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Eagles announce 10 roster moves, including some surprising cuts

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The Eagles officially announced 10 roster moves on Sunday evening. The team released eight players and placed two rookies on injured reserve. Philadelphia's roster now stands at 73 players, which is two shy of the 75-man limit required by 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30.


WR Rueben Randle
WR Chris Givens
DT Mike Martin
OL Andrew Gardner
CB Denzel Rice
CB Randall Evans
S Nick Perry
LS John DePalma

Injured reserve

LB Joe Walker
DE Alex McCalister

Quick thoughts

• Randle is one of the most notable cuts. It was once thought he'd make the final roster but he failed to stand out this summer. His effort was also highly questionable. The Eagles have $500,000 in dead money by cutting Randle.

• The Givens cut was reported earlier on Sunday. He made one catch through three preseason games. Cutting Givens creates $180,000 in dead money.

• The absence of Randle and Givens is likely a good sign for rookie Paul Turner. The UDFA has a real shot to make the roster. It's also possible the Eagles could look to add a player via trade or waiver wire.

• Martin was favored to be the Eagles' third defensive tackle before he suffered a knee injury and missed the first three preseason games. Martin being gone could mean the Eagles will keep both Taylor Hart and Beau Allen as the team's backup defensive tackles.

• Gardner recently took a pay cut but it clearly didn't help him make the team. Gardner was Philadelphia's starting right guard last year before falling out of favor with the Doug Pederson regime.

• Rice was the only UDFA player to initially make the Eagles' roster last season. Evans was a sixth round pick by Philadelphia last year.

• Jon Dorenbos clearly won the long snapper battle with DePalma now gone.

• Walker being placed on injured reserve was just a matter of time. He suffered a season-ending ACL injury last week.

• The Eagles are basically stashing McCalister on IR. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has said he wants to see the seventh round rookie add weight to his thin frame.

The Eagles play one final preseason game this week on Thursday, Sept. 1. Then all 32 NFL teams will be required to cut down to the 53-man limit by Saturday, Sept. 3.