The Philadelphia Eagles officially waived five players on Sunday evening: wide receiver Shelton Gibson, wide receiver Marcus Green, defensive end Daeshon Hall, defensive tackle Albert Huggins, and cornerback/returner Tremon Smith.
These cuts come several days after the Eagles parted ways with Khalil Tate, Trevor Williams, and Keegan Render. The roster is now down to 82 players (plus international exemption Matt Leo).
In a normal year, the Eagles would’ve been able to bring these players to camp and given them a shot to make the 53-man roster. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, teams are basically required to cut down to 80 players ahead of training camp. (Teams are permitted to carry 90 until August 16 if they use a split squad setup. The Eagles clearly aren’t going that route.)
Hall is the most surprising cut from the group. He looked really good in the preseason last year. He didn’t play much in the 2019 regular season, though, and he unluckily suffered an ACL tear on the final Week 17 snap. There was thought the team would just stash him away on PUP to start the 2020 season but clearly that won’t be the case.
Gibson, Green, Huggins, and Smith were all long shots to make the roster. Still, it’s a shame they won’t at least get the chance to make a roster push in Philly.
Here’s what we previously wrote about all five waived players in our 2020 preview series.
This is probably going to be Gibson’s last offseason spent with the Eagles. The 2017 fifth-round pick is fighting an uphill battle with what could be his last shot.
The Eagles signed Green to their practice squad early during the 2019 season. He’s a long shot.
It’s really unfortunate that Hall suffered an ACL tear during garbage time on the Eagles’ final regular season snap. He seems bound to begin the 2020 season on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). He’ll be required to miss at least six games. We’ll see if the Eagles choose to activate him to the roster or not after that.
Huggy Bear spent some time on the Eagles’ roster and practice squad last season. The 2019 undrafted rookie free agent will be competing for a depth job in 2020.
Smith doesn’t have much defensive playing experience but the 2018 sixth-round pick does offer kick return ability. Smith has logged 46 attempts for a respectable 25.8 average. The Eagles have an opening at kick returner but Smith is a long shot to make the team.
In order to get down to 80, the Eagles could look to place Brandon Brooks on injured reserve since they still haven’t officially done that yet. That’d make 81 players. It’s not perfectly clear if placing Alshon Jeffery on PUP would put them down to 80 since, in normal years, training camp PUP still counts towards the 90 limit.
The Eagles are set to fully report to the NovaCare Complex for training camp this Tuesday, July 28.