Eagles Announce Three Practice Squad Protections for Week 11
On Tuesday, the Eagles protected defensive back Grayland Arnold, defensive tackle Raequan Williams, and tight end Caleb Wilson ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Cleveland Browns.
Since Arnold was already elevated to the gameday roster twice this season, he isn't eligible for the promotion. For Arnold to revert to the 53-man roster, he must sign an active roster contract. The undrafted rookie has played 43 special teams snaps.
This move was likely made to ensure Arnold remains in the fold, as the team probably envisions the versatile defensive back as a future contributor following a full offseason.
It appears that Williams will serve as the team's No. 4 defensive tackle this week.
The Michigan State product made his NFL debut in Week 8 against Dallas, yielding 16 defensive snaps and four special teams snaps. The protection not only prohibits other teams from poaching Williams, an intriguing developmental prospect, but it gives the Eagles additional versatility along the interior. Williams registered five sacks and seven tackles for loss last season for the Spartans.
This designation marks the second consecutive week the team has opted to protect Wilson, who was ultimately elevated to the gameday roster against the Giants. The 2019 seventh-round pick played behind Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers on Sunday and played seven special teams snaps.
The Eagles activated tight end Zach Ertz's 21-day practice window on Monday but now have a depth plan in place if their Pro Bowl tight end is unavailable.