- RB Elijah Holyfield was elevated from the practice squad.
- TE Caleb Wilson, DE Joe Ostman, DT T.Y. McGill were elevated from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements. (Doesn’t count against the normal two elevations per season limit.)
Let’s sort through this on a player-by-player basis.
Holyfield did some nice things in training camp this summer, which had him on the bubble for 53-man roster projections. The Eagles waived him, though, and decided to claim Jason Huntley off waivers to be their fourth running back instead. With Corey Clement on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Holyfield now figures to replace his role on offense and special teams. Holyfield is the Eagles’ most physical backfield option for Sunday’s game. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles a few touches, assuming the Eagles trust him with them.
The Eagles elevating Wilson confirms that Zach Ertz will miss the Browns game, as expected. Wilson will be the third tight end behind Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers. Wilson only played on special teams after being elevated last week.
Exciting to see that Ostman is finally going to be active for his first regular season NFL game! Ostman was having a good training camp before suffering an ACL tear in August 2019. The 2018 undrafted rookie free agent signing also had a good camp this year but the Eagles inexplicably kept Genard Avery on the roster over him. With Vinny Curry set to miss this week’s game due to being on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Ostman will be the fourth defensive end behind Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Josh Sweat. Ostman can also help contribute on special teams. Looking forward to seeing what he can do with his opportunity.
Elevating McGill gives the Eagles a fourth defensive tackle behind Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, and Malik Jackson. Veteran depth.
The Eagles also noted that director of player personnel/senior defensive assistant Jeremiah Washburn will not be attending Sunday’s game. They previously announced that passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Press Taylor and wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead would be missing due to COVID-19 cautions.
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On the opponent’s side, the Browns officially activated starting right tackle Jack Conklin and kicker Cody Parkey from the reserve/COVID-19 list. They’ll have both players for Sunday’s game.