The Philadelphia Eagles activated Quez Watkins’ 21-day practice window today, according to an official announcement from the team.
Watkins was eligible to be activated since three weeks have passed since he was originally placed on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury.
It should be noted that this news does NOT mean that Watkins has been fully activated to the 53-man roster just yet. The team will have to clear a roster spot to do that. In the meantime, Watkins can practice with the Eagles so they can determine where he’s at in his recovery.
If Watkins does well in practice this week, they could look to bring him back to the 53. The Eagles could sure use him for their game against the San Francisco 49ers since they’re so banged up at receiver. Jalen Reagor is expected to be out. It’s not fully clear if Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson will be ready for this week’s matchup. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who’s always invisible anyway, somehow got banged up in pregame warmups in Week 3. So, that leaves just Greg Ward and John Hightower as the only fully healthy players at their position.
Expectations for Watkins must be kept in check given that he was a sixth-round pick (No. 200 overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft. He didn’t really dominate in training camp but he did have some nice moments and showed off his speed at times.
With the Eagles’ 2020 season outlook looking grim, they might as well play the young guys to see what they have for the future. Hopefully Watkins can get some looks on Sunday.