Clay Harbor was finally cut this afternoon. The Philadelphia Eagles tight end did himself no favors on Thursday Night by dropping two passes and not making much of an overall impact in the final preseason game.
Harbor is a great athlete but tight end is a position where the Eagles have three players already solidly penciled into the depth chart in Brent Celek, James Casey and Zach Ertz. The numbers just weren’t right for Harbor and so he will now get an opportunity to catch on elsewhere.
A slightly more surprising cut was that of wide receiver Russell Shepard. He was one of the Eagles’ best gunners on special teams and showed some explosiveness as a receiver in the preseason. I thought he had carved out a spot on the roster with his solid play in both areas and his potential and ability in an uptempo offense like this. Apparently, Coach Chip Kelly saw it a totally different way.
Shepard is certainly a practice squad candidate. Assuming he clears waivers and isn’t scooped up by any other squad, my money would be on Shepard latching onto the practice squad to be further developed as an Eagles player.
So far the Eagles have parted ways with three relatively high profile players in Harbor, Shepard and former first round pick Danny Watkins. There are still a half a dozen cuts to go to make final shape of Kelly’s first 53 man roster as head coach. Buckle up. The adventure has just begun.