The Eagles have announced a number of roster moves, which include adding DT Hassan Ridgeway to the active roster and placing CB Josiah Scott, TE Tyree Jackson, and T/G Jack Driscoll on IR.
With the addition of Ridgeway, Philadelphia now has two open roster spots left. They can either opt to promote players from the practice squad, or add newly-cut players.
Jackson had suffered a bone fracture in his back two weeks ago, so he’s still six-to-eight weeks from recovering. Meanwhile, Scott has suffered a hamstring injury and Driscoll is dealing with a strained pectoral, per The Athletic’s Zach Berman.
Ridgeway Comes Back For His Third Season With Philadelphia
Ridgeway, 26, will now make an appearance on the roster for a third straight season. Since 2019, Ridgeway has played in 14 games for the Eagles, with five of them being starts (those all came in 2019).
In that time, Ridgeway has totaled three sacks, 14 tackles, and six tackles for loss. Ridgeway has given the team some decent depth play in the past couple years, and will slot in as the third-string right defensive tackle behind Fletcher Cox and Milton Williams.
Eagles Hoping Driscoll, Jackson, Scott Make Swift Recoveries
The NFL rules require a player to remain on the IR for at least six week. That means the earliest we could see any one of this trio return is mid-October.
Jackson had been having an amazing camp, so his injury continues to sting particularly hard. It’s become even more evident that Jackson would have made the opening day roster following the cutting of Richard Rodgers.
The positive is that Jackson made enough of an impression in the preseason that he should be able to challenge or overtake Jack Stoll for the third-string tight end spot once he returns from the injured reserve.
Scott was acquired by the Eagles from Jacksonville back in May. The 22-year-old had been in a battle with Craig James, Kevin Seymour, and Michael Jacquet for the fifth cornerback spot.
With Scott to the IR, the Eagles now have just four cornerbacks on the active roster (Darius Slay, Steven Nelson, Avonte Maddox, and Zech McPhearson). The Eagles could choose to promote either James or Jacquet from the practice squad if they feel they need more CB depth. However, neither option is particularly exciting (or productive).
Driscoll appeared in 11 games for Philadelphia last season, with four starts due to the onslaught of injuries to the OL. The 2020 fourth-rounder showed some positives during his playing time, which bodes well for his future.
However, Driscoll himself battled with injuries throughout the year. His season was eventually cut short due to an MCL sprain.
Losing Driscoll, a young and very versatile player, is tough. Additionally, Driscoll had been Lane Johnson’s main backup at right tackle. Johnson dealt with nagging injuries last season, so this isn’t ideal.
Currently, the remains guard/tackle depth includes Andre Dillard, Brett Toth, and Landon Dickerson. Both Dillard and Toth have the capability to play right tackle in the event of a Johnson injury, although Dillard’s preseason was a rough one.