Here are Sunday’s minor moves. The players who landed on injured reserve are eligible to come off teams’ respective lists after three weeks. For 2020, teams can also activate an unlimited number of IR players — as opposed to the two-man max of 2019.
The Eagles have signed the second member of their 2020 draft class. Quez Watkins, the No. 200 overall selection, has put pen to paper, the team announced.
Philadelphia’s WR corps was in desperate need of a talent infusion this offseason, and while the club did not make any major moves to acquire a veteran — all due apologies to Marquise Goodwin— it did triple dip at receiver in the draft. Watkins joins first-rounder Jalen Reagor and fifth-rounder John Hightoweras rookie wideouts looking to make an impact right away.
The three wide receiver draftees and Goodwin all have one thing in common: they can fly. Watkins posted the third-fastest time at the combine in Indianapolis, and some believed he could go as early as the fourth round. The Southern Miss product needs to expand his route tree and improve his physicality, but if head coach Doug Pederson can scheme some touches for him, his game-breaking athleticism will be tough to defend.
And though Watkins is a sixth-round pick, he may not be buried on the depth chart. Alshon Jefferycould start the season on the PUP list, DeSean Jackson‘s status with the team just became rather tenuous, and second-year pro JJ Arcega-Whiteside had a disappointing rookie campaign. So there is a scenario in which Watkins could be a big factor this year, especially if he gets a shot as a kick returner.
On Thursday night, the Birds used the No. 21 overall pick on TCU’s Jalen Reagor, who ran the 40-yard-dash in less than 4.3 seconds. Today, they swung a deal with the 49ers for former track star Marquise Goodwin, fleet footed Boise state receiver John Hightower, and now Watkins – another speed specialist.
Watkins posted the third-fastest time at the combine in Indianpolis and some believed he could go as early as the fourth round. The Birds, at No. 210, were happy to stop his fall.