The Philadelphia Eagles under the watchful eyes of head coach Chip Kelly and General Manager Howie Roseman stated that performance in the preseason would be of utmost importance, especially when it came to the back end of the roster.
In all reality this may have been posturing and hearsay. Emmanuel Acho and Chris McCoy were easily two of the best performers for the Eagles in the preseason. And with the recent release of Acho to make room for new linebacker Najee Goode they are both packing their bags and on their way out of Philly.
The Acho decision in particular is a real head-scratcher. He had been flying to the football the entire preseason and led the team in tackles throughout the preseason including a stellar 11 tackle effort in the final preseason game against the New York Jets that also included a sack and a forced fumble. Acho seemed young and hungry, exactly the type of player needed in a new regime starting over.
What may be even more puzzling is who was kept over the likes of Acho, McCoy, and even raw rookie receiver Russell Shepard who was recently snapped up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers off of waivers.
Fringe players such as Casey Matthews and Jeff Maehl – all Oregon alumni I mind you – seemed much more expendable than some of the players that showed starting type potential that were let go.
Will this end up biting the Eagles? History says the decisions at the back end of the roster won’t be the difference in wins and losses come the regular season. However, if the Eagles see a guy like McCoy, Shepard, or Acho flying around and making plays with another team they will live to regret these decisions.