The Eagles 2014 campaign was full of twists and turns that started with a pretty big release. DeSean Jackson and a slew of other players were jettisoned throughout the year and moved on to other things. Luckily for fans of nostalgia, BGN keeps track of all former Eagles so that you don't have to waste your time worrying about Ifeanyi Momah and Jake Knott.
As we did last season, BGN has collected information on all of the former Eagles cut by the Chip Kelly regime this season. Below you will find tidbits on what happened to the disregarded "talents" after they were let loose. Enjoy!
DeSean Jackson (Six seasons with team, released in March): After a few days as a free agent, Jackson signed with the rival Washington Redskins. He led the league in yards per reception with 20.9 yards per catch. He collected 56 receptions for 1,169 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He added another seven yards on four carries in 15 games (13 starts).
Jason Avant, WR (8 years with team, released in March): The veteran signed with the Panthers shortly after being cut. He played in 11 games for the Panthers, collecting 21 receptions for 201 receiving yards and a touchdown. He was cut during Week 12 and was quickly signed by the Chiefs. He played in five games for Kansas City and had 13 catches for 152 receiving yards with his third team of the calendar year.
Joe Anderson, WR (Cup of coffee this offseason, released in March): He has yet to be heard from since (imagine that Richard Dreyfuss is writing this on his typewriter).
Jake Knott, LB (One season with the Eagles, briefly on practice squad, waived with injury settlement): Once healthy, Knott signed with the Dolphins. He played one game for Miami before being released. He lasted 12 days with the Dolphins. After the season, he signed a futures contract with Miami.
Blake Annen, TE (UDFA, offseason roster, first cuts): Signed with the Bears practice squad after being cut and eventually was called up to the active roster. He played five games for Chicago but didn't record a catch.
Arrelious Benn, WR (Injured in first season with Eagles, released twice this offseason, among final cuts): Benn had an inconsistent preseason and looked like he was going to make the roster until he suffered an injury in the last exhibition game. He was released during final cuts and got a few workouts around the league, including one with the Seahawks. On Dec. 31, he signed a two-year deal with the Jaguars.
Jason Phillips, LB (injured in first year with Eagles, cut in August): He was released prior to any designated cuts and owns the distinction of being the Eagles first transaction from June 9th. He has yet to be signed elsewhere.
Kenjon Barner, RB (acquired in trade, released during final cuts): He spent a few weeks recovering from an injury and then was signed to the Eagles practice squad. He remained as a practice player the entire season. Signed a futures contract.
Frank Mays, DE (UDFA, waived during final cuts): I got nothing... but read this piece by BLG.
Davon Morgan, S (one-year veteran, waived during first cuts): Morgan has reemerged in the AFL as a member of the New Orleans VooDoo.
B.J. Cunningham, WR (two seasons on Eagles practice squad, played in two games in 2013, waived during first cuts): He signed with the Bears practice squad in November and finished the season in Chicago.
Carey Spear, K (UDFA, waived during first cuts): Chances are that he won't be getting anymore looks in the NFL. [UPDATE: Whoops! Recently signed with the Browns!]
Alejandro Villanueva, DE (UDFA, waived during first cuts): He signed with the Steelers practice squad during the season and has been used as an offensive lineman. Keep in mind that he has played wide receiver, defensive end, tight end and now offensive line in his brief NFL career.
Joe Kruger, DE (injured in first season with Eagles, waived during first cuts): Kruger was claimed by the Chargers after first cuts and lasted just a week with San Diego. He signed with the Packers practice squad in October but was released in November. He then finished the season on the Steelers practice squad.
Michael Bamiro, OG/OT (spent one season on practice squad, waived during first cuts): He eventually signed with the Giants practice squad. He then signed a futures contract with New York after the seasons.
Karim Barton, OG (UDFA, waived during first cuts): He was immediately claimed off of waivers during the Browns. He made the Browns final roster but was released before their Week 1 game. He spent the entire season on the practice squad.
