Ladies and gentlemen, the cuts have begun. The Philadelphia Eagles roster now stands at 56 after the team announced the release of 19 players on Friday.
Those who did not make the final 53-man roster include:
S Oshiomogho Atogwe
TE Brett Brackett
LB Keenan Clayton
DT Landon Cohen
TE Chase Ford
WR Mardy Gilyard
WR Chad Hall
CB Joselio Hanson
FB Emil Igwenagu
T D.J. Jones
WR Marvin McNutt
LB Adrian Moten
DT Ollie Ogbu
LB Ryan Rau
DE Monte Taylor
S Phillip Thomas
DT Frank Trotter
G/C Steve Vallos
G Brandon Washington
The biggest surprise on the list is cornerJoselio Hanson. Might the Eagles plan to bring him back on to the squad as they did last year?
The biggest disappointment is likely OJ Atogwe, who simply could not remain healthy. That fact leaves the Eagles where they started before signing Atogwe, which is having concerns at the safety position.
It’s a shame that Hall didn’t make it, as he had a great camp and preseason. There was so much talent at the wide receiver position, including from rookie Damaris Johnson, that it simply couldn’t work.
These early cuts give us little insight into what will be the toughest/highest profile decisions on the team–defensive line and quarterback. The Eagles are said to be furiously working the phones to work out trades for some players so as not to lose them outright. We’ll have to keep guessing a few more hours as to who stays and who goes.
Brackett, Ford, Hall, Igwenagu, Jones, McNutt, Ogbu, Rau, Taylor, Thomas, Trotter and Washington all have practice squad eligibility.
In addition, the Eagles and G Mike Gibson reached an injury settlement and he has been released from their Injured Reserve list.
The Eagles have until 9 pm ET to make decisions on the final three players.
Brandyn Campbell is writer and founder of the Eagles blog Philly Sports Muse. Follow her on Twitter at @sports_muse and on Facebook.