The Philadelphia Eagles announced their final cuts for the regular season. Casey Matthews was surprisingly not among them. In a bit of an upset, he managed to make the 53-man roster.
Matthews hasn’t exactly made any splash plays in any of the four exhibition games and looked to be passed over by Emmanuel Acho and Jake Knott on the depth chart. It is possible his prowess on special teams helped him secure a roster spot.
Another possibility is his Oregon connections with Chip Kelly. Kelly kept another Duck that was a surprise to many in Jeff Maehl at wide receiver over Greg Salas and Russell Shepard who have both been impressive in training camp and the pre-season. Is this favoritism on Coach Kelly’s part? Who knows it is curious though but Maehl may know Kelly’s offense better than any of the other receivers, which surely gave him a leg up in making the team.
Another minor surprise in making the team was Kurt Coleman. He had been on the bubble much of camp but managed to impress Coach Kelly enough to form an impression. The fact that the Eagles kept 11 defensive backs in total including the injured Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes and rookie Jordan Poyer, who frankly hasn’t shown much, is certainly unexpected.
Chris McCoy also really impressed at outside linebacker in the pre-season yet finds himself on the outside looking in. The outside linebacker position currently only has three players manning positions on the roster.
Overall, depth looks scary at corner and outside linebacker. This is something surely GM Howie Roseman and Coach Kelly will address in the coming days. This is the 53-man roster for now. However, it may not be the team that the Eagles field come opening night. Stay tuned.