Philadelphia Eagles: Getting Down to 53 on Cut Day

Bill RiccetteCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2012

December 18, 2011; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson (21) celebrates his fumble recovery against the New York Jets during the game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won 45-19. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Cut day is never easy for any team, but it is something all teams must go through, and today is that day for the Philadelphia Eagles and the 31 other teams in the NFL. Here's a quick look at who has been cut thus far.

Joselio Hanson is arguably the biggest name cut by the Eagles, so far. Hanson has served as the Eagles' nickel corner for six seasons. He was already paid his bonus and looks to have been beaten out by Brandon Boykin for the No. 4 CB job.

OJ Atogwe could never shake the injury bug, so he has been released, leaving Jaiquawn Jarrett and Colt Anderson as the only safeties behind Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, and Anderson is a PUP candidate. Look for the Eagles to sign a safety this weekend.

Brett Brackett and Chase Ford have both been cut, meaning the Eagles are sticking with just two tight ends, Brent Celek and Clay Harbor.

Long shots Mardy Gilyard and Chad Hall have both been released, as was sixth-rounder Marvin McNutt. The Eagles will roll with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper and Damaris Johnson. McNutt and Hall are practice squad candidates.

Keenan Clayton fell victim to the numbers game at linebacker. A former fourth-round pick, Clayton was just a special-teamer recently. Ryan Rau and Adrien Moten also have been released.

Stanley Havili wins the fullback job. Emil Igwenagu has been released.

Three offensive linemen released: Steve Vallos, D.J. Jones and sixth-round pick Brandon Washington.

With defensive tackle being so deep, Landon Cohen, Ollie Ogbu, Monte Taylor and Frank Trotter were all cut.


And backup safety Philip Thomas was released.

The Eagles' roster stands at 56. Three more cuts must be made. It's starting to look good for Chris Polk, Darryl Tapp, Anthony Dixon and Cedric Thornton.

Mat McBriar has not officially been released, so that leaves 55. You can assume one quarterback (possibly Kafka) will be cut, leaving 54. And if Colt Anderson does get placed on the PUP, that brings you to 53.

This is very good news in that all these great defensive linemen will get to stick around, as well as all four running backs. Stay tuned to see which three players are the last to go today.

Update: After not drawing any interest from other teams, the Eagles have released QB Mike Kafka.

Update No. 2: Colt Anderson will be activated from the PUP list.

Update No. 3: The final cut is DT Antonio Dixon. The roster now sits at 53 players.