The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-4 as they head into Week 7 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Today, the team shuffled a few familiar faces around, activating the practice window for a potential standout.
EAGLES ROSTER MOVES
Today, the Eagles signed tight end Richard Rodgers. This will be his third stint with the team. The 29-year-old was signed in 2018 and 2019, incurring injuries during both seasons. He then went to the Washington Football Team and was signed back to the Eagles in 2020.
He became the starting tight end, replacing Goedert after an injury, totaling 24 receptions for 345 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Philadelphia waived him, but later re-signed to the practice squad. One week later, Rodgers was released from the team.
The Arizona Cardinals signed him last week but released him three days later.
The tight end will likely provide support to Goedert, who has moved to TE1 following Zach Ertz’s trade. Goedert, however, has not been cleared off of the Reserve/COVID list as of Wednesday.
In a subsequent move, the Eagles also released offensive tackle Casey Tucker from the practice squad.
Philadelphia signed Tucker in 2019 as an undrafted free agent, but he was released during roster cuts. After signing with the Detroit Lions, Tucker joined the Eagles again in 2020, later signing with the Indianapolis Colts. He re-joined the Eagles again this year — twice and was released from the practice squad today.
This move comes one day after Lane Johnson announced he would return to the team after battling anxiety and depression. With Johnson on the right, Jordan Mailata will move back to the left, sending Andre Dillard to the sideline. Given how well Dillard did while filling in, Philadelphia can have confidence in their decision to release Tucker.
A POTENTIAL STANDOUT
The Eagles also activated 21-day practice windows for two players, including potential standout Tyree Jackson. Jackson is a quarterback turned tight end. Philadelphia signed him during the offseason, and he had a spectacular training camp. Many thought he would make the active roster; however, he suffered a fractured bone to his back and has been on injured reserve since.
Last week, general manager Howie Roseman stated, “We want to make sure that we’re going into next year knowing as much as we could. If he’s [Tyree Jackson] going to look like he did during training camp, like, that’s going to be a player for us. But he’s got to show it in games. And this is an opportunity for him to come back and for us to see that. We don’t think that’s just a shot in the dark. We think this guy’s got some traits.”
The #Eagles have opened the practice window for TE Tyree Jackson, a younger player they have some high hopes for. Should help fill the void eventually left by Zach Ertz. They also opened the window for S K’Von Wallace.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 20, 2021
Also activated to the 21-day practice window was K’Von Wallace. The Eagles drafted the 24-year-old in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was placed on injured reserve in September after suffering a partially separated shoulder.
This all follows the news that the Eagles decided to protect four practice squad players on Tuesday, including, Le’Raven Clark, John Hightower, Elijah Riley, and Noah Togiai.