Five Former Eagles Shine in First AAF Games

The first weekend after the Super Bowl is usually filled with emptiness with the realization that football won’t be around until the summer. This year is different though, as the Alliance of American Football’s inaugural season officially got underway on Saturday. The AAF is hoping to be somewhat of a developmental league for the NFL, as a way for many players to get additional reps and film to their name that NFL scouts and general managers can use to see if they want to give these players shots in Training Camp.

All eight teams played this weekend, and seven of those teams have former Eagles on them. A total of 26 players in the league have spent at least some time on the Eagles 53 man roster or Training Camp roster. A handful of former Eagles showed that they might deserve another shot at making an NFL roster. Here’s the five former Eagles that made the most of their second “first impression”:

  • Greg Ward Jr. (San Antonio)- 5 receptions, 65 yards (most of the yards came on this big play)

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  • Ron Brooks (San Diego) – 3 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 interception

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  • De’Vante Bausby (San Antonio) – 3 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 interception

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  • Winston Craig (San Antonio) – 1.5 sacks
  • Anthony Denham (Salt Lake) – 5 receptions, 57 yards

Eight other Eagles showed up on the stats sheet, but had little impact on the game. Here’s what they did in their first game action:

  • Ed Reynolds (Atlanta) – 4 tackles
  • C.J. Smith (Salt Lake) – 2 tackles, 1 pass defended
  • Josh Huff (Arizona) – 1 reception, 5 yards
  • Dexter McDougle (Arizona) – 1 pass defended
  • Christian Hackenberg (Memphis) – 10/23, 83 yards, 1 INT
  • Aaron Murray (Atlanta) – 4/7, 38 yards, 1 INT
  • Terrell Watson (San Diego) – 3 carries, 10 yards
  • Danny Ezechukwu (San Antonio) – 1 tackle

We’ll see if any great play leads to possible reunions with the Eagles later in the offseason.

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