It seemed like the QB controversy was the main thing on the minds of many Eagles fans, and when their biggest round of cuts came without the release of a quarterback, it probably left some fans confused, including me. I felt like keeping all four quarterbacks would be a mistake and use up an important spot on the roster, but they eventually followed through with the release of Mike Kafka, not to my surprise.
They went from 75 to 53 in a span of a couple of hours, releasing many names that some people still probably didn’t recognize after seeing all four preseason games, as well as others that they thought were likely to get a spot on the roster. First of all, I thought they were going to keep seven wide receivers, but they only kept five.
They decided to release both Chad Hall, who played for them last year, and rookie Marvin McNutt, who was a sixth round draft pick this year. This left them with only five guys at that position (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, and Damaris Johnson). While they resigned McNutt to the practice squad as well as rookie B.J. Cunningham, it still comes as a surprise to me that Hall was left out completely.
Another interesting note, while not much of a surprise, is that they kept 10 defensive lineman (6 defensive ends, 4 defensive tackles). While it was a rumor that Darryl Tapp would not be making the team, he secured a spot along with five other defensive ends, all of which who will see playing time in the regular season. Derek Landri and Cullen Jenkins will most likely start for the Eagles at DT with rookie Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton backing them up.
Something that unfortunately didn’t surprise me was the release of two veterans who were signed just recently: safety O.J. Atogwe and punter Mat McBriar. Both of these guys have made Pro Bowls in the past, but neither of them played too well in the preseason and lost their spots to much younger guys who were most likely getting a lot less money. Atogwe seemed like he got hurt in every game, and McBriar seemed like he didn’t even play every game. Nonetheless, it seems like a waste to sign these guys and then cut them so quickly, even if they deserved it.
One of the most surprising cuts among the list was cornerback Joselio Hanson, who lost out a spot to Brandon Hughes and Brandon Boykin. While Hanson was likely to receive a big chunk of change to play, it still is surprising that they let him go knowing that Asante Samuel won’t be there as a starter. And, the Eagles later cut CB Trevard Lindley, leaving the Eagles with 5 cornerbacks total. This possibly opens up the nickelback position to Curtis Marsh or Hughes, but it remains to be undetermined as of this point.
In other news, second year man Stanley Havili won the FB starting job, and both Chase Ford and Brett Brackett were released at the tight end position, leaving the eagles with only Brent Celek and Clay Harbor. And the Eagles also activated S Colt Anderson off the PUP list, making him an official member of the roster for now. But who knows if this is the final list of people, because they have still been making moves beyond the deadline for the final cuts. This year once again proves that no one is safe. You have to earn your position on the roster.