The Eagles endured a punishing matchup with the Bengals on Sunday that ultimately resulted in a tie. As frustrating as the result was, there was a lot more to be concerned about in the bigger picture, especially when it came to injuries.
CB Avonte Maddox and TE Dallas Goedert are both set to miss time after sustaining lower-body injuries. The pair of 2018 draft picks are key starters in this Eagles team and their absence will test positional depth. Former Chargers CB Trevor Williams is the next in line behind Maddox in what is a depth chart void of starting talent, while a light TE position turns to veteran Richard Rodgers, who is now in the middle of rodeo #3 as an Eagle.
Practice squad depth could well be called upon soon, especially with the new rules. The Eagles signed to players to their expanded group of developmental players on Tuesday in case of this very scenario.
DB Michael Jacquet
Jacquet was signed to the 90-man roster as a UDFA this offseason but was always on the outside looking in. A former wide receiver, the cornerback has a stunning 82-inch wingspan and 33.5-inch arms, adding some length that the CB position currently lacks.
At 6’1, 195 lbs, he has 14 passes defensed in the last two years. Jacquet is a rangy corner that reminds me a lot of the flyer the team look last year on Jay Liggins.
His lack of positional experience means he’s still probably going to be regarded as a developmental piece as opposed to someone they can lean on in a pinch, but he could take Williams’ place on the PS if he earns a permanent spot on the 53.
TE Jason Croom
Croom has been around the league since 2017 where he signed with the Bills as a UDFA. It was one year late where the 6’5, 246 lbs, TE made his biggest impact, recording 22 catches for 259 yards and a touchdown. Croom would spend the entire 2019 campaign on IR, leaving the 26-year-old in need of a big offseason.
The Bills depth chart was fairly organized behind Dawson Knox and Croom ultimately landed on the practice squad after being mentioned in trade talks. He was released from the unit last week and it didn’t take long for the Eagles to come knocking.
With Josh Perkins still on IR, Croom has a chance to stick around in a group that lacks talent behind Ertz and Goedert.
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