The Eagles on Thursday promoted veteran cornerback Trevor Williams from the practice squad to their active roster.
Williams, 27, has significant NFL experience. He has played in 40 career games with 27 starts. Those 27 starts came from 2016-18 with the Chargers.
He got to career game No. 40 last week, when he was elevated for the Eagles for Sunday’s game against the Rams. Not only is Williams the fifth cornerback on the roster but he appears to be the top backup at outside corner.
On Sunday, when Darius Slay knocked the wind out of himself on a long, touchdown-saving tackle, it was Williams who came in the game for the next two snaps.
The promotion of Williams comes with Craig James on Injured Reserve with a thigh injury. James got hurt in Week 1 and was put on IR. He’s eligible to return after three weeks but that would be on the short end of his recovery timeline. So Williams, a Penn State product, might be around for a little while.
The fact that the Eagles didn’t make Williams one of their four protected practice squad players earlier this week now makes more sense. He was going to get a call-up from the practice squad.
The Eagles on Thursday morning also immediately filled Williams’ practice squad spot by signing wide receiver Marcus Green for another stint. Green joined the practice squad last year and has been bouncing on and off the Eagles training camp roster and practice squad ever since.
Green is now one of three receivers on the practice squad. He joins Deontay Burnett and Travis Fulgham. With the injury to Jalen Reagor, it’s likely one of them gets elevated for Sunday’s game. The most likely is Burnett.