Eagles shuffle practice squad roster ahead of Week 8 game versus Steelers

Tarron Jackson #75, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Tarron Jackson #75, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

The bye week is in our rearview mirrors. The Philadelphia Eagles are back to work. Ahead of their next game, Week 8’s battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers, they have announced that they’ve elected to shuffle their practice squad.

Less than 72 hours after officially announcing the release of second-year defensive end Tarron Jackson, a move that followed the trade to acquire Robert Quinn, he’s back with the scout team. Philly has subsequently also announced the release of kicker Cameron Dicker to make room for him.

Cameron Dicker and the Eagles part ways, but there’s one more roster question.

Dicker quickly became a fan favorite following some Week 5 heroics. Filling in for Jake Elliott, he converted both of his field goal attempts including one that put Philadelphia ahead on the scoreboard for good. He was also perfect on a pair of extra-point tries. For his efforts, he was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

His release comes as no surprise though. With Elliott back at work and healthy, there was no need to carry two kickers, even if that kicker is as talented as Cameron. It makes much more sense to utilize a spot on the scout team to carry another position of need.

Meanwhile, on the Tyree Jackson front, he’s still enjoying a 21-day practice window, but there’s been no announcement of his promotion from the injured reserve back to the 53-man roster. That announcement may come sooner rather than later.

Once it happens, that figures to suggest the release of Grant Calcaterra (and possibly his reacquisition and addition to the practice squad at some point), but for now, minds are occupied with Week 8’s game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This is another huge game versus a worthy opponent. A win obviously moves the Eagles to 7-0 on the season ahead of a Thursday night matchup versus the Houston Texans.

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