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Official: Eagles announce 22 roster moves to get down to 53 players

The cuts are in.

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The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced a bunch of roster moves on Tuesday afternoon in order to cut down to the regular season 53-player limit. Here’s an overview of all the action.

RESERVE/COVID-19

DT T.Y. McGill

RESERVE/INJURED

S Blake Countess

RELEASED

The following players were not “waived” because they’re vested veterans and are now free to sign with any team.

TE Richard Rodgers

OT Le’Raven Clark

RB Jordan Howard

CB Kevon Seymour

DT Hassan Ridgeway

S Andrew Adams

QB Nick Mullens

WAIVED

The following players are subject to waivers.

S Elijah Riley

LB JaCoby Stevens

OG Sua Opeta

S Grayland Arnold

OL Kayode Awosika

WR John Hightower

WR Travis Fulgham

DT Raequan Williams

RB Jason Huntley

CB Craig James

DE Matt Leo

WR Andre Patton

OL Ross Pierschbacher

CB Michael Jacquet III

RB Elijah Holyfield

WR Marken Michel

TE Cary Angeline

DE JaQuan Bailey

LB Rashad Smith


ANALYSIS

  • I’m proud of the Eagles for not keeping Jordan Howard on the original 53-man roster. Doing so would’ve made no sense since he’s not likely to be signed by another team. The Eagles can bring him back after they clear some roster spots if they really want to do so. In the meantime, they’ll roll with three running backs.
  • Richard Rodgers is another candidate to return in the near future or after Week 1 in order to prevent his 2021 salary from being guaranteed as a vested vet. This assuming the Eagles still look to trade Zach Ertz.
  • The Eagles could look to bring Le’Raven Clark back considering he outplayed Andre Dillard. But the Eagles might be in jeopardy of losing him with the Colts dealing with some offensive tackle injuries.
  • Andrew Adams could potentially come back on the practice squad since the Eagles could use some extra safety depth.
  • Tyree Jackson being kept on the roster confirms he’ll be eligible to return this season. Had the Eagles put him on IR before these cuts, he’d have been out for the season (like Countess now is). Correct decision not to shut him down for the year.
  • Congratulations to Jack Stoll, the only Eagles UDFA signing to make the 53-man roster.
  • Elijah Riley getting waived is a surprise. He provided depth at safety and looked good on special teams. Maybe the Eagles are thinking no one will claim him since he was recently banged up.
  • Sua Opeta is a noteworthy waiving since he was on the roster bubble. The Eagles notably decided to keep extra tackle depth by rostering Brett Toth instead. Toth’s presence could signal a Dillard trade is eventually coming, as it should.
  • JaCoby Stevens is the only pick from the Eagles’ 2021 NFL Draft class NOT to make the roster. The other eight rookies are on ... for now, at least. Philly will likely look to bring Stevens back on the practice squad.
  • Marlon Tuipulotu’s roster spot could be in danger should the Eagles find an upgrade on waivers. Mr. T was really bad in the preseason so the bar there shouldn’t be too high. Or the team might just replace him with McGill after the vet is cleared to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Tarron Jackson made the roster after being on the bubble. Had a strong showing in the final preseason game.
  • The Eagles are keeping seven linebackers! For now, at least. It was previously reported they’re getting calls on some of them, which is surprising. Davion Taylor will go to IR to free up a roster spot in the interim so it’s really just six healthy ones.
  • Genard Avery made the team for the second year in a row despite not looking amazing in camp and being hurt.
  • Josiah Scott is yet another player on the bubble who made it.
  • Not going to say it’s convenient for anyone to ever be on the COVID-19 list but this timing worked out favorably for the Eagles and McGill. They had a tough decision to make on him since he looked good in camp but he’s a vested vet and they might not want to keep him on the original 53.
  • Kayode Awosika could be in jeopardy of being claimed. The Eagles will be happy if he makes it through waivers.
  • John Hightower and Travis Fulgham just didn’t do enough to earn roster spots.
  • Hopefully the Eagles can get Jason Huntley through to the practice squad.