by Justin Adkins
The Eagles have cut down their roster to the required 53 players by the 6:00pm EST deadline today.
Gone are wide receiver Chad Hall, wide receiver Jordan Norwood, tight end Cornelius Ingram, center A.Q. Shipley, guard Dallas Reynolds, guard Fenuki Tupou, defensive end Eric Moncur, defensive tackle Jeff Owens, safety Macho Harris, safety Quintin Demps and wide receiver Kelley Washington.
None are a huge surprise, though it is interesting that the Eagles gave up on both Quintin Demps and Macho Harris. Demps seemed to have more mouth than talent, and Harris just didn’t have enough NFL talent, at either safety or cornerback.
On cutting both, Eagles GM Howie Roseman:
“I think for us, we went back to what we felt were the priorities on our football team in our off-season in terms of numbers and depth and numbers at positions. Obviously we’re heavy on the O-line, we’re heavy on the D-line, we kept six cornerbacks and we felt like we had some guys who, in a pinch, could play safety. It was more about some of the guys on the team that we wanted to keep that we felt could contribute … but I think you’ll see another safety added.”
The Eagles are now thin at safety, with veteran Quintin Mikell and rookies Nate Allen, the starting free safety, and seventh-round pick and touchdown machine Kurt Coleman the only remaining ones on the roster. Like Roseman said, expect another to be added soon.
They are heavy at cornerback though, with recently acquired Jorrick Calvin staying on as a sixth corner and likely kick returner.
The most unfortunate cut was tight end Cornelius Ingram, who suffered 2 ACL tears in the same knee in successive years and just couldn’t regain that same explosive burst that had so many excited by his potential. This move leaves the Eagles with only two tight ends, so expect a veteran to be acquired shortly.
All players released, with the exception of veteran Kelley Washington, are eligible for the practice squad, which should be announced soon.
And good news for TMZ fans: Hank Baskett has made the team, so wife Kendra Wilkinson should be popping up in stories and pictures throughout the season.
Though no one should hold their breath, as the roster will most likely be changing again right up until kickoff on September 12th, and likely beyond.
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