The Philadelphia Eagles added rookie guard Jack Anderson to the 53-man roster on Tuesday (Sept. 21). They swiped the 2021 seventh-rounder off the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad. The move gives them offensive line depth with Brandon Brooks out.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder started 38 games at right guard in three seasons at Texas Tech. Anderson was a medical redshirt in 2019 after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, one that snapped a 26-consecutive start streak. He forego his last year of eligibility to declare for the 2021 NFL draft. Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline described Anderson as a “power gap blocker who can play multiple positions on the interior of the offensive line.” His versatility is key.
Anderson enjoyed a stellar preseason in Buffalo where he graded out as their best rookie (via Pro Football Focus). It wasn’t quite enough to crack the roster and now he’ll head to Philadelphia. Anderson landed on the Bills’ list of protected practice squad players for the first two games. He earned the nickname “Little Richie” for his similarity (physical appearance and style of play) to veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito.
“I’ve heard that a bunch throughout the process: ‘Little Richie,’” Anderson said, via Buffalo News. “He’s a guy I really look up to. We have the same agent, so I’m friends with him. Talk to him every once in a while, I FaceTimed with him a few weeks ago. I think that’s a good comparison, and I’m just so happy to be a Bill.”
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