The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced eight moving squads ahead of their Week 8 match against the Dallas Cowboys. An overview:
Let’s sort through this on a per-player basis.
Reagor has returned to play his first game since tearing his thumb ligament in Week 2. It is interesting to think about the damage he could do against the Cowboys’ fearsome defense. Reagor character to replace DeSean Jackson, currently on the bench injured, as the team’s starting Z wide receiver.
We wrote about Goedert̵7;s return earlier today:
From Goedert [return] is a bit of a surprise. It has been previously reported that the 25-year-old may not return until after the Eagles’ Week 9 farewell. The team was happy to bring him back sooner than expected later “very little [ankle] fracture ”he suffered in Week 3.
Goedert led all Eagles players to receive yards before being injured. His return numbers are good news for Carson Wentz and offense. With Zach Ertz on the bench injured, Goedert is expected to be No. 1 while Richard Rodgers moves to No. 2.
Goedert was more successful against Dallas (pictured) than any other team in the NFL. In four games of his career with Cowboys, he has scored 17 tackles with 204 yards and three touches.
It looks like Eagles will put Peters back on the left and send Jordan Mailata on the bench. Quite disappointing. The feeling here is that the Eagles should put Peters on the right guard, which is the position they intend him to play when re-signing him, and keep Mailata in the starting lineup. But Peters has a lot of influence (see: force the team to raise his salary) and it’s not hard to imagine he got his way here again.
Edwards could be fit for a bigger role now with Nathan Gerry on the bench injured. The Eagles could have him or Alex Singleton lined up as their center-back. Edwards’ return was also a driving force for the special team unit.
Ford is a contributor to particularly important groups; he’s done a good job as a sniper on punt coverage this season. Bringing him back also helps the Eagles add a secure depth.
Laugh out loud. A week ago, Eagles threw Butler a fourth crucial match and goal. Now he’s not even on the team. Eagles do not need to close tightly for the fourth time when Goedert is back. However, it’s interesting to see them abandoning him instead of the older Jason Croom. The Eagles may seek to bring Butler back into their practice team if he is not asked by another team.
With Craig James and Cre’Von LeBlanc (who got injured this week) out of Sunday’s game, the Eagles are left with only three healthy full-backs: Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox (returning for the first time after injuries) and Nickell Robey- Coleman. Motivating Jacquet gives them another body in position, though we can see Jalen Mills move down the corner before Jacquet actually sees meaningful playtime.
This height is predictable as the Eagles used the team guard training over Williams earlier this week. Philly needed to deepen the defense while Hassan Ridgeway was on the bench. Williams, a contracting freelance rookie, will have his chance to become the fourth DT after Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave and Malik Jackson.