Josh Adams Promoted, Jordan Matthews in the Building
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Much has been made about the Eagles injury situation at receiver but the team is also banged-up at running back heading in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Jay Ajayi tweaked his back during the loss to Tampa Bay and Darren Sproles was already sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered in practice last week so the Eagles promoted former Notre Dame star Josh Adams from the practice squad on Tuesday.
"We have to make sure that we have enough guys at the position," offensive coordinator Mike Grosh said Tuesday.
Talking with Bo Wulf of The Athletic after the game in Tampa Ajayi WebMD'd himself my saying "My s@#$'s F@#$%# up," not a positive sign.
To make room for Adams on the roster, Philadelphia released receiver DeAndre Carter giving Doug Pederson only three healthy wideouts heading into the Colts game -- Nelson Agholor, Kamar Aiken and Shelton Gibson -- unless another move is made.
That move is likely to be Ex-Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews, who was first spotted at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday by 6ABC's Jamie Apody.
Matthews, a close friend of Carson Wentz, was traded to Buffalo, along with a 2018 third-round pick, last summer for cornerback Ronald Darby.
He suffered through an injury-plagued year, catching just 25 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown before moving to New England in free agency back in April. The Pats cut Matthews in August and he has been on the street since.
During his first three NFL seasons in Philadelphia, Matthews averaged 75 receptions per year. He's not a speed receiver, however, and will likely be used in the slot meaning Agholor would have to play outside, something he struggled with during his first two pro campaigns.
Ajayi, meanwhile, missed most of the first half in Tampa before returning and gutting it out, finishing with seven carries for 23 yards and a 2-yard touchdown run.
Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood handled the majority of the work against the Bucs with the former playing 42 percent of the offensive and gaining 30 yards on six carries while adding five receptions for 55 yards. Smallwood, meanwhile, played 30 percent of snaps and carried seven times for 28 yards.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Adams offers Philadelphia some size and physicality in the backfield and led the Eagles in rushing during the preseason with 90 yards on 23 carries.
"We were pleased with Josh and his production throughout training camp," Groh said. "He missed some time due to injuries but had some productive time in the games and he's here on the practice squad and knows our system. We think he's got an upside. He's got a big body and we are excited about seeing Josh."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen