Philadelphia Eagles add guard Jack Anderson: 3 Fun facts

Jack Anderson, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Jack Anderson, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /

Dallas Cowboys Week is underway. The Philadelphia Eagles were very busy on the Tuesday leading up to their battle with their rivals. They made two moves that we were expecting. Then, they made another that we weren’t, one that, seemingly, came out of nowhere.

According to an official team report, defensive end Brandon Graham and guard Brandon Brooks are headed to the team’s injured reserve. That should come as no surprise as we’ve been waiting to hear that, but here’s the curveball.

They’ve also agreed to sign another prospect at the guard position, Jack Anderson, to the active roster from the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad. That’s a name that’s unfamiliar to many of us but have no fear (if you harbor some). Here’s the skinny on the young fella.

Here are three tidbits about the newest member of the Philadelphia Eagles

1. First of all, here’s your introduction and how he got here.

Jack Anderson was a seventh-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills during the most recent NFL Draft. He’s 22 years old, six-foot-five, and 315 pounds. He looks the part. The question is can he play the part?

He signed his rookie deal on May 13th and was waived on August 31st but re-signed to the practice squad the next day. That’s where Philly found him.

2. He’s actually a former collegiate teammate of another Eagles rookie.

Both Anderson and Zech McPhearson shared the field as teammates on the Texas Tech Red Raiders roster. McPhearson, as you know, appeared in 22 games at the collegiate level as a member of the Red Raiders after spending nine in two seasons with the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Anderson appeared and started in 38 games during his days in Lubbock. One might imagine that they’ve spoken and are gearing up for their alma mater’s matchup with the Texas Longhorns on the 25th, this Saturday.

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3. If Nick Sirianni wants to cook up some trick plays, this may be the guy to run them.

Jack Anderson is also credited with a two-yard reception in 2017. Now, we know that Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni likes trick plays. Might the big guy sneak out into a pass pattern on the goal line? Judging by what we saw in Week 2, the Birds seemed disinterested in getting the ball to Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert.