The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced three roster moves ahead of their Week 10 game against the New York Giants. An overview:
- TE Caleb Wilson and CB Michael Jacquet were elevated from the practice squad.
- DT T.Y. McGill was elevated from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement.
NFL teams are typically only allowed to elevate two practice squad players each week but the Eagles were able to elevate another due to Marcus Epps testing positive for the coronavirus.
Let’s sort through this on a player-by-player basis.
We should first point out that the Eagles did NOT announce Seumalo was activated from injured reserve to the roster. They still have until 4:00 PM Eastern today to officially do so but one would think they would’ve announced his activation along with these moves. Doug Pederson said Seumalo was only limited in practice this week so it’s not exactly like he guaranteed the Eagles’ starting left guard was ready to play.
If Seumalo isn’t activated for the Giants game, the Eagles will likely use this starting offensive line configuration:
Left tackle — Jason Peters
Left guard — Nate Herbig
Center — Jason Kelce
Right guard — Matt Pryor
Right tackle — Lane Johnson
It’ll be disappointing to see Jordan Mailata on the bench when they can move Peters to replace Pryor, who they clearly don’t even like much, at right guard.
This marks the first time Wilson has been elevated this year. Temporarily adding him to the roster gives the Eagles a third tight end behind Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers. Wilson can also help out on special teams.
Jacquet seemed to hold up OK while filling in for an injured Darius Slay in Week 8. Of course, it wasn’t like Ben DiNucci was seriously challenging him. With Craig James out this week, Jacquet’s elevation gives the Eagles more depth at outside cornerback in addition to special teams help.
Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, and Javon Hargrave were the only three defensive tackles on the 53-man roster and Jackson was recently banged up. It’s not surprise, then, that the Eagles wanted to add a fourth defensive tackle. McGill has been cromulent in that role.