The Eagles after last night went undefeated in the preseason for the first time since 1995 with a win over the Jets 28-10. Trent Edwards lit it up again as he has all preseason with 197 yards and two touchdowns which earned him a roster spot as the Eagles cut Mike Kafka today.
Here are all of the 22 players that did not make the cut.
QB Mike Kafka- Could not get on the field which hurt him as Edwards was amazing in the preseason.
S Oshimigo Atogwe- Just could not stay healthy
TE Brett Brackett- Was a good pass catcher but struggled to block.
LB Keenan Clayton- Got stuck with the number of linebackers the Eagles kept.
DT Landon Cohen
DT Atonio Dixon- The Eagles stuck with Cedric Thornton over Dixon but was a bit of a surprise the Eagles did not keep 5 DTS as instead they kept 7 defensive ends.
TE Chase Ford- Athletic but Eagles only kept 2 tight ends.
WR Mardy Gilyard- Caught a few touchdowns and was very impressive but was caught in a bad situation on how many receivers there were.
WR Chad Hall- Hall has been with the team for a while but Damaris Johnson just outplayed him and has the versatility to be the punt returner.
CB Joselio Hanson- The veteran corner was beat out by rookie Brandon Boykin for the starting slot job so since Hanson can’t play on the outside there was no use for him.
FB Emil Igwenagu- Versatile but Havili outplayed him.
T DJ Jones
P Mat Mcbriar- The former pro bowler was beat out by Chas Henery who played very well in the preseason.
WR Marvin Mcnutt- Just was nowhere to be seen in the preseason could not get by Damaris Johnson or the number of receivers kept.
LB Adrian Moten
DT Ollie Ogbu- More of a practice squad player showed some good things in preseason.
LB Ryan Rau- Was very impressive in game vs Jets but just got caught up in numbers game, more of a practice squad player.
DE Monte Taylor- In a crowded position will be good P squad player.
S Philip Thomas- Good game vs Browns but not enough to beat out Jarrett.
DT Frank Trotter- Did not look to shabby in the preseason but just did not do enough.
OL Steve Vallos- Got beat out by Dallas Reynods who played very well.
OL Brandon Washington- Sixth round pick but with an injury did not see the field enough to compete.
So with all these cuts the Eagles decided to go with what surprised me the most which is why I am bringing it up is that the Eagles kept 4 running backs. This has never happened under Andy Reid as Coach but I guess he and the Eagles just loved what they saw in both Bryce Brown and Chris Polk and did not want to let either go. Now the question is how can they utilize each one. obviously McCoy will get most of the touches and then you have Dion Lewis who will probably get 6-8 snaps a game. I see the Eagles using him in passing situations at times as he can catch the ball very well. Bryce Brown showed some explosiveness on the outside and averaged at least 5 yards a carry. Now how many snaps will he get in games I don’t know with him or Chris Polk but with Polk he was a great pass blocker in the preseason so maybe in third and long situations you see him out their blocking. Its just so hard to utilize all these players with McCoy playing pretty much the whole game but we will see what Reid does.
The Fans in Philly are very excited as the Eagles have a lot of depth at most positions and its going to be a fun season starting off with the Browns next Sunday only 8 more days! Here is the final roster position by position.
QB (3): Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Trent Edwards RB/FB (5): LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk, Stanley Havili WR (5): DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson TE (2): Brent Celek, Clay Harbor OL (9): King Dunlap, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Danny Watkins, Todd Herremans, Demetress Bell, Dennis Kelly, Julian Vandervelde, Dallas Reynolds DL (10):Trent Cole, Cullen Jenkins, Derek Landri, Jason Babin, Phillip Hunt, Darryl Tapp, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton LB (6): DeMeco Ryans, Akeem Jordan, Mychael Kendricks, Jamar Chaney, Brian Rolle, Casey Matthews CB (6): Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Brandon Boykin, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes, Trevard Lindley S (4): Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Colt Anderson ST (3): Alex Henery, Chas Henry, Jon Dorenbas.