Kadron Boone, WR (UDFA, waived during first cuts): Boone signed with the Rams practice squad but only lasted a few weeks. Boone has signed a futures contract with the Colts.
Emil Igwenagu, TE (two seasons on-and-off the practice squad, waived during first cuts): He was claimed by the Lions but was waived during final cuts. He spent the entire season on the Detroit practice squad.
Daytawion Lowe, S (UDFA, released during first cuts): Nothing to see here...
Donald Hawkins, OT (UDFA, waived during first cuts): He was immediately claimed by the Browns before being among their final cuts. He eventually signed with the Cowboys and played in one game.
Josh Andrews, OG (UDFA, waived during final cuts): Spent the entire season on the Eagles practice squad. Signed a futures contract.
Roc Carmichael, CB (two seasons with the Eagles, released during final cuts, again in December): Carmichael was released during final cuts and got a few workouts elsewhere. He was signed in mid-November by the Eagles and spent three games as a healthy inactive before being released again. On Dec. 31, Carmichael signed with the Arizona Cardinals on a futures contract.
Kevin Graf, OT (UDFA, waived during final cuts, called up for a few weeks before being released again): Graf signed with the team's practice squad after final cuts and was promoted due to injuries. He spent three weeks as a healthy inactive and was waived again. He spent the rest of the season on the practice squad.
Alex Henery, K (three years with Eagles, waived during final cuts): Henery signed with the Lions in September. He appeared in two games, while making just one of his five field goal attempts. He was waived after two weeks in Detroit and may be done in the NFL. At least he is a nice guy.
Damaris Johnson, WR (two seasons with the Eagles, waived during final cuts): Johnson was claimed by the Texans and was one of the true waiver wire "names" after final cuts. He appeared in all 16 games (starting seven) and collected 31 catches for 331 receiving yards and rushed five times for 19 yards. He also was sparingly used on both punt and kick returns.
Keelan Johnson, S (one season with the Eagles, waived during final cuts): He has a very interesting Twitter account.
Henry Josey, RB (UDFA, preseason superstar, waived during final cuts): Fans clearly got tricked by this speedster. He immediately signed to the Jaguars practice squad. Just remember that this is a team with Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson as their top three backs and Josey still didn't get called up. He was signed by the Vikings before the team's finale against Chicago but was inactive for the game. Yeah, we got that one wrong.
Josh Kaddu, LB (third-year player, waived during final cuts) The former Oregon Duck signed with the Vikings practice squad and spent the majority of the season in Minnesota. He was called up to the active roster for Minnesota's finale against the Bears. He played special teams in his Minnesota debut.
Wade Keliikipi, DT (UDFA, waived during final cuts): Spent the entire season on the practice squad.
G.J. Kinne, QB (one year on the practice squad, waived during final cuts): Spent the entire season on the practice squad.
Curtis Marsh, CB (three seasons with the Eagles, released during final cuts): He was out of the league all season but signed a future contract with the Broncos this week.
Ifeanyi Momah, WR (two offseasons with the Eagles, everyone's favorite tree trunk, released during final cuts): He was on the Browns practice squad in September before being released. He then signed with the Lions practice squad but was released in early November.
Will Murphy, WR (one year on the practice squad, waived during final cuts): Spent the entire season on the practice squad. Signed a futures contract.
Quron Pratt, WR (UDFA, waived during final cuts): Spent the entire season on the practice squad. Signed a futures contract.
Ed Reynolds, S (fifth round pick, waived during final cuts): Spent the entire season on the practice squad. Signed a futures contract.
Damion Square, NT (one season with the Eagles, waived during finals cuts): He was claimed by the Chiefs and spent several weeks on their active roster before being waived. He was claimed by the Chargers in November. He didn't play in a game for either team, nor was he active.
