In a matter of a week, the Philadelphia Eagles had to trim their active roster by over 40 percent, from 90 to 53. The majority of those moves can be made at the end of the week, with a Saturday deadline looming.
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The Eagles cut the roster down to 53 before Saturday's deadline. The result: only three active outside linebackers with one week to go before the regular season gets underway.
Somewhat surprisingly, Kurt Coleman, Casey Matthews, Matt Tobin, Jeff Maehl, Curtis Marsh and Jordan Poyer are still employed.
A look at the final cuts:
- Everette Brown, LB
- Antonio Dixon, DT
- Dennis Dixon, QB
- David King, DE
- G.J. Kinne, QB
- Matt Kopa, OL
- Trevard Lindley, CB (waived with injury settlement)
- Ifeanyi Momah, WR
- Will Murphy, WR
- Dallas Reynolds, OL
- Adrian Robinson, LB
- Matt Tennant, OL
- David Sims, S
- Michael Bamiro, OL
- Danny Watkins, OL
- Russell Sheppard, WR
- Matthew Tucker, RB
- Travis Long, LB
- Chris McCoy, LB
- Greg Salas, WR
- Clay Harbor, TE
The Watkins release isn't surprising, but it is big news because he was a first-round pick only two years ago. Chip Kelly had no allegiance to him, though, and he was never someone who could be relied on while with the Eagles.
The Eagles started building their practice squad soon after the final roster was locked in over the weekend. Here are the eight members of the crew, according to PhillyMag.com:
Greg Salas, WR: He jumps onto the practice squad after a solid preseason performance. It's his last year of eligibility, but he's probably first in line if someone else goes down in that receiving corps. I expect to see him this season.
Matthew Tucker, RB: He displayed some nice versatility as a back this preseason, but there was no room for an undrafted free agent who averaged just 3.6 yards per carry.
Michael Bamiro, OT: His size alone makes him one hell of a prospect and a good guy to have on the practice field throughout the week. But Bamiro gave up too much pressure in August.
Travis Long, LB: They signed him so late in camp that there must have been something they liked about him. The Washington State product could even gain some opportunities with the Eagles keeping things tight in the linebacking corps.
Keelan Johnson, S: The undrafted free agent has a good rep, but he didn't do much with the Miami Dolphins in the preseason.
Trenton Robinson, S: Interesting find here, because Robinson was actually a sixth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. He saw limited action as a rookie but earned a solid Pro Football Focus grade this preseason.
Isaac Remington, OL/DL: He was a defensive lineman for Chip Kelly at Oregon, but Remington was working with the offensive line by the time camp wrapped up in Philly. Kelly and Co. aren't ready to give up on the versatile undrafted free agent.
Brandon Bair, DE: Another Oregon product, Bair has been kicking around the league two years and is in his last year of eligibility for the practice squad. He's never played in an NFL game and that shouldn't change any time soon. Surprising to see them go with him instead of Emmanuel Acho.
QB: Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley
RB: LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk
TE: Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey, Emil Igwenagu
OT: Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Dennis Kelly, Matt Tobin
G: Todd Herremans, Evan Mathis, Allen Barbre
C: Jason Kelce, Julian Vandervelde
DE: Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers, Damion Square
DT: Isaac Sopoaga, Bennie Logan
OLB: Trent Cole, Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham
ILB: DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Casey Matthews, Jake Knott, Najee Goode
CB: Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Shaun Prater Brandon Hughes, Jordan Poyer
S: Patrick Chung, Nate Allen, Earl Wolff, Colt Anderson, Kurt Coleman
K: Alex Henery
P: Donnie Jones
LS: Jon Dorenbos
What we do know is that starters are usually pretty safe at around this time. The odd projected starter gets the heave-ho, but those moments are few and far between and they're often related to finances. The Eagles aren't really in cost-cutting mode right now and the roster is fairly settled, so don't look for any of their starters to get released this week.
Let's break down those current starters and then make note of any key injuries factoring in.
QB: Michael Vick
RB: LeSean McCoy
FB: James Casey
TE: Brent Celek
OT: Jason Peters, Lane Johnson
G: Evan Mathis, Todd Herremans
C: Jason Kelce
DE: Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton
DT: Isaac Sopoaga
OLB: Trent Cole, Connor Barwin
ILB: DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks
CB: Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher
S: Patrick Chung, Nate Allen
K: Alex Henery
P: Donnie Jones
Jason Peters, Achilles, is finally back in the lineup.
Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn, knees, are out for the season.
The Eagles trimmed the roster to 75 players by making a series of cuts and handing out some important injury designations.
Here's a look at the 13 players the team waved goodbye to after its third preseason game Saturday, per PhillyMag.com:
- Kenny Phillips, S
- Jamar Chaney, LB
- Phillip Hunt, OLB (waived/injured)
- Derek Carrier, TE
- Eddie Whitley, DB (waived/injured)
- Brad Wing, P
- Eddie McClam, DE
- Nick Miller, WR
- Nic Purcell, OT
- Isaac Remington, OL
- Will Shaw, TE
- Daryell Walker, DT
- James Winchester, LS
Phillips and Chaney are notable because they're veterans with starting experience. I thought they should have waited longer for the injury-prone but extremely talented Phillips, especially considering how thin they are at safety. But they're moving on.
Hunt has some experience, too, with three sacks in 22 career appearances. However, he suffered a partially torn ACL in the team's preseason opener against the New England Patriots.
The other 10 cuts are unsurprising. None of those guys were drafted and none had played in a regular-season NFL game.
Here's our best guess regarding how the Eagles' depth chart looked after the cut down to 75:
QB: Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley, Dennis Dixon, GJ Kinne
RB: LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk, Matthew Tucker
TE: Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, Clay Harbor
OT: Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Dennis Kelly, Matt Tobin, Michael Bamiro
G: Todd Herremans, Evan Mathis, Allen Barbre, Danny Watkins, Matt Kopa, Matt Tennant
C: Jason Kelce, Julian Vandervelde, Dallas Reynolds
DE: Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers, , Damion Square, Joe Kruger, David King
DT: Isaac Sopoaga, Bennie Logan, Antonio Dixon
OLB: Trent Cole, Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham, Everette Brown, Chris McCoy, Travis Long, Adrian Robinson
ILB: DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Casey Matthews, Jake Knott, Emmanuel Acho
CB: Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes, Trevard Lindley, Jordan Poyer,
S: Patrick Chung, Nate Allen, Earl Wolff, David Sims, Colt Anderson, Kurt Coleman
K: Alex Henery
P: Donnie Jones
LS: Jon Dorenbos
- Dennis Dixon: He's no longer practice-squad eligible, and I'm betting someone picks him up. But they have no room for him with Vick and Foles on the roster.
- GJ Kinne: He was always just a camp body.
- Matthew Tucker: He was a workhorse during the preseason, which could earn him a spot on the practice squad. But the undrafted free agent stands no chance of making the final 53.
- Emil Igwenagu: I think Clay Harbor has much more value in this offense.
- Ifeanyi Momah: He's a freak of nature but they'll try to get him on the practice squad. Can't give potential a slot over a proven contributor like Russell Sheppard.
- Will Murphy: He was also more of a camp body. Didn't do anything to distinguish himself.
- Jeff Maehl: Could be a dark-horse because Chip Kelly traded for him, but I still don't see a spot.
- Danny Watkins: Officially a bust. I'd rather have the experienced and versatile Allen Barbre on the roster.
- Michael Bamiro: Undrafted free agent Matt Tobin has impressed me and should be the fourth offensive tackle on the 53-man roster.
- Dallas Reynolds: I like him, but the team has been giving Julian Vandervelde more opportunities. I believe they'll keep him to back up Jason Kelce.
- Matt Kopa: Did nothing to earn a roster or practice squad spot.
- Matt Tennant: Another camp body who is an obvious cut after the final preseason game.
- David King: Damion Square beats him out because he's got more upside and is more versatile.
- Joe Kruger: The seventh-round pick is an obvious practice squad guy this year.
- Chris McCoy: I think Everette Brown is more deserving of that extra OLB spot.
- Travis Long: Undrafted free agent simply didn't shine enough.
- Adrian Robinson: This could change Thursday night because he's so new.
- Emmanuel Acho: Lots of preseason playing time but I saw too many mistakes.
- Jordan Poyer: I think they'll wait for both Brandon Hughes and Curtis Marsh, with the PUP list factoring in. That means either Poyer or Trevard Lindley. They can stash Poyer on the practice squad, which they can't do with Lindley.
- Kurt Coleman: There's no way he deserves another chance. I understand that they're too thin to cut Nate Allen, but I'd take Earl Wolff and Colt Anderson over Coleman.
The Eagles could look to make some final tweaks between Saturday and the beginning of the regular season, especially if quality offensive linemen hit the open market. We'll have potential targets right here.