Philadelphia Eagles add Alshon Jeffery to active roster, but why?

Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Did you notice than an injured Alshon Jeffery is actually on the 53-man roster?

After months of speculation and at the time of this story being published, we’re almost a week away from the Philadelphia Eagles‘ first game of the 2020 NFL season, one that pits them against their rivals from D.C., the Washington Football Team. That one’s scheduled to go down at 1 p.m. EST at FedExField, but while the initial 53-man roster is set, this team could look different between now and the 13th.

One of the reasons why is this team currently boasts three running backs. Then, there are a few other things to take note of.

One, Brandon Brooks is still on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list and not the team’s IR (injured reserve). While that is par for the course (teams typically won’t place guys on IR until after the regular season begins), it does make an inquiring mind wander (or wonder, depending on how you look at it). Does that mean this Eagles organization expects him to return in 2020? It wouldn’t surprise anyone if he did.

Here’s something else for Eagles fans to consider.

Perhaps, one of the biggest surprises about this Eagles 53-man roster is this. Alshon Jeffery is on it. He’s not on the PUP. There seem to be no plans to place him on the IR. He’s on the active roster.

With that being said, there are two things here that we need to mention. That might mean that the Eagles believe that he’ll be back prior to the middle of the season. Placing him on the PUP list meant he probably wouldn’t be able to return until sometime after the seventh game.

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There also seems to be no intention of trading him. Following the announcement of the Eagles roster, vice president and general manager Howie Roseman met with the media and made sure to mention that an initial report by Jeff McLane was in error. According to the guy charged with building this team’s roster year in and year out, Philadelphia has no plans of trading ’17’ and has made no attempt to do so. We’ll see what transpires in the coming days.