The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced seven roster moves ahead of their Week 4 game against the San Francisco 49ers. An overview:
- OT Jason Peters and CB Trevor Williams were placed on injured reserve.
- WR Travis Fulgham, C Luke Juriga, and RB Adrian Killins were signed from the practice squad to the roster.
- WR Deontay Burnett and DB Grayland Arnold were elevated from the practice squad.
Let’s sort through this on a player-by-player basis.
A recent MRI revealed that Peters has a toe injury that will take multiple weeks to heal. Jordan Mailata will make his first career NFL start on Sunday night.
Williams was the Eagles’ top backup outside cornerback prior to getting hurt; he came into last week’s game when Avonte Maddox got injured. With Maddox out and Williams on injured reserve, the Eagles are down to just three healthy cornerbacks: Darius Slay, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Cre’Von LeBlanc. And NRC and Strap have traditionally been slot guys.
Fulgham had some nice moments this summer being a late addition to the roster during training camp. He’s not a burner (4.58 speed) but he does bring size (6’2½”, 215 pounds) to the Eagles’ receiving corps. Will be interested to see if he can doing anything this week. Fulgham is just one of four healthy Eagles receivers heading into this game so the 2019 sixth-round pick is going to get playing time. Hit this link to read more about him: [click here].
The Eagles needed some more offensive line depth with Peters going on IR. Juriga has experience at both center and guard. He can be an immediate backup to Jason Kelce, which allows Herbig to stay at guard instead of shifting inside. Juriga received the highest guarantee out of the Eagles’ 2020 undrafted rookie free agent signings so they clearly like something about his upside. Hit this link to read more about him: [click here].
The Eagles curiously used a practice squad protection on Killins earlier this week for the first time this season. They already have fourth running backs on the roster in Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Corey Clement, and Jason Huntley. Perhaps they called him up just so they can have more speed on the roster with DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins all not playing. Killins could also be used in the return game. Hit this link to read more about him: [click here].
The Eagles had no choice but to elevate Burnett since they’re so thin at receiver. It should be noted that this is the second time the Eagles have elevated Burnett this season. If they elevate him a third time, he’ll be subject to waivers instead of automatically returning to the practice squad. The Eagles also can’t use a practice squad protection on Burnett anymore since they’ve already done it four times.
Arnold has been playing safety for the Eagles but he also has experience at cornerback. That could come in handy this week with the Eagles so thin at corner. Hit this link to read more about him: [click here].
All told, the Eagles will be counting on some young guys to step up against the 49ers. That’s preferable in the long-term because this roster is old and lacks promising, youthful talent. But it could also be bad news in the short-term due to inexperience and whatnot.