In Saturday’s roster cuts, the Philadelphia Eagles released 10 players. None of the cuts were remotely surprising. The players are as follows:
- Tiger Jones, wide receiver
- Elvis Akpla, wide receiver
- Brian Hernandez, wide receiver
- McKay Jacobson, wide receiver
- Thomas Welch, offensive tackle
- Alfred McCullough, guard
- Xavier Brown, defensive end
- Kevin Thomas, cornerback
- Tom Nelson, safety (injured)
- Wade Bonner, safety
Some notes on the players cut…
Jones is a modern-day Vince Papale, except for the fact that the didn’t make the team. The 30-year old was last at a training camp in 2005 with the Washington Redskins. He’s been an Arena Football League star, and led the Philadelphia Soul to the playoffs this season. But he left the team when the Eagles invited him to training camp, missing out on an opportunity to play in a championship game (which the Soul lost). As expected, he did not make the team for the Eagles.
Thomas is the cornerback acquired from the Indianapolis Colts in the Moise Fokou, Greg Lloyd Jr trade. Nobody expected him to make the team but the Eagles did get a seventh round draft pick for two linebackers who weren’t going to make the roster anyway.
Nelson is the most surprising cut. He played four games for the Eagles last season when special teams ace Colt Anderson suffered a torn ACL. The Eagles won all four games by a combined total of 79 points. Some thought that Nelson would make the team when second round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett struggled, but it looks as if Jarrett will make the team as the final safety.
Those 10 cuts put the Eagles at 80 players. They need to be at 75 by Monday.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.