The Philadelphia Eagles waived Wendell Smallwood on Saturday afternoon but he’s still going to be playing football at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 1.
He just won’t be playing for the team that originally selected him with a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Instead, Smallwood will be suiting up for the Eagles’ Week 1 opponent: the Washington Redskins. Washington — which owns the No. 15 spot in the waiver wire order — claimed Smallwood on Sunday.
Here’s some reaction from our enemies over at Hogs Haven:
The Redskins currently have 5 RBs on the roster. Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, and Chris Thompson are the team’s top options. They also kept [former Eagles running back] Byron Marshall as a backup/returner. Shaun Wilson was kept on the 53-man roster with the expectation that he will be placed on IR after an ankle injury during the preseason.
Smallwood’s career splits against Washington aren’t exactly impressive. He’s logged 31 carries for 91 yards and zero rushing touchdowns against Dan Snyder’s team. He did post eight receptions for 57 yards over six games in addition to one kickoff return touchdown as well.
Claiming Smallwood gives Washington more depth at running back and some help on special teams. I’m also sure Jay Gruden wouldn’t mind if Smallwood provided his new team with some insider intel on the Eagles.
In other waiver wire news, the Cardinals claimed former Eagles offensive tackle Brett Toth. Arizona clearly feels the former Army blocker is worth developing despite the fact Toth just signed with an NFL team a couple weeks ago.
UPDATE: Washington cut one former Eagles running back to make room for another.
The Redskins have cut RB Byron Marshall, per source. Became expendable after Redskins claimed RB Wendell Smallwood.— John Keim (@john_keim) September 1, 2019