Philadelphia Eagles: 5 reactions to final cuts for 53-man roster during 2018 season

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3. Gibson, Carter great additions

Since Alshon Jeffery is expected to miss at least the first two games of the regular season while continuing to recover from surgery on a torn rotator cuff he played through all last season, Philadelphia will need all of the extra help they can get at wide receiver. When healthy, Jeffery has proven to be one of the league’s most dangerous receivers, and while the Eagles were crushed to hear the news about his extended recovery time, the team still feels confident enough in others stepping up in his absence.

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Take a look at Shelton Gibson and DeAndre Carter for instance, both of which spent the entire preseason battling hard for a roster spot, only to see their hard work pay off by being one of six players at the position to make the roster.

While Philadelphia was glad to see improvement on Gibson’s end after a disappointing rookie campaign in 2017, Carter has been one of the best feel-good stories of the Eagles over the last few weeks.

After the former Sacramento State star has struggled to find a permanent home since 2015 when he first came to the league as an undrafted free agent, Carter will be motivated more than ever to make an impact during his first season in Philadelphia. And with opportunities to see additional passes thrown in their direction, expect both players to take advantage of extra time on the football field.