In a move that was unexpected but not surprising, the Philadelphia Eagles have promoted Greg Ward to the active roster. Here are three thoughts.
In a world where news travels fast, it’s hard to sneak anything past one of the most studious and loyal fanbases on Planet Earth, that of the Philadelphia Eagles. Shortly after lunch on the eve of their Week 12 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, the ‘Birds’ promoted a longtime member of the practice squad, Greg Ward, to the active roster.
Social media, as always, was all over this one. Here are three reactions to the move.
1. It’s about time.
For much of the Eagles fanbase, the question is why wasn’t this done sooner? Mack Hollins is a waste of a roster spot, and whenever he’s on the field, it just feels like the opposing defense only has to cover four eligible receivers as opposed to the usual five.
Hollins isn’t a threat in the passing game. He’s not even a decent decoy, but that’s more of a reflection of the coaching than the talent.
2. There’s a problem. Carson Walch is still the wide receivers coach.
As long as Carson Walch is the receivers coach, the Eagles are never going to get all that they can out of the wide receiver corps. He’s the reason Hollins looks so bad. He’s the reason why JJ Arcega-Whiteside isn’t ready.
He’s to blame for Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery regressing. He’s the reason why it wouldn’t have mattered if the Eagles had drafted D.K. Metcalf over Arcega-Whiteside. He’s part of the reason for Ward’s slow development. This guy just isn’t getting the job done.
3. Safety Rudy Ford heads to the team’s IR (injured reserve).
The additional roster spot to add Ward comes as a result of Philly placing safety Rudy Ford on the team’s IR. That leaves a huge void on special teams to fill. Ward may only be used in emergency duty, but he should be ready if he’s called upon.