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Eagles release tight end Alex Ellis who played in 3 games last year

Eagles release tight end Alex Ellis who played in 3 games last year

The Eagles on Friday afternoon released tight end Alex Ellis, who played in three games in two separate stints with the team last year.

Ellis played 62 special teams snaps and six snaps on offense last year. He had no receptions.

The Eagles needed the roster spot to make room for offensive lineman Jason Peters, who they re-signed earlier this week. 

Ellis initially joined the Eagles on Aug. 4, on the same day the team signed Jonathan Cyprien. He was waived on Aug. 31 with final cuts and signed to the practice squad the next day.

On Sept. 6, he was promoted to the 53-man roster and played in the opener against the Redskins. He was released the next day and re-signed to the practice squad before re-signing to the active roster a week later.

He played against the Lions and Packers but was waived/injured. On Dec. 16 he returned to the practice squad for the duration of the season. After the season ended, he was among the eight players the Eagles signed to futures deals.

Ellis, 27, played collegiately at Tennessee. He has three career receptions, all from Blake Bortles in Jacksonville in 2016.

With Ellis no longer on the roster, the Eagles currently have four tight ends on the roster — Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Josh Perkins along with rookie Noah Togiai, an undrafted free agent from Oregon State.

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How the NFL will handle roster spots if a player is diagnosed with COVID-19: report

How the NFL will handle roster spots if a player is diagnosed with COVID-19: report

NFL owners are meeting Friday to discuss a range of yet-to-be-finalized aspects of the 2020 season, including training camp dates, the viability of the preseason, and safety measures for a successful regular season.

Among those topics includes how the league will handle the roster implications of players who test positive for COVID-19. Between the 53-man active roster and the teams' respective practice squads, many have wondered whether the league will expand the number of players available to teams amid the ongoing pandemic.

According to a report from Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, it sounds like the leauge has a plan in place.

Here's the current plan, per Florio:

Per a league source, the league intends to change the injured reserve rules to create a COVID-19 classification. Players who test positive will be placed on the COVID-19 list for three weeks, creating a roster spot that would then be filled with a player who is negative for the virus.

The players on the COVID-19 list would be paid their normal salaries.

It’s unclear what will happen if a player on the COVID-19 list can't return after three weeks, at which time he will be eligible to return to practice. He must be returned to the active roster within three weeks after that, or he will revert to IR (absent an injury settlement).

The CDC recommends self-quarantining for 14 days if you come into contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. The NFL's reported three-week period, then, adds in some extra time on each side. 

Earlier this offseason, there was speculation about expanding practice squads from 10 players to 12 players in order to allow for replacement players.

There was also discussion, started by Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, about quarantining a quarterback away from the rest of the team, in case of a team-wide outbreak.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson discussed the viability of a QB quarantine back in June:

Obviously there are a lot of ways to go about things, and that's one way to do it. If you do it with the quarterback position, do you do it with a receiver, do you do it with a defensive back, something like that. But these are all things that right now, between now and the time we play are really — or I should say the time we get back to training camp, are the scenarios that we need to as a staff think through and the possibilities. 

But that is definitely something to consider as you move forward to protect the quarterback position, but at the same time you have to think about the entire roster, as well.

We'll see what happens.

The Eagles are expected to report to training camp July 28, and begin the regular season Sept. 13.

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Eagles finally release Mack Hollins

Eagles finally release Mack Hollins

Mack Hollins, who hasn’t had a catch since September, won’t even have an opportunity anymore. 

The Eagles on Tuesday afternoon waived the 2017 fourth-round pick. 

Hollins, 26, was actually contributing earlier this season, but his last catch came on Sept. 26 against the Packers. Since then, Hollins played 204 snaps in eight games without a catch on five targets. 

To fill Hollins’ place on the roster, the Eagles called up undrafted guard Sue Opeta from the practice squad. The Eagles wanted to sign Opeta to the active roster after another team wanted to sign him away. (The Eagles also signed DT Kevin Wilkins to fill Opeta’s practice squad spot.) 

And recently, Hollins’ role on offense had rightfully decreased. 

What made Hollins’ lack of production so frustrating this year was the Eagles’ refusal to even acknowledge that it was a problem. 

Here’s what receivers coach Carson Walch said about Hollins in early November after five straight games without a catch: 

I don’t think there’s a direct reason. I know production is a word that’s getting thrown around a lot. Production as a player to me isn’t just how many catches you have in a given week. Each guy on our team has a role and right now Mack Hollins has done a very good job at his role, and a lot of it is blocking, but he’s running all the routes we’re asking him to run, he’s getting to his depth and when the ball comes to Mack he’ll make a play for us.

Yeah, that was pretty infuriating for Eagles fans. 

In recent weeks, the Eagles began limiting Hollins’ playing time. He played 12 snaps against the Patriots and just 10 in the last two weeks. The Eagles have finally started to play second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside more.

 

With Hollins gone, the Eagles have four members left of their eight-man draft class from 2017: Derek Barnett, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas and Nathan Gerry. 

While Barnett is a starter and Gerry is a prominent role player, Jones has been a healthy scratch and Douglas has become a backup again. 

The Hollins move means the Eagles have now cut him and Jordan Matthews in consecutive weeks. These two guys played big roles for the Eagles at times this year, which highlights how bad things have been at the receiver position. 

Hollins actually had a somewhat promising rookie season (16 catches for 226 yards and a touchdown) before missing the entire 2018 year. He returned in 2019 and found his way on the field but wasn’t able to stick. 

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