Eagles add reinforcements ahead of Week 18 finale versus Giants

C.J. Gardner-Johnson #23, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
C.J. Gardner-Johnson #23, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

This should ease some of the tension. Ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles Week 18 regular-season finale versus the hated New York Giants, the Birds have added some reinforcements by way of a handful of roster moves.

It has also been reported via Jeff McLane that Jalen Hurts, despite being questionable will start on Sunday versus New York.

C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Robert Quinn are back as they have been added to the active 53-man roster. Philly also announced the signing of punter Brett Kern from the practice squad. That was their only option after already utilizing the maximum number of game-day elevations on him (three). Linebacker Shaun Bradley and defensive end Janarius Robinson have been added to the team’s injured reserve in subsequent moves.

Offensive lineman Brett Toth had his practice window opened on Wednesday with C.J. and Robert, but he has yet to return to the active roster. Keep an eye on him. We’ll see what happens.

Most of Eagles Nation is in good spirits despite a tough loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 17. Still, heading into Philadelphia’s final regular-season game before tackling the postseason, Saturday’s news provides one heck of an adrenaline rush.

Eagles fans are well aware of C.J. Gardner-Johnson’s ability, but no one should give up on Robert Quinn either.

The Birds hit a home run with C.J. Gardner-Johnson. He has provided quite the lift at the safety position.

Injured during Week 12’s game versus the Green Bay Packers, he has missed each of Philly’s last five games, but get this. He’s in a three-way tie with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Justin Simmons for the highest interception total this year with six picks. Just let that sink in for a second.

Quinn has gotten off to a slower start. When the Eagles traded a fourth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Chicago Bears on October 26th for his services, we all understood. We figured the Birds were going ‘all in’ with their efforts to win another Super Bowl, but we also knew this was a hit-or-miss acquisition.

So far, the trade hasn’t produced the fireworks that everyone hoped for, but don’t give up hope yet. There’s still time for Robert to make some noise and have an impact on this season. Is he up to the task? Was it this most recent injury that hampered him? We may never know, but one thing is certain.

The resume suggests that we shouldn’t count him out. Our fingers are crossed that he comes up big the rest of the way.

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