Shelton Gibson

Shelton Gibson’s 2-year run on Eagles’ roster is over

Shelton Gibson’s 2-year run on Eagles’ roster is over

After two years, Shelton Gibson’s run on the Eagles’ roster is over. 

The Eagles on Sunday waived/injured the 24-year-old receiver who suffered an ankle injury earlier in camp. If he clears waivers, he would revert to the Eagles’ Injured Reserve. 

This was a Shelton for Shelton transaction on Sunday. 

Taking Gibson’s spot on the 90-man roster is cornerback Sojourn Shelton. The 24-year-old Wisconsin product went undrafted in 2017 and has spent time with the Cardinals and Bengals but hasn’t played in an NFL game. 

The Eagles drafted Gibson in the fifth round out of West Virginia back in 2017. Thought to be a raw player, Gibson at least had speed and some potential but was never able to really make a difference on offense. In two years, he played in 20 regular season games, but had just three catches for 59 yards. 

Last season, Gibson had a 48-yard catch in the Minnesota game but that was his only catch in 2018. In a year where the Eagles were desperate for a speed receiver, Gibson played just 64 offensive snaps all year. 

At least Gibson did carve out a role as a decent gunner on the punt team, but that was only going to get him so far. 

Gibson suffered what seemed to be a pretty significant ankle injury at the public practice on Aug. 4. He had been listed as week to week. 

But even before the ankle injury, it seemed like a much tougher road for Gibson to make the 53-man roster. The top four receivers seem set: Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. If Mack Hollins can stay healthy, he’ll likely be the fifth. So Gibson was in a group fighting for a possible sixth receiver spot on the roster. 

With Gibson completely out of the picture, the top candidates to win that sixth job (if the Eagles keep six) are Marken Michel, Charles Johnson and Greg Ward.

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Eagles Injury Update: Running back Boston Scott misses 1st practice of training camp

Eagles Injury Update: Running back Boston Scott misses 1st practice of training camp

Boston Scott missed practice on Monday afternoon and was the only new injury coming out of the two-hour open practice at the Linc Sunday night.

Here’s a look at the full Eagles’ injury report:

RB Boston Scott: The second-year running back tweaked his ankle at the open practice on Sunday night and missed practice on Monday afternoon. Scott is considered day-to-day by the Eagles. It’s the first practice he’s missed this summer.

DE Joe Ostman: A day after fans at the Linc saw Ostman carted off the field during open practice, the Eagles said he’s still being evaluated with a knee injury.

WR Shelton Gibson: Same with Gibson. He got hurt very soon after Ostman. Initially the trainers called for a cart, but just before it left the sideline they changed their mind, and Gibson walked gingerly off the field under his own power. Gibson has an ankle injury that’s also still being evaluated, according to the team.

RB Corey Clement:It was a no-pads practice, but Clement did get some work in 11-on-11 for the first time since he returned to practice on a limited basis last week. Clement is almost all the way back from the torn ACL he suffered last year.

WR Mack Hollins: Hollins, who participated in the first four days of training camp, has now missed a full week with a hip injury that he suffered last Monday. The Eagles list him as day-to-day.

OL Corey Tucker: The undrafted rookie offensive lineman missed a second straight day with a concussion that he suffered on Saturday.

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill: Grugier-Hill is out indefinitely with a sprained knee he suffered at practice on Saturday. On Sunday night, he talked about the injury (see story).

LB Paul Worrilow: Still sidelined potentially long-term with the knee injury he initially suffered at OTAs in the spring of 2018.

CB Jalen Mills: Remains on the PUP list and unable to participate in any practice sessions with last year’s foot injury.

CB Cre'Von LeBlanc: Out indefinitely with a foot sprain. 

LB Nigel Bradham, DT Fletcher Cox, DT Derek Barnett, CB Ronald Darby: This group of 2018 defensive starters is out at practice most days but isn’t participating yet, Bradham with a foot injury, Cox with a foot, Barnett with a shoulder and Darby with a knee.

