UPDATE: The Eagles officially confirm that Will Parks and Quez Watkins will start the 2020 season on injured reserve. This opens up two roster spots. They’ll likely be filled by Cre’Von LeBlanc and Cordy Glenn.
Watkins going on IR means the Eagles currently only have four healthy receivers on the 53 since Alshon Jeffery and Jalen Reagor are injured. They are: DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, and John Hightower. The Eagles could look to use the new practice squad call up rule to add Deontay Burnett to the game day roster during the first two weeks. Doing that would give them five.
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We learned that Parks is out for “multiple weeks” with a hamstring injury this past Wednesday. NFL Network reported a more specific timetable of four-to-six weeks.
By going on IR, Parks will be required to miss at least 21 days before the Eagles can activate him back to their 53-man roster. Parks also won’t be eligible to be activated from IR a second time in 2020 should he get hurt again.
Putting Parks on IR frees up a roster spot. Hopefully the Eagles use it to re-sign Cre’Von LeBlanc, whom they released on Sunday to make room for waiver claim running back Jason Huntley.
As for Reagor, it’s good to see that his shoulder injury isn’t serious enough to warrant him going on IR. The Eagles clearly believe the rookie wide receiver can be ready to play in Week 3 at the latest, so he might only miss a game or two.