The Philadelphia Eagles made their first round of cuts this afternoon and chiefly among them was quarterback Dennis Dixon. Dixon was very familiar with head coach Chip Kelly as he played for him for four years at Oregon.
Many speculated when Dixon was first brought in early on in Kelly’s regime that he could possibly be the starting quarterback since he knew the offense front and back. That argument can now be firmly put to bed. Dixon never really impressed in his time as an Eagle and while the mobility factor is nice, especially in this offense, Kelly needs anticipation, timing and solid decision making from his quarterbacks — something Dixon didn’t display.
The quarterback roster spots are now settled. The Eagles will go with three in Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. The Eagles boast great depth at the position in case of an injury to Vick, as Foles has shown that he can go in and lead the offense and score points if called upon. Even Barkley has shown solid command of the offense, and if it ever came to an emergency situation, he could fill in admirably.
The first round of cuts have come and gone for the Eagles. Dixon was the most recognized name among them. The Eagles are now down to 62 players. They must get down to 53 by Saturday at 6 p.m. EST. This time of the year is an adventure for every coach and GM. It is no different for the Eagles.