Aug 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (90) during the first quarter against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Eagles announced this evening that Antonio Dixon and Mat McBriar have been released, which officially puts their roster at 53. Why McBriar hung around so long today is beyond me, but he's no surprise.
Dixon is somewhat of a surprise. He didn't have a very good camp or preseason and was outplayed by Cedric Thornton, but there was a thought that his experience and previous solid play might have kept him around. Obviously that wasn't the case. As it stands, the Eagies will keep 10 defensive lineman. 6 DEs & 4 DTs.
Now, don't spend too much time pouring over the current 53 man roster because as history tells us, its almost certainly not the one that will be make it to opening day. Hundreds of players were cut today and chances are the Eagles will have interest in at least a few of those guys. Possibly at safety or on the offensive line... so just because you survived cut down, doesn't mean you're safe.
The team also reached an injury settlement with S Tom Nelson. He had been on IR, so that doesn't change anything.