The Buffalo Bills added protection to practice team guard Jack Anderson, whom they drafted in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL draft, last week. Because he was given protection, he couldn’t be signed by another team until after Week 2’s game.
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! However, protections aren’t in place indefinitely, and there’s a small window each week for outside opportunities to present themselves. Even with the protected spots, no players are protected on Monday or Tuesday before the deadline, so practice squad players still have opportunities to sign elsewhere.
The Texas Tech alum is no longer with us. Anderson’s agent, Ken Sarnoff, announced on Twitter on September 21 that his client would be leaving the Bills practice squad to join the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s difficult not to consider this a major setback for the Bills, whose offensive line continues to struggle. Despite being a seventh-round pick, Anderson was the Bills’ top-rated rookie during the preseason, according to Pro Football Focus. Anderson was never activated to Buffalo’s main roster, but he is expected to start on the Eagles’ 53-man roster.
Anderson was most likely drafted to replace injured Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks, who suffered a pectoral injury against the San Francisco 49ers. According to NBC Sports, while head coach Nick Sirianni said Brooks was headed to injured reserve, he is expected to return before the season ends.
In his first game with the Eagles, the Frisco, Texas native should feel right at home. On Monday Night Football in Week 3, the Philadelphia Eagles travel to Texas to face their NFC East division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.
Anderson Earned a Starting Spot by Getting Comfortable in Multiple Positions
Anderson, 22, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 314 pounds, made it clear he’s ready to step in whenever the team needs him. During rookie minicamp, Anderson said, “It’s definitely something I pride myself on, being competitive and going out there and preparing myself like I’m the starter.” “That’s something I’m looking forward to, the chance to just go out there and earn my spot.” ” Offensive line coach Bobby Johnson also encouraged the Texas Tech alum to get comfortable in a variety of positions. “That’s something he stresses a lot; we only travel a certain number of people, and you have to be able to play all three inside,” Anderson continued. “So that’s something I’m putting a lot of effort into right now, getting comfortable at center and left guard.” “I’m really comfortable at right guard,” he said, referring to his starting position in college. According to PhiladelphiaEagles.com, Anderson started all 38 games he played for the Red Raiders while at Texas Tech. Anderson was named team captain last season, as well as first-team All-Big 12 and two-time first-team All-Big 12 Academic honors. While Anderson is with the Eagles, the Bills will look to keep the momentum going as they take on Philadelphia’s other NFC East rival, the Washington Football Team, in Week 3.