- TE Tyree Jackson revitalized from the injured reserve to the 53-man roster.
- RB Jordan Howard and WR John Hightower have been temporarily removed from the coaching squad.
Let’s sort this news on a player-by-player basis.
Jackson’s revitalization is interesting/interesting. The quarterback that turned into a tight end looked really good at camp drills before Suffering from a back injury in mid-August. Howie Roseman has repeatedly cited Jackson’s presence as part of the reason the team was comfortable swapping Zach Ertz. At 6’7 inches, 249 pounds, Jackson is a big athletic target to add to the Eagles’ passing attack.
Of course, it remains to be seen how Jackson will be involved in the jump. Dallas Goedert is firmly entrenched as the tight top end. Will Jackson end up replacing Jack Stoll as TE2? If not immediately, maybe in the near future?
Another thing we have to wonder about is how Jackson fits in with Jalen Hurts. Most, if not all, of Jackson’s signature summer moments came when he was working with the second team offensive and Joe Flacco was making his way. Jackson has had a hit in the middle of the field, an area the Hurts target less than any other quarterback in the NFL.
So, there are a number of reasons why Jackson might not shine right out of the gate. But there is a chance to exceed expectations and surprise people like he did in the camp. It will be interesting to watch its development.
Not surprisingly, the Eagles are raising Howard for the second week in a row. He will be one of three active linebackers in this week’s game along with Boston Scott and Kenneth Jenwell.
Scott and Howard were Philly’s main ball carriers before trash time against Detroit Lions. Will the coaching staff make similar use, or will they change things up? we will see. But the Eagles are clearly looking to hit the rock against the Chargers’ poor defense (somewhat on purpose).
The Eagles’ lifting Howard for a second time means he is no longer eligible to be promoted by them this season. They will need to score him on the list of 53 players if they want him to play in the games.
The Elevating Hightower gives the Eagles a fifth wide receiver behind DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Jalen Reagor and Greg Ward. JJ Arcega-Whiteside has been disqualified from Sunday’s match due to an ankle injury.
Will the Eagles use Hightower in JJAW’s role as blocker receiver and contributor to special teams? These things are not necessarily his strengths. Hightower hasn’t even played on a single private team as a rookie. But it is likely that he will be credited for contributing to that unit after his promotion.
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