The Philadelphia Eagles officially made their final roster cuts today in their quest to get the team down to 53 players by the 7 p.m. deadline time.
A total of 19 players were handed their release papers, including some that may come as a surprise to many fans. Eight of those are eligible for the practice squad but the remaining 11—plus players that were released earlier in the summer —will have to find jobs elsewhere around the National Football League.
The Eagles have a strong core heading into the 2012 season, as they return key playmakers in Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Trent Cole, and Nnamdi Asomugha, all of which will play a pivotal role in the Eagles’ hunt for their first Super Bowl championship under Andy Reid. Yet it may actually come down to the backups and the role players to make the difference for the Eagles.
After all, the 2011 New York Giants probably wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without a tremendous catch by third receiver Mario Manningham, and the New England Patriots wouldn’t have even gotten to the Super Bowl without a terrific defensive play by undrafted free agent Sterling Moore.
That’s why it’s so important that the Eagles make the right move when it comes to their final 53 players, and when these backups are forced into action, that will be the truest test of all.