The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced some roster moves on Tuesday evening. The team waived wide receiver/punt returner DeAndre Carter in order to make room for defensive tackle T.Y. McGill.
This marks the second time Carter has been waived by the Eagles this season. It’s unfortunate because the 25-year-old was a great story coming out of training camp. He also showed flashes in the regular season by averaging 10.3 yards per return on 10 attempts. Carter’s 42-yard return against the Titans in Week 4 helped the Eagles kick a late field goal to tie the game and send the contest into overtime.
But alas, Carter is gone once again. The Eagles didn’t feel like they needed a sixth wide receiver after acquiring Golden Tate in a trade last week.
One would imagine Carter’s dismissal also bodes well for the possibility of Darren Sproles’ return. The 35-year-old is expected to field punts upon his return.
As for McGill, the Eagles have shown interest in him multiple times this season. They originally tried to claim him on waivers back in September but they got beaten out by the Chargers. The Eagles then did sign him when he later became available in October but he was waived shortly after due to a failed physical. Now he’s presumably healthy enough to contribute.
The Eagles added McGill because they felt like they needed more depth at defensive tackle due to Fletcher Cox, Haloti Ngata, and Treyvon Hester being the only full-time players at their position on the 53-man roster.
Adding McGill likely means Tim Jernigan won’t be activated to the roster this week, which isn’t a shock. He was only cleared to return to practice on Monday. The Eagles have 21 days from yesterday to promote Jernigan to the active roster. McGill could be a goner if/when Jernigan is ready to play.