Eagles’ 53-man roster vs. Lions: News and notes for Week 8

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As the Eagles and Lions get set for kickoff, the 53-man roster for Week 8 is something to watch, as Philadelphia could really become a seller if the team falls to 2-6 on the season.

Here’s a breakdown of the 53 man roster for Sunday’s important matchup, with news and analysis.

QB #1 Jalen Hurts

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In Week 7, Hurts was 18 of 34, for 236-yards and 2 touchdowns.

QB Gardner Minshew #10

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Minshew is now the No. 2 quarterback in Philadelphia and he’ll be a player to watch moving forward.

QB Reid Sinnett #7

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Sinnett saw action with the Dolphins early on this season and he’ll likely be inactive in Week 8.

RB Jordan Howard #24

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The veteran running back will see his first action of the season with Miles Sanders set to be placed on injured reserve.

RB Kenneth Gainwell #14

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Gainwell logged 5 carries for 20 yards against the Raiders and he’ll likely get the start on Sunday, with Boston Scott and Jordan Howard in reserve roles.

RB Boston Scott #35

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Scott logged 7 carries for 24-yards and a touchdown in the first extensive action of the season.

WR DeVonta Smith #6

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Smith is coming off 5 catch, 61-yard performance against the Raiders and should be on deck for a huge afternoon in Detroit.

WR Quez Watkins #16

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Philadelphia’s No. 2 wide receiver, Watkins is among the league leaders in yards per catch.

WR Jalen Reagor #18

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Reagor logged 2 catches for 25-yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. He’s in a battle with Quez Watkins for the No. 2 wide receiver spot.

WR Greg Ward #84

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Ward saw 17 snaps against the Raiders.

WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside #19

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Questionable with a back injury, Arcega-Whiteside has yet to be targeted this season.

TE Dallas Goedert #88

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Goedert led Philadelphia in receiving yards against the Raiders and logged 93% of the snaps.

TE Jack Stoll #89

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The undrafted rookie from Nebraska saw 13 snaps against the Raiders and could remain the backup tight end until Tyree Jackson is ready to return.

LT Jordan Mailata #68

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The Eagles star left tackle will look to bounce back against Detroit after getting roughed up at times by Raiders star Yannick Ngakoue.

LG Landon Dickerson #69

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Dillard is coming along at left guard and has the ability to play three different spots.

C Jason Kelce #62

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Kelce makes another consecutive start as he continues to make history as one of the franchise’s all-time greats.

RG Jack Driscoll #63

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Driscoll was solid against Las Vegas, logging every snap.

RT Lane Johnson #65

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Lane Johnson logged 58 snaps in his first game back.

LT Andre Dillard #65

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The subject of trade rumors, Dillard played well when both Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson were out with injuries.

G/T Brett Toth #64

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Toth can play both positions for the Eagles.

C/G Jack Anderson #76

Anderson was ruled out.

G/C Sua Opeta

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If either Landon Dickerson or Jack Driscoll goes down, Opeta could be called to action if he’s active.

G/C Nate Herbig

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Herbig could see time at guard or center if he’s active.

DE Josh Sweat #94

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Sweat had a tackle, a pass defended, and one of the few hits on Derek Carr.

DT Javon Hargrave #97

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Hargrave had 7 tackles against the Raiders and should be in line for a huge matchup on Sunday.

DT Fletcher Cox #91

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The Eagles star defensive tackle was frustrated on Sunday afternoon, logging 2 tackles, while spending the afternoon defending screens.

DE Derek Barnett #96

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Barnett is among the NFC leaders in quarterback pressures despite his penchant for penalties, and he also logged the most snaps against Las Vegas.

DE Tarron Jackson #75

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The rookie logged 4 snaps against Las Vegas and could start to cut into Ryan Kerrigan’s playing time.

DE Ryan Kerrigan #90

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Kerrigan logged 14 snaps against the Raider and could see his snaps dwindle.

DT Hassan Ridgeway #98

The massive defensive tackle should see 20 snaps against Las Vegas.

DT Marlon Tuipulotu #95

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He could be inactive.

DT Milton Williams #93

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Williams logged 18 snaps against the Raiders, accounting for 1 tackle.

LB Shaun Bradley #54

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The Temple product is seeing the bulk of usage of special teams.

LB Genard Avery #58

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The SAM linebacker and veteran pass rusher logged the third-most snaps against the Raiders.

LB T.J. Edwards #57

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Edwards had five tackles against the Raiders.

LB Patrick Johnson #48

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The rookie has seen his snaps disappear after starting against Dallas.

LB Alex Singleton #49

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The Eagles’ leading tackler, Singleton gets exposed in the passing game and misses his share of tackles as well.

LB Davion Taylor #52

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Taylor had 6 tackles against Las Vegas.

LB Eric Wilson #50

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A value signing in the offseason, Wilson has been disappointing through 7 weeks.

CB Tay Gowan #36

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A former Central Florida star who was drafted by the Cardinals but expected to be a member of the Eagles, Gowan was inactive against Las Vegas.

CB Avonte Maddox #29

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The fourth-year cornerback is having his best season after returning to the slot.

CB Mac McCain #37

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McCain was inactive against the Bucs.

CB Zech McPhearson #27

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After seeing time early on in the season, McPhearson has been reduced to a special teams role and he’ll be out on Sunday.

CB Steven Nelson #3

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The veteran is matching Darius Slay in the big play department this season.

CB Josiah Scott #33

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Scott has returned to the roster after spending time on injured reserve.

CB Darius Slay #2

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Slay returns to the city that drafted him and he’ll look for a huge performance.

DB Andre Chachere #23

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The veteran has excelled on special teams.

Safety Marcus Epps #22

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Epps led the Eagles in tackles (11) against the Raiders and he’ll likely start at Detroit.

Safety Rodney McLeod

The veteran had 8 tackles against the Raiders.

K'Von Wallace #28

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The Eagles activated safety K’Von Wallace from Injured Reserve, and he’ll be needed as starting safety Anthony Harris is doubtful for Sunday’s game with thumbs/groin injuries.

Wallace started in two of the first three games this season, logging six tackles before suffering a shoulder injury during Week 3 in Dallas.

Richard Rodgers TE #81

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Rodgers was elevated for last week’s game in Las Vegas and played seven snaps on offense.

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