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5 Roster Cut Victims Philadelphia Eagles Should Target

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5 Roster Cut Victims the Philadelphia Eagles Should Target

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That statement rings true, especially this week in the NFL. Teams across the league will be searching the waiver wire to see if there are players available that can improve their roster.

Already, four players released by the Philadelphia Eagles have been picked up by other teams around the league. It didn’t even take 24 hours. Players that Chip Kelly and his staff deemed as ineffective for his team were dropped and became instant additions to other rosters.

The Eagles took advantage of the same opportunity, picking up an extra cornerback in Shaun Prater. He was added, while Curtis Marsh was dropped to make room for an addition that was considered not good enough to play somewhere else. Other players the Eagles let go cleared waivers and have been added to the practice team, earning another shot to win a spot in Philadelphia.

There were plenty of players let go around the NFL on Saturday for teams to reach the league-mandated 53-man roster. Many of those players, however, will go on to be successful in other cities for other coaches.

With the Eagles being the 10th-youngest team in the league, their lack of experience is glaring. Overall, one would not rate the defense as very high in comparison to the rest of the league, and with injuries in various areas, the Eagles could definitely use some improvement in different areas on both sides of the ball.

This group of players would not necessarily step in and take over a position, but could become good role players on a young team in need of some support.

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5. Marcus Trufant

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CB Marcus Trufant, who was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars in order for them to get their roster down to 53, would add experience and depth to a young and raw secondary. Although at age 32, he has already spent 10 seasons in the NFL, all with the Seattle Seahawks, Trufant would bring knowledge and another capable cover man to a shaky and questionable secondary.

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4. Quentin Sims

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Quentin Sims, a rookie cut by the New England Patriots, would bring an added dimension to the Philadelphia Eagles receiving corps. Just 22 years of age, Sims has a lot of upside as well as time to grow, and could be a threat especially in the red zone. At the very least, he would be a good addition to the practice squad and someone that could be developed over time.

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3. Mohamed Massaquoi

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Mohamed Massaquoi, a four-year veteran of the Cleveland Browns, was most recently cut by the New York Jets. He was originally a second-round pick and is another option for the Eagles to add an able red zone body type. Although his production has fallen off since he entered the league, another large target in Chip Kelly’s offense would be good to have.

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2. David Caldwell

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David Caldwell, who played last season with the Indianapolis Colts, was released by the New York Giants to allow them to meet the league mandated number. At age 26, he already possesses NFL experience and could be a welcome addition at the safety position, which boasts more questions than answers. His youth would also provide an opportunity for Philadelphia to mold him into their defense for the future.

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1. Austin Collie

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Austin Collie, at just 27, is already a proven receiver in the NFL. Spending his first four years in the league with the Indianapolis Colts, Collie has scoring ability. Most recently cut by the San Francisco 49ers, he could provide the Eagles with another reliable receiver to go along with a depleted group due to injuries.