Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/31/12

After the final cuts were made on Friday, it was clear they made some big moves, and have a lot of confidence in some first-year Eagles.

However, there were three players that stood out, that the Eagles may need later this year.

 3. LB Ryan Rau

Last night I wrote about Rau's quickness and how he is a perfect fit into the Eagles' scheme.

Unfortunately Reid and Castillo didn't see it that way. The Eagles are once again thin at linebacker, after the release of Ryan.

He was a speedster, clearly not a starter, but showed plenty of promise. So much promise, that in Thursday's game it seemed announcer Brian Baldinger couldn't stop saying his name.

He was all over the field, making play after play. He was stopping runs on third-and-short and showed great flashes of strength and getting a jump on the ball. I'm sure Rau will find somewhere to play, it just wont be in the city of Brotherly Love.

2. TE Brett Brackett

Brackett is another player I spoke highly of in Thursday night's article, reviewing the Jets game. I thought he most definitely has a roster spot guaranteed, and would be a vital part to the Eagles' offense with quarterbacks now looking to tight ends as safety blankets more and more. 

Brackett has great hands, and showed great vision as he was able to haul in a couple touchdowns this preseason, most recently a toe-dragger in the corner of the end zone.

Brent Celek is a clear No. 1 tight end and Clay Harbor has locked down the No. 2 position, but that doesn't mean the Eagles shouldn't have a third tight end on the roster for emergencies.

Vick, as always, will be facing quite a bit of nasty defensive lines and will have to get the ball out of his hands quickly. 

Brackett was a safety valve all of preseason and looked to bring it into the 2012 regular season. There is unfortunately, no room for a number three tight end on the Philadelphia Eagles.

1. CB Joselio Hanson

Two years in a row, Joselio Hanson was cut after the preseason for the Eagles. Obviously in 2011 he was brought back, but things don't look the same in 2012. The Eagles selected fourth-rounder Brandon Boykin and look for him to fill the shoes of six-year vet Hanson.

Hanson seemed to outplay Boykin in the preseason, but apparently the coaches saw it differently. Boykin does have the speed and raw talent, but Hanson is experienced, and one the best slot corners in the league.

Widely respected all throughout the NFL. Hopefully Boykin can hit the ground running in Cleveland come Week 1, if not, Hanson might get another call from the Eagles. 

 



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