Shelton Gibson

After a year without playing a game, Shelton Gibson ready for playoffs

After a year without playing a game, Shelton Gibson ready for playoffs

Shelton Gibson was literally sitting on his couch when the Eagles called this week. 

The same Eagles drafted him in the fifth round out of West Virginia in 2017. The same Eagles played him in 25 regular season and playoff games in his first two seasons. The same Eagles waived him in August. 

Gibson, 24, spent the entire 2019 season on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad. He thought his entire third NFL season had come and gone without any game action. 

And now he’s going to suit up in Sunday’s playoff game at the Linc. 

“It’s super exciting,” Gibson said. “The whole year on the practice squad … I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s amazing.” 

While Gibson will offer depth at the receiver position, where the Eagles have been decimated by injuries and now have a rookie and three former practice squad members, his main role will be on special teams. During his time in Philly, he excelled as a gunner on the punt team. The Eagles used one of their open roster spots thank to injury to solidify the special teams unit. 

Gibson this week wasn’t much interesting in talking about his year in Cleveland. He just said it’s a blessing to be back and that he’s a different guy now than when he left and it has more to do with just the number chance from 18 to 83. 

“I take the game way, way, way more serious just because being on the practice squad the whole year, it’s a different perspective not playing on Sundays,” he said. “I haven’t played since the Saints last year, the playoff game. Gotta switch it. Gotta switch it from a practice squad mentality to a game mentality.”

During the first two years of his career, Gibson didn’t have much of an impact offensively. He has a total of three catches for 59 yards. Last season, he had a 48-yarder that was his only reception in 15 games. 

But Gibson was able to carve out a role on special teams. In 2018, he played 151 special teams snaps in the regular season (35 percent) and another 10 in the playoffs. 

Thanks to an ankle injury in the summer, Gibson didn’t play in the Eagles’ first preseason game and he was waived a few days later. He didn’t get to Cleveland until September. So the last game Gibson played was the divisional round loss to the Saints last year. 

It’s been nearly a full calendar year since Gibson has been in a football game. And how he’s heading back to the playoffs. 

“It’s a big blessing,” he said.

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Eagles bring back receiver Shelton Gibson, put Brandon Brooks on IR

Eagles bring back receiver Shelton Gibson, put Brandon Brooks on IR

The Eagles brought back speedy but unproductive wide receiver Shelton Gibson Wednesday, adding him to the 53-man roster and placing Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks on Injured Reserve.

Gibson, the Eagles’ 5th-round pick out of West Virginia in 2017, spent this past season on the Browns’ practice squad.

Gibson will likely have a role as a gunner on the punt team and offer depth at receiver. He performed well as a gunner last season. 

The Eagles now have five wide receivers on the 53-man roster and four of them have been on a practice squad this year.

Gibson spent 2017 and 2018 with the Eagles, catching three passes for 59 yards in 20 games. His only catch last year was a 48-yarder from Carson Wentz against the Vikings.

Brooks suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during the Eagles’ playoff-clinching win over the Giants Sunday.

With DeSean Jackson not eligible to return until next week, Alshon Jeffery on Injured Reserve and Nelson Agholor out with a knee injury, the Eagles have second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, Robert Davis, Deontay Burnett and now Gibson on the roster at wide receiver. All but Arcega-Whiteside have been on a practice squad this year.

The Eagles also signed offensive tackle Dieugot Joseph to the practice squad and released linebacker Deshaun Davis from the practice squad. 

Joseph, undrafted out of Florida International in 2017, has had stints with the Bears, Ravens, Vikings, Jets and Falcons. He’s never played in a regular-season NFL game.

The Eagles just signed Davis to the practice squad two weeks ago.

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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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