The Philadelphia Eagles promote Allex Ellis from the practice squad to the active roster. Here are three thoughts on the move.
Well, in the end, the Philadelphia Eagles decided not to walk into the regular season with two tight ends after all. Philly promoted Alex Ellis to the active roster on Friday, just two days before their first regular-season game of 2019.
This one’s interesting. Let’s not waste a ton of time. Here are three corresponding thoughts on the move.
1. Philly adds a third tight end.
Many were pulling for Ellis and thought that he or Joshua Perkins would make the final 53-man roster anyway, but when 4 PM EST rolled around on August 31st, both Ellis and Perkins’ names were left off. Philly’s final roster consisted of only two tight ends, Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz.
Those are two doggone good options, but the immediate reaction by many was ‘what if someone gets hurt’? Well, it appears ‘The Birds’ had a plan in place. Who knows? Maybe they needed more time for evaluation. We’ll never know, but what we do know is there are three tight ends on the roster now. That should make a lot of people feel better about Philly’s depth at tight end.
2. Here’s some background.
Ellis has three receptions and 11 total receiving yards for his career. He’s been on five NFL rosters since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2016. His deal is for two years.
If this works out, obviously, he’s a steal, but based on his skill set, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if he does. He’s earned the right to be on this roster.
3. Don’t worry. No one’s getting cut (for now).
The Eagles made no corresponding moves after extending Cre’Von LeBlanc, and adding him to the team’s IR (injured reserve) on September 2nd. That left Philly with an available spot on their roster.
Often, after moves like these are made at this point of the season, the immediate thought is someone will be released. Not in this case. Ellis’ promotion places the Eagles active roster at 53 players. As of now, no corresponding moves need to be made. We’ll see how Philly handles things moving forward.