The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced their 2015 NFL roster cuts on Saturday afternoon. The team's roster is now one spot shy of the league-mandated 53-man maximum limit. Some of the moves were surprising, but the rest of the cuts were pretty straight forward.
The team still has some more work to do as they navigate the NFL waiver wire Saturday night into Sunday morning. Remember, just because a player has made the initial 53-man roster doesn't mean they will be on the team come Week 1. With that said, let's take a look at the players who were cut this weekend and try to make sense of it all.
QB Tim Tebow
Chip Kelly said he felt Tebow wasn't good enough to be the team's third string quarterback. Tebow had a nice game against the New York Jets but otherwise struggled this summer. The Eagles feel they can find an upgrade at the third string quarterback spot.
With Tebow gone, the Eagles only kept two quarterbacks. Chip Kelly made it sound like the team is going to add one more. Kelly said that Trey Burton and Josh Huff are the emergency quarterbacks on game day if something should happen to both Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.
P Kip Smith
Never had a chance to beat out Donnie Jones. At least he'll always have those knuckeball kicks.
WR Rasheed Bailey
Bailey was one of the easiest players on the entire team to root for. He's a home-town kid who attended a Division III school. He played well this summer, but he's probably not quite ready for the NFL just yet. Bailey could end up on the practice squad.
OG Julian Vandervelde
Kind of hard to believe Batmandervelde was still around. He joined the team all the way back in the 2011 NFL Draft.
WR Quron Pratt
Potential practice squad candidate after spending the entire 2014 season on the PS.
TE Andrew Gleichert
Never really showed anything.
LB Deontae Skinner
The former Patriots player was added to the team late in training camp.
OL Brett Boyko
The Eagles gave Boyko a significant signing bonus as far as undrafted free agents are considered. They might be hoping he makes it to the practice squad.
OL Malcolm Bunche
Like Boyko, the Eagles are probably hoping he makes it through to the practice squad. Bunche showed good ability as a run blocker.
S Chris Prosinski
Good special teams player who will likely catch on somewhere else in the NFL.
CB Randall Evans
The rookie sixth round pick will likely be back on the practice squad if he goes unclaimed. He just didn't look ready for the NFL yet.
RB Raheem Mostert
Mostert flashed some real ability this preseason. He might not make it through waivers, but if he does he's a practice squad candidate. The Eagles were too deep at running back and decided to keep Kenjon Barner over him.
TE Eric Tomlinson
Can block and was a better pass catcher than expected. Practice squad material.
S Ed Reynolds
After spending the entire 2014 season on the practice, Reynolds showed some progress this offseason. He looked good in coverage and contributed on special teams but tackling was an issue. Maybe he's due for another year of being on the practice squad.
DB Jaylen Watkins
The second-year defensive back just didn't show the kind of progress the team wanted to see.
WR Jeff Maehl
Maehl had a decent summer but didn't have a real shot of making the roster since the Eagles are six deep at wide receiver. He was waived with an injury settlement so he must not be fully healthy. He might catch on with another NFL team at some point.
LB Najee Goode
The Eagles tried to trade Goode but it didn't work out. It would hardly be a surprise to see Goode get picked up by another team on waivers.
OL John Moffitt
Moffitt looked exactly how you would expect an offensive lineman who has been out of the league for two years to look: very rusty.
DE Brian Mihalik
The Eagles are already five deep at defensive end. The seventh round rookie could return on the practice squad.
WR Freddie Martino
Had that amazing catch on a Tebow pass in the Jets finale. That will always be a pretty cool moment.
OLB Diaheem Watkins
Watkins showed some ability as a pass rusher. He deserves a shot on the practice squad considering how thin the Eagles are at outside linebacker.