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Howie Roseman denies reports of Derrius Guice altercation with Eagles

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Howie Roseman denies reports of Derrius Guice altercation with Eagles

Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman on Saturday vehemently denied reports there was some sort of altercation — verbal or physical — between the Eagles and prospect Derrius Guice during his pre-draft visit to the NovaCare Complex. 

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported there was a “shouting match” between Guice and the Eagles and said a person involved called it the worst pre-draft interview he's ever seen. Guice has denied the report too. 

“There was no altercation here in this building that any of us are aware of,” Roseman said Saturday. “I don’t know where that report came from. I can speak for everyone in here that nothing like that happened here in Philadelphia.”

Did something happen somewhere else? 

“There was no altercation,” Roseman repeated. “When you hear the word altercations, it’s like fisticuffs or something or yelling and screaming. I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a room where a player has yelled at anyone.” 

Vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and head coach Doug Pederson also said nothing happened. 

The Eagles were clearly interested in Guice at some level but drafted tight end Dallas Goedert with the No. 49 pick in the draft. Ten picks later, Guice ended up going to division-rival Washington at pick No. 59. 

"A lot of things came out of nowhere and weren't true, and I just didn't understand 'Why me?'" Guice said Friday night, via NBC Sports Washington. "I'm just thankful that this whole process is over with, that an organization believed in me and trusted in me. I'm just ready to get to work."

Eagles sign former Giants tight end Will Tye to practice squad

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Eagles sign former Giants tight end Will Tye to practice squad

The practice squad is generally reserved for unknown rookies off the street, free agent castoffs and guys trying to stick around for one last shot at the NFL.

Will Tye is unusually accomplished for the practice squad, but that’s where he finds himself after the Eagles signed him Tuesday.

Tye caught 90 passes for 859 yards and four touchdowns with the Giants in 2015 and 2016. He had the 16th-most receptions by a tight end during that two-year span, just seven fewer than Rob Gronkowski.

The Giants released him in September 2017, and he caught four passes for 38 yards in three games with the Jets in 2017 before being released. He spent the rest of the year on the Patriots’ practice squad and has been out of football since the Patriots released him in September.

The Eagles flip-flopped practice squad tight ends Tuesday, signing Tye and releasing Billy Brown.

NFL teams are allowed to keep up to four players on the practice squad who have two years of service. The four others cannot have played more than six career games.

Because Tye did not earn a third year of service credit for his brief stay with the Jets last year, he’s still eligible for the practice squad.

Tye, who turned 27 last week, played college football at Florida State before graduating from SUNY Stony Brook. He signed with the Giants in 2015 as an undrafted free agent.

The Eagles have Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Josh Perkins on the active roster and designated Richard Rodgers to return from injured reserve, so Tye is now the fifth tight end on the roster.

Tye caught 16 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown in four games against the Eagles. That’s his most career catches and yards against any team.

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Eagles TE Richard Rodgers designated to return from IR

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Eagles TE Richard Rodgers designated to return from IR

The Eagles have designated tight end Richard Rodgers to return from injured reserve, which means they have just one more designated return to go.

Rodgers (knee) has been cleared to practice and will begin a 21-day practice period during which he won’t count against the active roster. After those 21 days, the Eagles must add Rodgers to the 53-man roster or send him to the IR for the rest of the year. Unless there’s a setback, he’ll be back on the roster.

Perhaps more importantly, though, is that this leaves the Eagles just one more spot for either Mack Hollins or Mike Wallace to return from IR. Those were the three candidates.

We now know only one of those two receivers will be able to return this season.

Because of that, it’s a little surprising that Rodgers has been designated for return. Perhaps the Eagles know something about one of the remaining two the rest of us don’t.

Hollins has missed all season with a groin injury, while Wallace fractured his fibula the second week of the season. Just last week, Wallace was seen in the locker room with a boot still on his foot.

Rodgers hurt his knee in the preseason game against New England and was placed on IR Sept. 4. He has been working on a side field with trainers during recent practices.

The way the rule works is that the Eagles don’t have to designate which players will return when they go on IR. That changed a few years ago. Now, they designate them when they’re close to returning.

Some folks have asked about Tim Jernigan, but he’s not on injured reserve. Jernigan is on the Non-football Injury list, so when he returns to the 53-man roster, he won’t take up one of these two spots. His 21-day practice window is already underway.

In other tight end news, the Eagles signed TE Will Tye to their practice squad and released TE Billy Brown from the practice squad.

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