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Final Eagles 53-man roster projection - Philly.com
It's going to be really hard to cut Trey Burton. At a minimum, he has made that decision tough for the Eagles. Normally, the proposition of having a player poached from the practice squad is an overrated fear, in that teams tend to like their own players. However, Burton has legitimate receiving skills, and teams around the league are bound to have interest. In 2015, James Casey will count for $4 million again the cap, with no penalty to cut. The Eagles could look at Burton as a possible eventual replacement if they can get him to improve his blocking.

Big Night - Iggles Blitz
The big story of the night is the emergence of Cody Parkey, the rookie the Eagles traded for the other day. He kicked 2 field goals of more than 50 yards. He had pretty good depth on his kickoffs. Look beyond the numbers. Parkey looked good in doing that. He struck the ball firmly and cleanly. Those long FGs weren’t moving all over the place. They were fairly straight. I also liked the fact that Parkey handled the pressure of the moment well. A bad kick could have gotten him a pink slip. Was that enough for Parkey to win the PK job? I’m no expert on kickers, mechanics and exactly what it takes to succeed in the NFL, but I really liked what I saw. I think I would go take the chance and go with Parkey. This kid is unproven, but he showed special potential tonight. While there is something to be said for Henery, he’s never shown anything special.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: 53-Man Roster Projection - Birds 24/7
Reynolds is my last player to sneak on the roster. There's no real need to keep a fifth safety, and I'd expect him to be inactive on gamedays. But given that the Eagles spent a fifth-round pick on Reynolds, the guess here is he sticks.

Eagles Notes: Eagles running back Polk still out - Inquirer
Chris Polk did not play in the preseason finale Thursday against the New York Jets despite his hopes to make his debut. The running back has dealt with a hamstring injury since July 28. He returned to practice this week and estimated that he would be at 80 percent for the game. When the Eagles took the field, Polk was not even in uniform. The injury complicates his spot on the team. The Eagles had expected Polk to be their No. 3 running back behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles when training camp started. The way coach Chip Kelly spoke at the beginning of camp suggested as much.

With cuts looming, which Eagles’ WRs are in/out? - CSN Philly
It was a familiar scene, which didn’t make it any less awkward. It happens around this time every year. Certain players know they’ve made it. They’re safe. They’re comfortable. Other guys aren’t so fortunate.

Eagles roster cuts: 5 players who should make the team, but won't - NJ.com
Henry Josey, RB: While backups Chris Polk and Matthew Tucker have battling injuries throughout camp, all Josey did was lead the team in rushing with 225 yards -- nearly twice the closest player behind him. Josey's special teams play will keep him off, but out of the three backups behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, the rookie might be the best playmaker.

2014 Preview: Philadelphia Eagles - PFF
The Eagles have to be excited about their young talent along the defensive line. 2012 first-round pick Fletcher Cox proved to be a disruptive force at times last season, as he was solid against the run and pass (+8.0 overall rating). Philadelphia’s other end is Cedric Thornton, who seemingly came out of nowhere to have a great season in 2013. The former undrafted free agent had the league’s third-highest run defense rating (+21.2) and ranked second behind only J.J. Watt with a 12.4 Run Stop Percentage.

Exclamation Point Ends Preseason - PE.com
The scoreboard at Lincoln Financial Field glowed well after the game ended, telling the story of Thursday night's cherry on the top of this preseason: Eagles 37, Jets 7. It was the perfect way to send the team heading to the regular season.

The Weakest Link: A Look at the Worst Position Groups in the NFL - Grantland
With a great Dimitri Patterson story included.