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Eagles designate 4 practice squad protections ahead of Week 7


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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 7 game against the Las Vegas Raiders: tight end Noah Togiai, wide receiver John Hightower, offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark, and safety Elijah Riley.


The Eagles currently only have one tight end on the 53-man roster: Jack Stoll. The team traded Zach Ertz late last week and Dallas Goedert is on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Protecting Togiai secures their tight end depth. Assuming Goedert is activated to the roster, Togiai might be elevated as a third option behind Goedert and Stoll. The Eagles can burn two elevations on Togiai before Tyree Jackson is potentially able to come off injured reserve before the end of the month or early in November.


The Eagles like something about Hightower’s potential to keep protecting him.


The Eagles don’t need Clark as much with Lane Johnson seemingly returning to the lineup this week. But it doesn’t hurt to make sure he’s not going anywhere.


Riley has been protected every single week this season. The Eagles must like his potential and the depth he provides at safety and special teams.

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 (7)

WR John Hightower (5)

OT Le’Raven Clark (3)

G/T Kayode Awosika (3)

CB Craig James (3)

TE Noah Togiai (2)

RB Jordan Howard (2)

DT Marvin Wilson (2)

RB Jason Huntley

WR KeeSean Johnson

WR Deon Cain

OT Casey Tucker

DE Cameron Malveaux

DT Raequan Williams

LB JaCoby Stevens

CB Michael Jacquet III

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

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