When the Eagles released Hank Baskett earlier this week, most assumed they would activate either Reggie Brown or rookie Brandon Gibson today.
Brown seemed like the more likely candidate, but a few minutes ago we found out neither guy will suit up.
That gives the Eagles four wide receivers: DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, Jason Avant and rookie Jeremy Maclin.
It's an interesting move. No depth if one of the guys goes down. And it remains to be seen how comfortable Maclin is with all of the playbook. He did not have a reception in Week 1.
Free-agent acquisition Sean Jones will be in the lineup for the first time, prsumably to back up Macho Harris.
Also seeing his first action as an Eagle will be defensive end Jason Babin. As I mentioned yesterday, the Birds should be able to take advantage of Saints LT Jermon Bushrod. Last week, Sean McDermott used several defensive linemen throughout the game, but of course, he had that luxury after the Eagles went up big in the second quarter.
As for Brown, he told reporters earlier this week he didn't want to get his hopes up yet about playing, just because the Eagles released Baskett.
"I don't know if I'm up, so I can't get excited," he said, per Birds' Eye View. "I just want to play. Hopefully I'll get an opportunity to play and I can make the best of it."
Looks like he was right.
If you're wondering why the Eagles got rid of Baskett instead of Brown, check out Paul Domowitch's excellent breakdown from Friday about the camp hit the Birds would be on the hook for if they released Brown.
And earlier, we posted the roundup of national picks.