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Eagles roster analysis: Position-by-position breakdown following cut down to 53 players

Thoughts on the Eagles’ decision.

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Roster cut down day is always an eventful time in the NFL and Saturday was no exception. The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t do anything too crazy but they did trim their roster down to 53 players so Michael Kist and I got together to analyze the team’s decisions on the latest BGN Radio episode. You can listen by using the embed below or [CLICKING HERE]:

And here are some of the topics we discussed in our position-by-position breakdown.


Is it safe to say the Clayton Thorson pick was a waste? Should the team bring in a different developmental quarterback for the practice squad?


It’s crazy to think the Eagles cutting their top two leading rushers from last year — Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood — was such an easy decision. Really speaks to the improvement the team has made in the backfield.

Should the Eagles re-sign LeSean McCoy? It sure doesn’t seem likely to happen.


The big decision here was the Eagles keeping Mack Hollins over Greg Ward. Did the team make the right call? (Spoiler: Yes.)


The Eagles only keeping two tight ends was a surprise. Who does the team added behind Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert? Luke Willson and Charles Scarff could be among the names worth watching.


Stefen Wisniewski was arguably the Eagles’ most notable cut. He didn’t really earn his roster spot after having a bad summer, though. Nate Herbig managed to supplant him.


The Eagles went heavy at defensive end and Howie Roseman had some very effusive praise for both Vinny Curry and Daeshon Hall. The team seems to like their pass rush rotation more than outsiders do. Did the Eagles make the right move by not trading for Jadeveon Clowney?

And speaking of Clowney, the Texans made a crazy trade during the podcast! Mike and I both reacted in disbelief to the big news live as it happened.


The Treyvon Hester cut is a bummer. Should the Eagles have kept him? Roseman admitted keeping only four defensive tackles bodes well for Fletcher Cox playing in Week 1, which is great news.


On the flip side to the Cox analysis, the Eagles kept six linebackers. That might not bode well for Nigel Bradham playing in Week 1. Who are the starters if both Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill can’t play? And why is Nathan Gerry still around? Can the Eagles convince Alex Singleton to stay on the practice squad?


The Eagles only keeping four healthy corners seems to indicate Ronald Darby will play Week 1. Will the Eagles re-sign Orlando Scandrick? Will Cre’Von LeBlanc go on injured reserve? And when will Jalen Mills come back?


Rudy Ford is the biggest surprise addition to the Eagles’ roster. Roseman was really talking up his special teams ability.

Warning: a compensatory pick discussion breaks out during this part of the podcast.

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