Making the Call on Philadelphia Eagles' Hardest Remaining Cuts
The Philadelphia Eagles have trimmed their roster to 75 players and will need to get it to 53 before the start of the 2013 season.
There have been many excellent performances in training camp, both from players who had once been contributors and from promising prospects, some of whom will be released. Unfortunately, it's part of the business.
Already, the Eagles have parted ways with veterans Kenny Phillips and Jamar Chaney. Which notable cuts are still to come?
Here are the remaining five most difficult cuts that the Eagles will need to make before the 2013 season officially kicks off.
1. Matthew Tucker
It's a shame to have to see Matthew Tucker go. The young running back was doing well this offseason and had played well thus far in the 2013 preseason. He has shown an ability to make plays, but unfortunately for Tucker, he has not done enough to unseat any of the other running backs on the roster.
LeSean McCoy is the unquestioned starter. Bryce Brown has shown that he is a phenomenal talent as long as he can hold onto the football. Chris Polk has also played exceptionally well, showing improved agility and quickness, along with a bruising running style.
Unfortunately, Tucker looks like the odd man out. Don't be surprised if the Eagles extend a practice squad invitation to him, however.
2. Dennis Dixon
It's largely bad luck that will lead to quarterback Dennis Dixon to being cut.
Dixon was brought in due to his mobility and experience with Chip Kelly's offense, but he lost much of his job security once Matt Barkley fell to the fourth round of the draft.
This training camp and preseason, Dixon has shown well, more or less. He has demonstrated good mobility and accuracy with the deep ball. However, his short- and intermediate-range accuracy leaves much to be desired.
With a young prospect in Barkley on the shelf, the Eagles will likely let Dixon go. It's improbable that they keep four quarterbacks, especially with so many needs on defense.
The only way Dixon stays is if the Eagles decide to trade Foles, and time is running out for any such deal to happen.
3. Clay Harbor
An impressive blocker and a capable receiver, Clay Harbor has been one of the team's most underrated players over the past few seasons. But, unfortunately, the tight end position is too crowded, and the Eagles will almost certainly not keep four tight ends.
Brent Celek should retain the starting tight end job, so long as he is able to overcome his habit of dropping passes. Zach Ertz has had an impressive training camp and preseason and should be penciled in as the second-string tight end. James Casey has also impressed thus far this preseason and probably will be retained.
Unfortunately, Harbor seems like the weakest of the group. He will be a casualty when the final cuts roll around.
4. Ifeanyi Momah
Ifeanyi Momah came in with high expectations, standing at 6'7" and running a 4.40 40-yard dash time. But Momah's play in this training camp and preseason has failed to square with his head-turning athleticism.
It seems that Momah is simply just not ready to return to football; the game is still too fast for him. It would be wise to put him on the practice squad so that he can develop him and get up to speed, but he certainly doesn't deserve a roster spot right now.
5. G.J. Kinne
While viewed as an inevitable cut from day one, G.J. Kinne has so far exceeded expectations in 2013.
He has shown himself to have impressive mobility. Most notably, Kelly has designed running plays just for Kinne.
Despite all that, Kinne is unlikely to make the roster. It would be hard enough for the Eagles to justify keeping four quarterbacks, but keeping five would be out of the question.
With Kinne's youth and speed, it is possible the Eagles would consider him for the practice squad.
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