It’s that time of year again when NFL organizations sit down and try to figure out who stays and who goes as the 53-man roster approaches.
The Philadelphia Eagles must have their 53-man roster figured out by tomorrow, August 31 by 9 p.m. This is a very stressful situation for everyone in the Eagles front office and on the coaching staff, but good players need to be cut. That’s the nature of the business. However, if good players need to be cut that means the player in front of them has talent, which is something the Eagles need on both sides of the ball.
So far, the Philadelphia Eagles have cut Everette Brown, Antonio Dixon, Dennis Dixon, David King, GJ Kinne, Matt Kopa, Trevard Lindley, Ifeanyi Momah, Nick Murphy, Dallas Reynolds, Adrian Robinson and Matt Tennant. They have also placed Joe Kruger on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. At this point, the roster is at 62 players so the Eagles will need to cut at least nine players by tomorrow.
Other players who have survived so far are Mathew Tucker, Jeff Maehl, Russell Shepard, Greg Salas, Emil Igwenagu, Clay Harbor, Michael Bamiro, Danny Watkins, Julian Vandervelde, Matt Tobin, Chris McCoy, Clay Mathews, Emmanuel Acho, Jake Knot, Curtis March, Brandon Hughes, Jordan Poyer, David Sims and Kurt Coleman.
With that being said, I see Shepard, Salas, McCoy, Vandervelde, Tobin, Acho, Knott, Hughes and Poyer staying on the roster. I’ve recently written an article about why the Eagles should keep Watkins, but Chip Kelly didn’t seem too high on him after the preseason finale against the New York Jets. Watkins brings experience, but it seems like he makes too many mistakes when on the field and the Eagles don’t seem like they want to carry his salary.
So the Eagles will have a tough weekend ahead of them as they draw the roster down to 53. There are certainly good players that have been cut and soon will be cut. However, they still can be on the practice squad in which they can develop into a quality NFL player.
Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50