Philadelphia Eagles make decisions on 7 players ahead of Week 5’s game

Vinny Curry (Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Vinny Curry (Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) /

Philadelphia Eagles fans could see three contributors on the field very soon.

Well, hopefully, those banged up Philadelphia Eagles have more of those familiar faces on the field sooner rather than later. It’s been tough sledding so far as the whole ‘next-man-up’ thing has reached levels that no team or fan base should have to endure. Sometimes, it seems like it would take less time to detail who did practice than give fans and readers a list of who didn’t, but if you’re a ‘Birds’ fan, there is hope.

One week after their announcement that the Eagles had activated a 21-day practice window for one of the player’s on the team’s injured reserve, rookie wide receiver Quez Watkins, the ‘Birds’ announced via their official Twitter account on the ‘WentzDay’ prior to Week 5’s game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers that they were doing the same for defensive end Vinny Curry and cornerback Craig James.

What that means is this. Philly has until October 28th to determine whether or not they’ll add Curry and James Watkins to the active roster or keep them on their injured reserve for the remainder of the 2020 season. They have until October 20th to make the same decision on Watkins.

Philadelphia has also reacquired Adrian Killins following the announcement that he’s been reassigned to their practice squad three days after his release on October 5th. Sure, there’s no news on Jalen Reagor, DeSean Jackson, or Alshon Jeffery, but despite the fact that he was thrown in some tough situations during his NFL debut, Killins has demonstrated that he’s worth keeping around.

Here are a few other tidbits if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Philly’s shuffling of the roster began on the Tuesday leading up to Week 5’s game as they announced that they were protecting four practice squad players: defensive back Grayland Arnold tight end Jason Croom, defensive tackle T.Y. McGill, and defensive back Elijah Riley.

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The question is this. Might we see Grayland Arnold and T.Y. McGill added to the active roster permanently at some point? According to league rules, practice squad players can only be promoted to the active roster twice per season. Also, each NFL team is only allowed to protect four players per week. As 2020’s campaign wears on, the Eagles could be in danger of seeing another team poach one or both of these talented rookies and adding them to their own roster.