The Eagles made a handful of roster changes ahead of their preparation for the Week 3 game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
The team have officially placed defensive end Brandon Graham (Achilles) and right guard Brandon Brooks (pec) in the injured reserve. Graham is expected to miss the remainder of the season, while Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has said Brooks could return at some point.
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With tight end Zach Ertz already on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, the Eagles had three holes in the roster to fill. The team filled one of those openings with goaltender / center Jack Anderson, who was signed with the Buffalo Bills practice squad.
Anderson, a Texas Tech alumnus, was a seventh-round pick for the Bills in April. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman will likely fill the back-up spot that previously belonged to second-round pick Landon Dickerson, who is expected to start in place of Brooks at right guard.
The Eagles also re-signed tight end Richard Rodgers to the practice squad and released center Harry Crider. Rodgers’ return is a smart move for the Eagles as he knows offense and has a lot of experience. If Ertz can’t play against the Cowboys, Rodgers can fill his tight No.2 role against starter Dallas Goedert. The Eagles also have rookie Jack Stoll on the 53-man roster.
The Eagles still have two vacancies to fill in their 53-man roster. Tight end Tyree Jackson (full back) and cornerback Josiah Scott (hamstring) will be eligible to return in Week 4. Jackson likely won’t return until later in the season, but the Eagles could use a place for Scott, who would certainly help the team’s depth of cornerback. Ertz’s return would also erase this second place.
In addition to the coming and going of the main roster and the practice squad, the Eagles have protected defensive back Elijah Riley, defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, cornerback Craig James and guard Sua Opeta on the roster. training. The Eagles haven’t bred any members of their practice squad for the previous two games, but they are allowed to raise two per game, if necessary.
With Anderson and Rodgers, the Eagles have insurance for Brooks and Ertz, at least from a depth standpoint. The Eagles already had great depth on the defensive end, so Graham’s season-ending designation didn’t necessarily need a corresponding move. The Eagles still have a slight depth in the secondary, so either Riley or James could potentially get a call on the primary roster.
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