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Eagles have intriguing depth at WR beyond Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor

Eagles have intriguing depth at WR beyond Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor

The Eagles have three pretty darn good wide receivers in Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor.

That’s probably the best three-deep depth chart the Eagles have ever had at receiver and no doubt one of the best in the NFL.

But they’ll keep at least five. Last year, they kept six — Jeffery, Agholor, Mike Wallace, Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson and DeAndre Carter. So there’ll be a tremendous amount of competition this summer, and it’s going to be fascinating to watch.

The Eagles will probably also draft a receiver, and that could come fairly early. With the draft a week and a half away, here’s a look at what the Eagles have beyond the Big Three.

2017 draft picks

Mack Hollins

Hollins, a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina, did some good things as a rookie, with 16 catches for 226 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown against the Redskins and some excellent work on special teams.

Hollins missed all of last year with a mysterious groin injury that wasn’t considered serious during the preseason, but he’s got great size at 6-4, 220, and got a lot of good experience as a rookie, so he’s probably most likely at this point to be the fourth wideout.

Shelton Gibson

A fifth-round pick out of West Virginia, Gibson has only three catches to show for two NFL seasons. It was kind of odd last year that he caught a 48-yarder against the Vikings, then got just 12 snaps on offense the rest of the year and was never targeted again.

Gibson also played less and less on special teams as last year went on, which isn’t a good sign. 

Futures contracts

Braxton Miller

A really intriguing prospect, and the Eagles seem to like the former Ohio State quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist who converted to wideout. Miller spent all last year on the practice squad, so the Eagles know how athletic he is. 

Miller caught 34 passes in two seasons with the Texans. He’s only 26, he’s played at the highest level in college, and he knows this offense now. Keep an eye on him in camp.

Carlton Agudosi

Agudosi, a former Rutgers receiver from Franklin Township High in Somerset County, New Jersey, split the 2017 season on the Cards’ active roster and practice squad but was out of football last year.

He didn’t play a lot in college, but at 6-6, 220, he’s got unusual size and that could get him a good look this summer.

Johnny Holton

Holton played at Cincinnati before bouncing on and off the Raiders’ active roster and practice squad as both a receiver and cornerback. 

Now 27, Holton has only 11 career catches but three of them have gone for 44 or more yards, all from Derek Carr in 2017. Interesting speed prospect.

Dorren Miller

Raw prospect who played at JUCO Georgia Military College and Division II Carson-Newman, Miller ran a 4.39 coming out of school, which opened a lot of eyes. 

He was in camp last year with the Jaguars and then spent all year on the practice squad. 

Marken Michel 

Michel was in camp with the Vikings in 2016 and then spent three seasons in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders, catching 72 passes for 1,215 yards and eight touchdowns.

His brother is Patriots running back Sony Michel.

AAF refugees

Greg Ward Jr.

Ward remains an intriguing prospect. Former Houston quarterback who led the Cougars to a Peach Bowl win over No. 9 Florida State, he’s three years into his conversion as a wide receiver.

Ward, still only 23, got a Super Bowl ring with the Eagles in 2017 as a member of the practice squad but was released after camp last year and didn’t get a job until the AAF came along. He caught 22 passes for 214 yards playing for the San Antonio Commanders before the league was disolved earlier this month.

Charles Johnson

CJ2 was a seventh-round pick of the Packers in 2013 and is 30 years old, so kind of unusual for a camp body. 

He bounced around with the Packers, Browns, Vikings, Panthers and Jets, piling up 60 catches for 834 yards and two TDs in three seasons in Minnesota.

Johnson spent this past winter with the Orlando Apollos of the AAF, where he caught 45 passes for 687 yards. In a game against the Commanders, he had seven catches for 192 yards and a touchdown from Apollos QB Garrett Gilbert.

Keep an eye on Johnson. The Eagles gave him a $25,000 workout bonus, which is a sign that they really wanted him.

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