The Eagles have waived wide receiver DeAndre Carter and promoted running back Josh Adams from the practice squad to the active roster.
Considering the struggles at wide receiver early in the season and the fact that the group is incredibly thin, it’s a bit strange that Carter was the odd man out. But the move tells us more about the running back situation than it does the receivers.
Darren Sproles missed Sunday’s game against the Bucs due to a hamstring injury, and Jay Ajayi was limited in the game after suffering a back injury. Although Ajayi returned to the game and scored a touchdown, he was far from 100 percent.
Promoting Adams likely means Sproles will be out again Sunday against the Colts, and possibly Ajayi too. That would leave Adams, Corey Clement, and Wendell Smallwood to carry the rushing load.
As far as the receivers go, it will be interesting to see if the Eagles make a corresponding move to add depth. Alshon Jeffery is still week-to-week and Mike Wallace is out indefinitely with a broken fibula suffered in Sunday’s game. With the release of Carter, that leaves Nelson Agholor, Shelton Gibson, and Kamar Aiken as the lone healthy wide receivers.
The Eagles showed a willingness to use tight end Josh Perkins on Sunday, who they consider more of a wide receiver, and it’s possible that we could be seeing more two tight end sets going forward. Even so, it’s hard to believe the Birds will want to go into Sunday’s game with only three active wide receivers.