The Philadelphia Eagles trimmed their roster down to the 53-man limit on Saturday but that doesn’t mean they are done with cuts just yet. The Eagles could very well make some more moves tomorrow after waiver claims are revealed after 12:00 PM on Sunday, September 3.
How it works
When a team releases a player with less than four years of service, they are subject to the waiver process. Normally when a player is released, waivers runs the next day. For roster cuts, all players run through waivers on Sunday, whether they were released on Friday or Saturday.
The process involves a priority list ranking teams for claiming players. From the first day of the league year until the conclusion of Week 3 of the 2017 regular season, the priority is based on draft order. This means that the Cleveland Browns are the No. 1 team on the waiver priority list, while the Eagles are No. 12. This means that if the Eagles want to take a shot on a young player, they have to put a claim in on him, and then cross their fingers and hope that the 11 teams ahead of them do not put in a claim.
You might be used to the waiver process in your fantasy football league. The NFL waiver process is different in that the No. 1 team can claim as many players from waivers as they want, and they retain priority. The Browns essentially get first dibs on every player. They will stay in that position through Week 3 of the regular season.
Any player with at least four years of service that is released is not subject to the waiver process. They immediately become free agents and can sign with any team.
The Eagles used the waiver wire after final cuts last year. Philadelphia claimed Bryce Treggs, Terrence Brooks, and Kamu Grugier-Hill. KGH is still on the team. Treggs and Brooks were both seriously pushing for roster spots this summer.
If the Eagles are awarded any players from waivers, they’ll need to make more cuts from their current roster to make room for the new additions.
Eagles waiver wire targets
I’d think the Eagles will focus on running back and offensive line depth. Last year, two of the players the Eagles claimed were rookies. This is the chance for Philadelphia to get their hands on a player(s) that might have missed out on in the 2017 NFL Draft. The veteran player the Eagles claimed last year had an obvious connection to Joe Douglas. Something to keep in mind.
Here are some names of interest: RB Matt Jones, RB Alex Collins, RB Jeremy McNichols, RB Kenjon Barner, C J.J. Dielman, CB Pierre Desir, OL T.J. Clemmings.