The Philadelphia Eagles signed Jaylen Watkins away from the Buffalo Bills' practice squad on Friday afternoon. In a corresponding move, the team placed veteran cornerback Nolan Carroll on the season-ending injured reserve list.
Watkins was originally selected by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He didn't play much as a rookie and then the Eagles waived him in final cuts prior to this season. Shortly after the Eagles cut Watkins, the Bills signed him to their practice squad. Watkins is now once again separated from half-brother Sammy Watkins. The Watkins brothers will soon meet again when the Eagles and Bills play in Philadelphia on Dec. 13.
Carroll broke his ankle in Philadelphia's 45-14 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. He went down after getting in on a tackle scrum and had to be carted off the field. Carroll was having a decent season as a starter. He's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
With Watkins rejoining the roster, all of Philadelphia's selections in the 2014 NFL Draft are now on the 53-man roster for the first time: Marcus Smith (first), Jordan Matthews (second), Josh Huff (third), Jaylen Watkins (fourth), Taylor Hart (fifth), Ed Reynolds (fifth), Beau Allen (seventh).