New this NFL season, 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 4: wide receiver Deontay Burnett, wide receiver Travis Fulgham, running back Adrian Killins, and center Luke Juriga.
This week marks the fourth time the Eagles have protected Burnett. If I’m not mistaken, this is the last time they can use this designation on him. The Eagles elevated Burnett to the 55-man roster in Week 3 and the training camp standout logged three receptions for 19 yards. They might opt to elevate him again this week given how injured they are at the receiver position.
The Eagles added Fulgham mid-way through training camp and he did some nice things in a small sample size. With the Eagles being so banged up at receiver, they’re looking to protect their depth options.
Interesting to see Killins receive a protection for the first time this season. The Eagles have kept Jason Huntley as a healthy scratch over the past two weeks. Corey Clement has also failed to stand out. Could this protection be a sign that Killins will get a look on the roster down the road?
Protecting Juriga makes sense after losing Isaac Seumalo to injured reserve. The undrafted rookie free agent blocker gives the Eagles more depth behind Jason Kelce.
The Eagles notably did not protect Grayland Arnold after doing so last week and elevating him to the game day roster.
See below for a current look at the Eagles’ 2020 practice squad.
RB Adrian Killins (protected) [1/4 protections used]
WR Deontay Burnett (protected) [4/4]
WR Travis Fulgham (protected) [1/4]
C Luke Juriga (protected) [2/4]
QB Josh McCown
RB Elijah Holyfield
WR Marcus Green
TE Caleb Wilson
TE Jason Croom
OT Prince Tega Wanogho
DE Joe Ostman [2/4]
DT Raequan Williams
DT T.Y. McGill [2/4]
CB Michael Jacquet
S Grayland Arnold [1/4]
S Elijah Riley
DE Matt Leo (international spot - doesn’t count towards limit)