3. Albert Okwuegbunam
Week 3 wasn’t a good sign for Albert Okwuegbunam’s chances of cracking the active roster any time soon.
Early in the season I thought he was just taking some time to get up to speed in the offense and still had a real chance of passing Grant Calcaterra as the TE3 before long. As the weeks go on, however, I’m feeling a lot less confident that we see Albert O active barring an injury to one of Philly’s top three tight ends.
Last week was the perfect opportunity to carry four active TEs, especially because Okwuegbunam is basically a wide receiver in a tight end’s body.
The Eagles carry a very thin wide receiver room of just A.J. Brown, Devonta Smith, Quez Watkins and Olamide Zaccheaus as the non-returners. With Watkins out, suddenly we were looking at just a three-man rotation. That meant a potential bump in tight end usage, plus the potential for more snaps with our tight ends split out wide.
Jack Stoll (51%) and Grant Calcaterra (15%) saw their highest snap rates of the season and Philly had to scrape the bottom of the barrel, activating Allen and giving Covey some snaps at wide receiver.
But even with all of that, Okwuegbunam didn’t get to suit up. What more is it going to take? I’m not sure, but I do know that until something else changes we can assume Albert O will be inactive indefinitely.