Each season, when the time comes for final cuts to be made, there are always a few surprising decisions that are made by coaching staffs across the National Football League.
Veterans get their walking papers after years of service along with undrafted rookies, who strive against the odds to make the final 53 man roster for week one.
For the Philadelphia Eagles, there will not be as many shocking roster cuts. Due to their ambitious free agency plan, many players at key positions will become expendable and therefore will be cut loose from the final roster.
Starting with defensive end, where Trent Cole and Jason Babin are entrenched as the starting ends, look for Juqua Parker to potentially be on the outs. With the addition of Phillip Hunt from the CFL, along with second year player Daniel Teo-Nesheim and Darryl Tapp, Parker may be the odd man out. Hunt lead the CFL in sacks in 2010. Teo-Nesheim and Tapp are nice rotational players as well.
Parker falls into the rotational category as well, but his advanced years make him expendable in this numbers game.
With a loaded secondary, the defensive back position will suffer many casualties on cut down day.
Joselio Hanson should have been released last season, but with the secondary becoming stacked and younger, he must go.
With Trevard Lindley and Curtis Marsh both young and inexpensive, both become more attractive options. The Eagles have enough depth at this position to sacrifice Hanson, who lacks the coverage skills to stick around as the fourth corner.
On offense, the wide receiving corps is set as long as the DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin situations become resolved.
However, 2010 training camp darling Chad Hall may not find his road to the 2011 roster that easy.
Sinorice Moss is pushing for the fifth receiver spot as well as Johnnie Lee Higgins.
Moss has proven that he can play in the league during his time as a New York Giant.
Higgins provides a resume from his time with the Oakland Raiders as an invaluable return man.
The dream will be over for Hall.
The most interesting battle on the offensive side of the ball is at the center position. Jamaal Jackson is attempting to return from injury for the second time in as many years. Mike McGlynn filled in well in Jackson's absence, but his natural position is guard.
Rookie Jason Kelce from Cincinnati has been getting his fair share of snaps with the first team offense at center.
Do not be surprised if Jackson gets cut in favor of Kelce.
However, the addition of Ryan Harris tells more about the condition of Winston Justice and the coaching staff's opinions of King Dunlap and Austin Howard. The right tackle position appears to be up for grabs.
Harris appears to have the inside track to becoming the starter at right tackle. What does that mean for Justice and the rest? Expect Justice to be placed on the PUP list in case he is able to return from injury at some point in 2011. However, in that time Harris may have wrestled the job away from Justice completely.
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