- Quez Watkins was activated from injured reserve to the active roster.
- TE Noah Togiai and LB Ben VanSumeren were temporarily elevated from the practice squad.
Note: Practice squad players can be temporarily promoted to the roster up to three times per season before they’re required to be exposed to waivers. This is the third/final elevation for VanSumeren and first for Togiai.
Let’s sort through this news on a player-by-player basis.
Watkins being activated is a bit of a surprise since he was limited in practice all week after the Eagles opened his 21-day window to return from injured reserve on Wednesday. Maybe the team wants to give him a chance to see if he can prove he’s ready to play in pregame warmups?
The guess here is that Watkins will not play his regular WR3 role in his first game back from a hamstring injury. He might play in a more limited capacity for now. But we’ll see.
Watkins was not lighting the world on fire prior to getting hurt; his five targets have resulted in four catches for 25 yards (5.3 average) this season. This after struggling down the stretch in 2022 when he saw increased opportunities due to Dallas Goedert getting hurt.
Watkins, Julio Jones, and Olamide Zaccheaus could all share some snaps as the wide receivers behind A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Last week it was Jones who overtook OZ as WR3 in terms of snap counts but we’ll see if that changes for this game.
Togiai’s elevation was easy to see coming since the Eagles are without two of their top three tight ends in Goedert and Grant Calcaterra. Now they have the following options for the Bills game: Jack Stoll, Albert Okwuegbunam, and Togiai. Not a group to get excited about but it’s what they’ve got until Goedert returns.
The Eagles elevating BVS gives them another special teams contributor in addition to providing more depth at off-ball linebacker.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles handle BVS moving forward. Do they look to make a roster spot for him now that his elevations are done? Will they just keep him on the practice squad? And in part because they won’t need him after adding Darius Leonard to the roster, assuming they can sign him!? We’ll see what they do ahead of Week 13.