Matthew Tucker, RB (one season with Eagles, waived during final cuts): Spent the entire season on the practice squad. He has signed a futures contract.
Jordan Kovacs, S (second-year player, spent a few weeks on the practice squad): He was never actually cut but signed off of the practice squad by the Dolphins. He played in eight games for Miami and produced six tackles.
Colton Underwood, LB (a few weeks on the practice squad): He re-signed with the Chargers practice squad after being let go by the Eagles.
Wade Smith, OG/OT (first season with Eagles, 12-year veteran, cut after Week 6): He is likely done in the NFL and hasn't been picked up elsewhere. He appeared in five games for the Eagles.
Tyler Hoover, OL (a few weeks on the practice squad): I am sure he is doing well somewhere outside of the NFL, can't confirm.
Cobi Hamilton, WR (second-year player, few weeks on practice squad): After being released from the Eagles practice squad, he signed with the Bengals unit. On Dec. 31, he was called up to the main roster for the Bengals playoff run.
Bryce Brown, RB (two season with the Eagles, part of one of the most unnecessarily convoluted trades in NFL history): Brown was jettisoned to Buffalo during NFL Draft weekend. After being a healthy scratch for a majority of the season, injuries finally forced him onto the field. He appeared in seven games and had 36 carries for 126 rushing yards (3.5 YPC) and 16 catches for 176 receiving yards.
David King, DE (2013 sixth round pick): He started the season again on the Bengals practice squad. He was signed off of the squad by the Seahawks in December and played three games. He finished the season with a tackle and a sack.
Russell Shepard, WR (2013 offseason roster): In his second season with the Buccaneers, Shepard finally caught a pass, in fact, he caught four passes for 63 receiving yards. He has become the team's special teams ace.
Everette Brown, DE (2013 offseason roster): He played six games for the Redskins before being released in December. In those six contests, he collected eight tackles.
Clay Harbor, TE (three seasons with the Eagles): In his second season with the Jaguars, he appeared in 13 games and collected 26 catches for 289 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Greg Salas, WR (one season on the Eagles practice squad): In his second season with the Jets, Salas collected eight catches for 167 receiving yards and one run for 20 yards and a touchdown. He was put on injured reserve on Dec. 4.
Jamar Chaney, LB (three seasons with Eagles): He played in one game for Atlanta last season after being cut. This season, he appeared in nine games for the Raiders before being released. He collected five tackles in those nine games.
Dion Lewis, RB (two seasons with Eagles, traded to Browns in 2013): Lewis spent a week with the Colts early during the season (when the Eagles and Colts played, coincidentally) and then was never heard from again... until now. The Patriots recently signed him to a futures contract. Watch Lewis be their next great running back, because that's how Patriots running backs usually work.
Eddie Whitley, DB (2013 offseason roster): He spent the offseason with the Cardinals before being injured and put on injured reserve yet again.
Brad Wing, P (2013 offseason roster): After spending 2013 out of football, Wing became the Steelers starting punter. He appeared in all 16 games.
Dallas Reynolds, C (two season with the Eagles): He spent his second season on the Giants. He appeared in 15 games.
Kenny Phillips, S (2013 offseason roster): The former Giants safety couldn't stay healthy with the Eagles. It's surprising to see that the Saints will give him a chance with a futures contract.
Shaun Prater, CB (one games with the Eagles in 2013): He spent the season with the Vikings. He appeared in 10 games and produced two tackles.
Mike Patterson, DT (eight seasons with the Eagles): He completed his second season with the Giants. He appeared in 16 games and produced 29 tackles.
Cullen Jenkins, DT (two seasons with the Eagles): He completed his second season with the Giants. He appeared in 12 (11 starts) games and produced 16 tackles and one sack.
Jordan Poyer, CB (2013 seventh round pick): He completed his second season with the Browns and is playing safety and special teams for Cleveland. In 16 games, he collected 19 tackles and a forced fumble.