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Eagles designate 4 practice squad protections ahead of Week 6


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The Philadelphia Eagles placed protections on the following four practice squad players to ensure that they can’t be poached away ahead of their Week 6 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: wide receiver John Hightower, tight end Noah Togiai, offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark, and safety Elijah Riley.


The Eagles haven’t given up on his long-term potential. Also makes sense to protect him considering they only have five receivers on the roster and just two on the PS after cutting Travis Fulgham.

Fulgham signed with the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad, by the way.


In case you missed it, the Eagles reacquired Togiai on Monday. He’s a strong contender to be elevated for Thursday’s game with Dallas Goedert going on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Togiai figures to be the third tight end behind Zach Ertz and Jack Stoll.


The Eagles used a COVID-19 elevation on Clark last week. They could look to have the veteran up again for this game as the swing tackle behind Andre Dillard and Jordan Mailata.


The Eagles have used a protection on Riley every week this season. They clearly like his potential and don’t want to lose him.

See below for a current look at the Eagles’ 2021 practice squad.

Format: Position, player, (times protected this season), [times elevated this season]*

*Not counting COVID-19 elevations.

S Elijah Riley (6)

WR John Hightower (4)

OT Le’Raven Clark (2)

TE Noah Togiai (1)

G/T Kayode Awosika (3)

CB Craig James (3)

RB Jordan Howard (2)

DT Marvin Wilson (2)

RB Jason Huntley

WR KeeSean Johnson

OT Casey Tucker

DE Cameron Malveaux

DT Raequan Williams

LB JaCoby Stevens

LB Christian Elliss

CB Michael Jacquet III

{DE Matt Leo — international exemption - doesn’t count towards limit}

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