The Philadelphia Eagles announced they have waived backup offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde with an injury settlement. The Eagles roster now stands at 75, which is just in time for the NFL's 75-man roster deadline scheduled for 4 PM EST today on Tuesday, August 26th.
Vandervelde, originally a 5th round pick by the Eagles in the 2011 NFL Draft, entered the team's 2014 training camp competing with David Molk for the backup center job. Vandervelde suffered a back injury in late July which required him to get surgery in early August. Even if Vandervelde was healthy, his roster chances may not have been great. Molk has played very well this summer and he looks like more of a natural center than Vandervelde, who is a converted guard.
Vandervelde bounced on-and-off the Eagles roster for two seasons after being drafted and had a short stint on the Buccaneers practice squad, before becoming entrenched as the Eagles backup center last season. He has played in 15 games (no starts) during his three-year career.
For a full list of the team's 2014 first cuts, click here.
Keep in mind that the Eagles still have to trim their roster down to 53 by this week Saturday, August 30th, at 4 PM EST.