Aiken was released by the Eagles on Friday. Aiken saw a fair amount of snaps in Week 1 and recorded five receptions for 39 yards, but had only one catch in the five games since. The addition of veteran Jordan Matthews to the roster in Week 3 and the return of Alshon Jeffery from shoulder surgery a week after that effectively resulted in Aiken being phased out of the Eagles' offensive game plans. With Aiken now out of the picture, Shelton Gibson and DeAndre Carter are solidified as the lone depth options behind the starting triumvirate of Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Matthews.
Aiken made one 14-yard catch in Sunday's 26-23 loss to Tennessee. On the bright side, at least Aiken made it into the box score this week after being shut out in Week 3. However, with the return of Alshon Jeffery, the 29-year-old was on the field for just nine snaps and was flagged for a third-quarter holding penalty on one of them. With Jordan Matthews having vaulted up the depth chart in the short time since his signing, an injury will likely have to befall the Eagles' receiving corps before the Central Florida product sees a meaningful amount of playing time again.
Aiken played 45 offensive snaps (55 percent) in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Colts but was not targeted in the passing game. Seven other Eagles saw multiple targets on the day, leaving Aiken out entirely despite his ranking fourth among skill players in snaps. While it is certainly discouraging he didn't see any looks in Carson Wentz's return, the fact that the 29-year-old was on the field so much would indicate he'll probably get a few more chances if Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is still out Week 4 at Tennessee.
Aiken signed a contract with the Eagles on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports. Aiken spent the preseason with the Eagles but was released during roster cut-downs. Don't expect the veteran to see much action on offense as he will likely serve more of a depth role.
Aiken (hamstring) was released by the Eagles without an injury designation Monday. Since Aiken is healthy, he'll be free to sign with another team at any time. His most likely destination would be a practice squad.
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