Philadelphia Eagles will rely on three more unknowns in Week 5

Quez Watkins (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Quez Watkins (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

It’s a familiar yet frustrating topic if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Last season, former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker, special-teams ace, and now radio show host Ike Reese coined the phrase ‘Carson Wentz and the kids’ as ’11’ led Philly on a late-season charge to give this proud franchise the NFC East’s crown and a Wild Card playoff berth.

In 2020, the injuries have come more frequently (and earlier). Each game after Week 1’s disappointing loss to a team that doesn’t even have a nickname has seemingly been a must-win game, and if fans were allowed at Lincoln Financial Field, a program would have to be bought prior to every home game as fans continue to have to refamiliarize themselves with who plays for this team.

Add another unknown to the Philadelphia Eagles Week 5 program.

Heading into Philly’s in-state clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers, nothing has changed on that front. Philadelphia announced on Thursday, October 8th that they were adding linebacker T.J. Edwards and safety Rudy Ford to the injured reserve. By the time we got to the Friday leading up to Week 5’s game, as expected, Avonte Maddox, DeSean Jackson, and Alshon Jeffery were all ruled out due to injury.

Saturday brought even more news on the roster as Philly has, hopefully, shuffled their roster for the last time prior to Sunday’s 1 P.M. EST kickoff, but in this case, we’re all actually discussing some roster additions instead of injuries.

According to an official team report that was released right around lunchtime on the East Coast, the Philadelphia Eagles have elevated tight end Jason Croom and defensive back Elijah Riley from the practice squad to the active roster for Week 5. Both are relatively unknown by Eagles fans, and it’s doubtful they’ll be on the field a ton unless there is some sort of an emergency.

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Philly also announced that they were signing Grayland Arnold to the active roster and activating wide receiver Quez Watkins and cornerback Craig James from the injured reserve. James and Arnold are pretty familiar to most of us. Like Croom and Riley, Watkins isn’t. He was the 200th-overall selection in 2020’s NFL Draft, but he has yet to make an appearance in an Eagles game. Let’s hope he brings some nice surprises with him in terms of playmaking ability.