Army grad Caleb Campbell is on Detroit’s practice squad). Hall has been on the Eagles practice squad since getting cut by the Eagles at the end of the preseason, and has reportedly shown continued progress working as a wide receiver.
An injury to backup wideout Riley Cooper left Philly with only three healthy players at the postion, necessitating the signing of Hall. The report on the Eagles website indicated Hall may get a chance to return punts, but it’s unclear how else he will fit into the team’s offensive plans.
Hall hinted at his possible activation earlier this week on Twitter, saying he was traveling with the team to San Fran. However Hall left out crucial details about what traveling with the team entailed — specifically, his duty to provide the veterans with fast food. The Eagles website reported that Hall “arrived on the team plane Friday afternoon with his hands full of Popeyes chicken for the rest of the receivers, a rite of passage for young players on the Eagles.” As far as rookie hazing goes, that’s not too bad — unless Hall was not able to enjoy the delicious Cajun goodness himself.
The Eagles are coming off a loss to the Washington Redskins last week, and will be without quaterback Michael Vick, who injured his ribs and chest against the Redskins — much to the delight of many sports fans and dog lovers: