5 Eagles Most Likely to Be Inactive vs Vikings on Thursday Night Football

Tanner McKee highlights the list of Eagles' likely inactive players for Thursday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Tanner McKee highlights the list of Eagles' likely inactive players for Thursday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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We went five-for-five in Week 1 with all of our projected inactives coming through as inactive for the season-opener against the New England Patriots.

The Eagles are on a short week against the Minnesota Vikings for Week 2 Thursday Night Football, and usually that would mean we can expect limited changes from what we saw in Week 1. But after some worrying struggles against the Pats, it may be time to shake things up already.

Here’s a look at the five most likely Eagles inactives for Thursday.

Projecting Eagles Week 2 Inactives vs. Vikings

1. Tanner McKee

I’ll go ahead and take the low-hanging fruit here to start off. We can just about lock Tanner McKee in as an inactive every single week unless Jalen Hurts or Marcus Mariota get injured. It doesn’t matter how good McKee might be, there’s just no practical reason to have him on the active roster.

The new NFL emergency third quarterback rules mean in most situations it would be straight-up silly for a team to include three quarterbacks on the active gameday roster.

As long as all three are on the 53-man roster (which Hurts, McKee and Mariota are), you can designate an emergency third quarterback who is technically inactive. Then, if your top two passers get either injured or ejected, you can still bring that QB3 into the game.

So while McKee is a very solid QB3 who has the potential to develop into Hurts’ direct backup before long, he’s never going to be active unless an injury pops up or he manages to jump Mariota on the depth chart.