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Philadelphia Eagles roster cuts: G.J. Kinne among 12 players officially released

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The Eagles announced their first round of cuts.

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The Philadelphia Eagles released a number of players to trim their roster down to 78. The team still needs to make three more moves to reach the 75-man limit in advance of the 4:00 PM EST deadline on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

None of these cuts come as a major surprise. The two most notable ones involve G.J. Kinne and Kevin Graf.

Kinne spent the last two seasons on Philadelphia's practice squad after originally signing with the team in 2013. Kinne made the transition to wide receiver this offseason after previously playing at quarterback. Kinne is one of the easiest players to root for on the whole team, so this cut is a bummer.

Graf spent the 2014 season on Philadelphia's practice squad after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. The Eagles even called Graf up to the 53-man roster for a brief stint last year, though he wasn't actually active on game day. Graf struggled this preseason.

Part of the reason the Eagles make their cuts earlier than the deadline is so that it gives these players chances to land elsewhere, according to Chip Kelly. At the same time, it also gives the Eagles more room to make a move if a player they like comes available.

The Eagles have three more moves to make before Tuesday. One of those moves likely involves putting JaCorey Shepherd on season-ending injured reserve. Another move involves reportedly involves Emmanuel Acho being waived/injured. With that in mind, the Eagles really only have one more real cut to make.

Full list of players who have been released:

QB/RB/WR G.J. Kinne

CB Marc Anthony

S Brandan Bishop

C Mike Coccia

OL Kevin Graf

DL Alfy Hill

WR Mike Johnson

OLB Dasman McCullum

WR Josh Reese

DL Jeremy Towns

TE Justin Tukes

OL Jared Wheeler