The Philadelphia Eagles trimmed their roster yesterday, and Jamar Chaney was one of the first established veteran players to be summoned to Chip Kelly‘s office along with his playbook.
The fourth-year linebacker out of Mississippi State rotated between starting games over the course of his career at middle linebacker and outside linebacker as well as contributing on special teams. The former seventh-round pick never quite showed enough promise to crack a full time starting job.
Almost a sure thing to make the roster in each of his first-four years under head coach Andy Reid, Chaney simply looked like a fish out of water under new defensive coordinator Bill Davis Jr‘s hybrid 4-3, 3-4 scheme. During training camp and the preseason he primarily worked on the second-team at inside linebacker.
It became apparent early on in this camp that the end of the line for Chaney in Philadelphia was near.
Chaney being among the first wave of Eagles cuts should surprise nobody.
The Eagles linebacker corps has been buoyed by strong play from Jake Knott and Emmanuel Acho who the Birds acquired from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for running back Dion Lewis earlier this offseason.
Last season when the Eagles acquired middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans, Chaney’s playing time was reduced and the bulk of his contributions came on special teams.
On Saturday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars the Eagles linebackers showed plenty of promise, including Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks, a 2012 second round draft choice, was a disruptive force against Jacksonville recording a sack of Chad Henne and pressuring the quarterback all night long.
The Eagles close out the preseason on Thursday night against the New York Jets at 7:30 and must have the final roster trimmed to 53 players by Saturday at 4pm.
Matt Lombardo is also a sports radio host on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. Join the conversation and follow him on Twitter.