UPDATE: The Eagles officially waived the following four players to get down to 81: wide receiver Hakeem Butler, center Harry Crider, wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon, and cornerback Lavert Hill.
No surprises from this group. Butler is the most noteworthy name since some thought highly of him heading into the 2019 NFL Draft and the Eagles planned on moving him to tight end. But that transition didn’t end up happening and Butler mostly struggled in camp. Crider always figured to be a camp body but his departure means the Eagles are down to three original UDFA signings remaining on their roster: Jack Stoll, Kayode Awosika, and JaQuan Bailey.
The Eagles still must open up one more roster spot ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
As part of the NFL’s new roster cuts procedure, teams were required to trim down from 90 to 85 players last week. The next round of cuts is soon approaching with clubs needing to be maxed out at 80 players before 4:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, August 24.
The Philadelphia Eagles are currently at 83 players after waiving wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon and cornerback Lavert Hill on Sunday evening.
Ausbon was an undrafted rookie free agent signing out of Texas A&M. He didn’t do a whole lot in camp and was clearly buried deep down the receiver depth. The 21-year-old was the youngest player on the roster.
The Eagles originally signed Hill to their practice squad late last season. He made a couple plays in camp but he was always a long shot to make the roster.
In other roster cut news (... or non-news), there was also a report prior to Sunday’s practice that Blake Countess had been released. But he was seen practicing and that tweet has since been deleted. Countess won’t make the 53 but we’ll see if he sticks around the cut down to 80. He could very well be one of the three players the Eagles cut today or tomorrow.
One would think Philly might get a jump on their cuts since they’re traveling to Florham Park, New Jersey to practice the New York Jets starting on Tuesday. It seems like it would be weird for them to bring some of the players with them just to cut them right after practice.
Following the cut down to 80, NFL teams will be required to meet the regular season max capacity of 53 players prior to 4:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, August 31.