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Eagles wide receiver won’t travel to Packers game because of illness

PennLive.com logo PennLive.com 12/5/2020 Daniel Gallen, pennlive.com

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins did not travel to Green Bay and is out for Sunday’s game against the Packers because of an illness, the team announced Saturday afternoon.

Watkins, 21, was not listed on the Eagles injury report at any point this week.

Watkins has appeared in only two games this season, and he has not played in a game since Oct. 18. He missed the first four games of the season while he was on injured reserve. He made his NFL debut in the loss at the Steelers in Week 5 and played five snaps.

The next week, he played 15 snaps in the loss to the Ravens in Week 6. He did not record a catch in either game, but he drew a pass interference penalty against the Steelers.

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Watkins has been a healthy scratch for four of the past five games, and he did not play in the win over the Cowboys in Week 8 despite being active.

Watkins has been a victim of the numbers crunch at wide receiver, especially after first-round pick Jalen Reagor and veteran Alshon Jeffery returned from injuries.

The Eagles drafted Watkins out of Southern Miss with the No. 200 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He caught 159 passes for 2,404 yards and 17 touchdowns in 35 college games. He was part of the wide receiver overhaul on the Eagles roster that focused on speed. Watkins ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds at the 2020 NFL Combine.

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On Friday, wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead discussed Watkins’ status at the bottom of the depth chart.

“I told Quez a few weeks ago when some of the COVID stuff was going on, I just said, ‘Hey look there’s a chance you’re going to have to play,’ and he was on it,” Moorehead said. “He was on top of his details, so he’s doing the things off the field that he’s supposed to do. And I have a lot of faith in Quez that if Quez needed to go out on Sunday that he would do a great job, but for right now he’s got to continue to do what he’s doing in his role on our team right now, which is to be on the scout team this week against Green Bay.”

The Eagles previously ruled out safety Rudy Ford (hamstring) for Sunday’s game, while cornerback Darius Slay (calf) is questionable.

The Eagles elevated running back Jordan Howard and defensive tackle Raequan Williams from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.

The Eagles and Packers are scheduled to kick off at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Lambeau Field.

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Daniel Gallen covers the Philadelphia Eagles for PennLive. He can be reached at dgallen@pennlive.com. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Follow PennLive’s Philadelphia Eagles coverage on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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