The Philadelphia Eagles have officially announced three roster moves ahead of their Week 9 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. An overview:
- TE Tyree Jackson was activated from injured reserve to the 53-man roster.
- RB Jordan Howard and WR John Hightower were temporarily removed from the practice squad.
Let’s look at this news by player.
Jackson’s activation is exciting/intriguing. The quarterback’s tight end looked good in training camps before suffered a back injury in mid-August. Howie Roseman repeatedly cited Jackson’s presence as one of the reasons the team felt comfortable swapping Zach Ertz. At six feet tall, Jackson is a tall, athletic target to add to the Eagles’ passing attack.
It remains to be seen, of course, how engaged Jackson will be from the jump. Dallas Goedert is firmly cemented as the top tight end. Will Jackson eventually supplant Jack Stoll as TE2? If not immediately, maybe in the near future?
Another thing to wonder about is how Jackson fits in with Jalen Hurts. Most, if not all, of Jackson’s standout moments over the summer came when he was on the second-team attack and threw Joe Flacco his way. Jackson had a lot of success in the middle of the field, an area Hurts focuses on less than any other starting NFL quarterback.
So there are a number of reasons why Jackson might not shine right out of the gate. But there is a chance that he will exceed expectations and surprise people, just like he did in camp. It will be interesting to see its development.
It’s no surprise that the Eagles are taking Howard to the next level for the second week in a row. He will be one of three active running backs for this week’s game, along with Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell.
Scott and Howard were Philly’s main two ball carriers prior to garbage time against the Detroit Lions. Will the coaching staff use the same custom or are they going to shake things up? We will see. But the Eagles should clearly be trying to pound the rock against a (somewhat intentional) poor defense from Chargers.
The Eagles taking Howard to the next level for the second time means he is no longer eligible to be raised by them this season. They will have to include him in the 53-man roster if they want him to play in matches.
Elevating Hightower gives the Eagles a fifth wide receiver behind DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Jalen Reagor and Greg Ward. JJ Arcega-Whiteside out in Sunday’s game due to an ankle injury.
Will the Eagles use Hightower in the JJAW role as a blocking receiver and a special team contributor? Those things aren’t necessarily his strengths. Hightower didn’t even play any special teams snap as a rookie. But he will likely be counted to contribute to that unit after being raised.