Philadelphia Eagles: For Daeshon Hall it’s too little, too late

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While Daeshon Hall certainly shined in his Philadelphia Eagles preseason debut against the Titans, his chances of making the 53 man roster remain slim to none.

Daeshon Hall has a problem.

On one hand, Hall played his best game of football since his days wearing a maroon and white Aggies jersey down in College Station – picking up a sack, two quarterback hits, and three tackles for a loss in his preseason debut with the Philadelphia Eagles – but at the same time, he wasn’t the only end to do so.

Shareef Miller, the Eagles 2019 fourth-round pick, also recorded a sack and two QB hits in his preseason debut, albeit with only one tackle for loss as opposed to three.

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Josh Sweat also played pretty well as the team’s ‘starting’ end across from recently reunited draftee Vinny Curry – flashing speed, size, and aggression even if his meager stat line of three tackles and one tackle for a loss wasn’t all that exciting.

Of all the players to suit up on the defensive line, Hall may have actually had the best night, even better than presumed starter Malik Jackson, who surprisingly earned a start on defense – which is why his preseason flashes of rotational upside are so emotionally complex for the fans rooting for him at home: Daeshon Hall has virtually no chance to make the Eagles roster.

A December waiver claim during the 2018 NFL season, Hall has bounced around the league since being selected 77th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, earning contracts from the Carolina Panthers, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Houston Texans before ultimately landing in the City of Brotherly Love.

Though he did earn half a sack down the stretch, he was only really on the team to replace Josh Sweat as the team’s fifth defensive end after his season ended with an early December trip to IR.

While Hall clearly played well enough to stick around with the club in 2019, his chances of sticking around became all the more improbable when the club selected Miles SandersPenn State teammate Shareef Miller 138th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, even after pass-rushing specialist Chris Long announced his retirement from the league.

To make matters worse, the Eagles traded offensive tackle, and fellow, fellow Penn Stater Ryan Bates to the Buffalo Bills for ex-Virginia speed rusher Eli Harold mere hours after Hall’s career-best preseason contest – all but sealing Hall’s fate as a one-and-doner in midnight green.

Though things could certainly change over the next three weeks, as Sweat, Miller, Harold, or even Curry could end up suffering a season-ending injury before the start of the regular season, but if all things fall as they should, it seems almost impossible to imagine the Eagles keeping seven defensive ends on the active roster.

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No, while fans in the 215 will use these next three preseason games to evaluate the next crop of Philadelphia Eagles, Daeshon Hall should view it as a tryout for the other 31 teams in the NFL who are looking for a high-effort, high-upside pass rusher who doesn’t turn 25 until next July – that is, unless Howie Roseman trades him first.