Those Philadelphia Eagles backups are center stage again

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Who are the Philadelphia Eagles’ pass catchers this week?

Do we really want to talk about the wide receivers? Well, if we must! DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Alshon Jeffery, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside are all out this week. Quez Watkins wasn’t activated, which means, believe it or not, Greg Ward will be the number one wideout this week. On Saturday, the Eagles elevated practice squad wideouts Travis Fulgham and Deontay Burnett from the practice squad to the active roster. For Burnett, that’s the second time this season that’s happened.

Fulgham is a six-foot-two, 215-pound receiver who was a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Many thought he was just brought in as a training camp body this summer, but the ‘Birds’ decided to keep him over Robert Davis. There’s a chance Fulgham gets snaps at the ‘X’ or primary position on Sunday. Burnett will see snaps in the slot like last week. He always contributes when he’s on the field.

Earlier this week, Philly also signed Hakeem Butler from the Carolina Panthers practice squad and converted him to tight end with the absence of Dallas Goedert. He’s six-foot-five with 35.25-inch arms and 10.75-inch hands so maybe Wentz will throw some 50-50 balls his way. He’s also got good speed for his size and a nasty stiff-arm to rack up the ‘YAC’ (yards after the catch for the uninitiated).

Practice squad running back Adrian Killins was also elevated to the active roster for this one. With his speed, don’t be surprised if he gets some snaps at wide receiver and is used on gadget plays. Any time he touches the ball, he’s a threat to score.