Here’s how Eagles game day theory may be affected by new NFL bylaw

Ian Book #19, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Ian Book #19, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Spring League Meetings are underway in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and some very wealthy men are at work. Among the topics being discussed is the sale of long-time Philadelphia Eagles rival, the Washington Commanders. Deliberations are still underway there, but here’s a nugget that you may see as being interesting.

In the wake of the most recent NFC Championship Game, there has been a change in how each NFL franchise can manage its roster. According to multiple sources, including NFL Network’s Tom Peliserro and Ian Rapoport, teams can now carry a third quarterback on game days without having to use one of their 46 active game-day roster spots to do so.

Here is the official report from the Rap Sheet.

Maybe the San Francisco 49ers can stop crying now. Then again, who are we kidding? There’s no way that will ever happen, right?

Here’s a look at how the new rule change affects the Eagles and every other NFL team.

Shortly after the announcement, Tom Pelissero issued a report of his own. In short, the third quarterback must be someone on the active roster that would have previously been inactive or a practice squad player that was elevated for the game.

Practice squad players who weren’t elevated prior to the game can’t be among the players considered.

Stay tuned. Teams who were probably considering keeping two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster may rethink their strategy in roster construction. Here’s how this all affects Philly.

In the past, we have seen the Eagles carry two quarterbacks on the roster as recently as the Doug Pederson era, but last year, Ian Book was on the active unit for the duration of the season after Philadelphia claimed him off of waivers.

Book was a healthy scratch during 15 of Philadelphia’s 17 regular-season games last season. This time around, he can dress and be available. Most importantly, again, the Birds won’t have to use one of their 46 game-day roster spots to make that happen.