The Philadelphia Eagles elevated veteran practice squad cornerback Trevor Williams to the active roster ahead of the team’s Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Rams, according to an official announcement.
This promotion was expected. With Craig James going on injured reserve, the Eagles were down to just four cornerbacks on the 53: Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Cre’Von LeBlanc. Elevating Williams gives Philly a fifth body at the position.
The Eagles originally signed Williams to a reserve/future contract back in January. He remained with the team until they cut him shortly before the start of training camp. The Eagles then brought him back in late August. He was released again ahead of final cuts but added back to the practice squad.
Williams, who recently turned 27, hasn’t seen extensive action in an NFL game since 2018. But the Penn State alumnus does have 27 starts in 39 career appearances under his belt. Not a bad quality for a backup to have. Ideally, though, the Eagles will only have Williams contributing on special teams.
As a reminder, the Eagles didn’t need to open up a roster spot for this promotion due to the NFL’s new 55-player capacity for game day. Williams will automatically return to the practice squad after Sunday’s game.