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Eagles promote DT Raequan Williams from the practice squad; place LB Davion Taylor on Injured Reserve

The Eagles made a couple of roster moves involving rookies on Wednesday.

• Eagles promote DT Raequan Williams from the practice squad

Williams was called up twice from the practice squad this season for the games against the Cowboys and Packers. The rookie free agent out of Michigan State, Williams will serve as the fourth defensive tackle in the rotation behind Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, and Malik Jackson. The 6-4, 305-pound Williams played 38 snaps on defense and registered three tackles in those two contests.

• Eagles place linebacker Davion Taylor on Injured Reserve

The third-round pick out of Colorado suffered a knee injury on special teams during Sunday's game in Green Bay. While he played 32 snaps and made five tackles on defense in 12 games, Taylor was a key member of the special teams units, recording eight tackles in 177 snaps.

"I really admire him and got a lot of respect for him. He came in here, I think there was a lot of expectations on him and he wasn't playing a ton on the defensive side of the football, but he really embraced his role as a special teams player," Special Teams Coordinator Dave Fipp said. "He had a lot to learn even in that phase of the game and since the day he got here, he's done really nothing but work extremely hard. I wish everybody could see how hard he works. He comes in for extra time when the protocols allowed him to come. He'd come in meet one-on-one. He's one of the first guys, now we have to do a lot of it virtually, but he's one of the first guys to get online and go through the game with me virtually. He'll call me every evening after practice, and he has a couple questions for me.

"As the season has gone along, he ended up making more and more plays for us. I thought he could see the fruits of his labor really. But I think he's a really good story. He's a really good person who works really hard at it. This game is really important to him. I think it's well documented that he's behind the curve a little bit just in terms of number of reps playing football, but he's got a great skill set and a lot of ability. I really think he's got a tremendous amount of potential and his future is going to be really bright. Obviously, I was disappointed for him more than anybody that he got hurt and had the injury, but I look forward to what he'll do. I'm really excited about him."

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