The Philadelphia Eagles officially elevated practice squad wide receiver Deontay Burnett and practice squad safety Grayland Arnold to their 55-man roster ahead of the team’s Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
These moves weren’t unexpected.
Elevating Burnett gives the Eagles a fifth receiver behind the quartet of DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, and John Hightower. Burnett had a really nice training camp and deserved to make the roster. I’d honestly look to get him involved on offense; he catches everything thrown his way.
Elevating Arnold gives the Eagles a fifth safety behind the quartet of Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills, Marcus Epps, and K’Von Wallace. Arnold, an undrafted rookie free agent signing, also had a good camp but the Eagles notably opted to keep Epps and the now-injured Rudy Ford over him.
Note that Burnett and Arnold will not be subject to waivers and will instead simply return to the Eagles’ practice squad after Sunday’s game.
The Eagles opting to not elevate veteran defensive tackle T.Y. McGill from the practice squad could be a sign that Fletcher Cox will be able to play this week. Otherwise, the Eagles will be down to just three bodies at that position: Malik Jackson, Javon Hargrave, and Hassan Ridgeway.
There was also thought that the Eagles might elevate Luke Juriga after using a protection on him for the first time this season. His presence would give the Eagles more depth at center, which is lacking with Isaac Seumalo being placed on injured reserve. If something happens to Jason Kelce, the Eagles might have to use either Nate Herbig or Sua Opeta at center.