Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Eagles give up on Jarrett, add WR depth

(The Phanatic Magazine) - Jeremy Maclin's hip injury in the season opener had wide ranging implications. 

The veteran receiver suffered a hip flexor strain and a hip pointer against the Browns on Monday and his availability for Baltimore on Sunday is in question. With Riley Cooper already on the shelf with a fractured collarbone, the Eagles were forced to make a move on Tuesday and brought back receiver Mardy Gilyard.

To make room for the University of Cincinnati product on the roster the Eagles officially gave up on former Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett.

Jarrett made the short move down Broad Street as the 54th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Most thought Philadelphia reached a bit for Jarrett but the Eagles raved about his intimidating presence as a hitter, something which never surfaced during his short time in the organization. 

Gilyard (6-foot-1, 187) spent the 2012 offseason with the Eagles after signing with the team in January, but was released as part of the team’s final roster cut down. He accumulated nine receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns in preseason action.

Originally a fourth round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2010, Gilyard played in 11 games as a rookie, recording six receptions for 63 yards. He was a two-year starter at Cincinnati, where he finished his career with 204 receptions for 3,003 yards and 25 touchdowns.

The Eagles also also signed tight end Derek Carrier to the practice squad and released tight end Chase Ford from the practice squad.

Carrier (6-foot-4, 238) originally signed with the Oakland Raiders as a rookie free agent following the 2012 draft after playing collegiately at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he set school records with 189 receptions for 3,111 yards and 29 touchdowns.

He was released as part of the Raiders final roster cut down. Carrier also played two years of basketball at Beloit, starting 21 games and averaging 8.3 points per game. He attended Edgerton High School in Wisconsin.

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