New this season, NFL teams are now permitted to protect four of their 16 practice squad members from being poached by other clubs on a weekly basis.
The Philadelphia Eagles designated the following four players ahead of Week 2: wide receiver Deontay Burnett, defensive end Joe Ostman, defensive tackle T.Y. McGill, and cornerback Trevor Williams.
The Eagles previously protected Burnett, Ostman, Williams, and Sua Opeta ahead of Week 1. They signed Opeta to the 53-man roster earlier on Tuesday.
McGill is the new guy to get a protection and that makes sense since the Eagles promoted him and Opeta to the 55-man roster for Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team. McGill was the fourth defensive tackle since Javon Hargrave was out due to injury. It looks like Hargave might also miss Week 2 so McGill could get called up again.
Ostman is another call up candidate with the Eagles banged up at defensive end. The team placed Vinny Curry on injured reserve, Brandon Graham is dealing with a concussion, and Derek Barnett is still recovering from an ankle issue.
Williams is yet another call up candidate (though, to be clear, the Eagles can only pick two promotions) since the Eagles are down to four healthy cornerbacks: Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Cre’Von LeBlanc.
See below for a current look at the Eagles’ 2020 practice squad.
WR Deontay Burnett (protected)
DE Joe Ostman (protected)
DT T.Y. McGill (protected)
CB Trevor Williams (protected)
QB Josh McCown
RB Elijah Holyfield
RB Adrian Killins
WR Travis Fulgham
TE Caleb Wilson
TE Jordan Franks
OT Prince Tega Wanogho
C Luke Juriga
DT Raequan Williams
S Grayland Arnold
S Elijah Riley
DE Matt Leo (international spot - doesn’t count towards limit)
Former Eagles players receiving practice squad protections on other teams include:
DT Bruce Hector (Carolina Panthers)
RB Josh Adams (New York Jets)
S Jeremy Reaves (Washington Football Team)