Eagles Final Roster Cuts Thread
Updated: Aug 31, 2021
After their 3rd and final preseason game on Tuesday, the Eagles will have to trim their roster down from 80 to 53 by Tuesday at 4 PM.
If you have not already, check out my 53 man roster prediction from Saturday, where I broke down all the potential tough cuts and who I think makes it.
This article will be regularly updated when the Eagles make their cuts. Wether that be news about a potential signing/trade or just a regular cut/practice squad assignment that the Eagles make.
Tuesday, 3:00 PM: The Eagles release John Hightower, Andrew Adams
John Hightower, a 2020 5th Round Pick, has been waived and is a prime
practice squad candidate (per Dave Zangaro and John Clark). Andrew DiCecco also reports that rookie DT Marlon Tuipulotu has made the inital 53 man roster. Mike Kaye also reports that both Tarron Jackson and Josiah Scott have impressed coaches and both have stronger than reported chances of making the roster. John Clark has confirmed that saftey Andrew Adams has been cut, bringing the roster down to 65.
My quick reactions are that it seems JJ Arcega Whiteside has made the 53 man roster as WR5. I personally would’ve kept either of John Hightower or Travis Fulgham over JJAW, but Sirianni and his staff clearly think the Stanford product has more to offer. I also think Fulgham ends up being claimed based off his hot stretch last year, and my best guess is that John Hightower starts the season on the Practice Squad. Tuipulotu is a suprise for me, I expected him to be another practice squad guy. Adams was reportedly flashing in camp, but his release bodes well for a player like Elijah Riley to make the 53.
Tuesday, 2:09 PM: The Eagles are waiving WR Travis Fulgham(Mike Garafolo).
WOW. After a stretch of games last year where Fulgham looked like the best WR in the NFL, he is now being waived. Garafolo also noted that he has a high chance to be on the practice squad if he clears waivers. Fulgham came into camp almost seeming like a guarantee to make the roster, but he disappointed heavily in joint practices and games. He made a few big plays, but was never able to produce consistency. This would seemingly open the door for JJ Arcega-Whiteside and/or John Hightower to make the team. I would think Fulgham would get claimed by another team, but at this point, who knows. Roster is down to 67.
Tuesday, 11:00 AM: The Eagles are trading OL Matt Pryor and a 2022 7th Round Pick to the Colts in exchange for a 2022 6th Round Pick(@Eagles).
There were reports about the Eagles potentially trading some Offensive Line depth yesterday, and here is a move that reflects that. Pryor always had the potential of being a versatile tackle, but never lived up to it and played really awful last year in games. The Colts get some depth at a position that they have seemed to have a lot of injuries recently, and the Eagles get a pick for a guy who was going to be cut anyway. Seems good for both sides. Roster down to 68. Tuesday, 8:29 AM: The Eagles have cut DT Raequan Williams(Mike Kaye).
Williams signed here as an UDFA last year out of Michigan State, and actually played a couple games with the Eagles in 2020. Unfortunately the depth at DT is pretty big so there isn't really a spot for him on the active roster. Roster is down to 69.
Tuesday, 7:36 AM: The Eagles are releasing RB/KR Jason Huntley(Tom Pelissero).
Huntley seemed to have an inside track to make the roster early in camp, due to his ability in the kick returning game. But after an injury he lost a lot of ground, and now he will hit waivers. Huntley is still 23 years old, so any team that wants him has a lot of time to develop him. Roster down to 70.
Tuesday, 5:04 AM: The Eagles waived CB Craig James(Tom Pelissero).
Well, here is the first one that I got wrong. It doesnt shock me though, I just thought James would make it due to his special teams ability. This leads me to believe the Eagles will ether only keep 4 corners, or they will pick up a corner off waivers. I'm assuming they'll want to bring him back on the practice squad. Roster is down to 71.
Monday, 9:55 PM: Australian DE Matt Leo will be cut and the Eagles intend to use the international pathway exemption with him on the practice squad(Mike Kaye).
As expected, Matt Leo will continue through the international pathway system and be cut, but will stay on the practice squad. I know this all seems confusing, but just think of him on the PS, expect he wont count for a spot. The Eagles will basically have 17 players on their practice squad. Leo had an up and down camp but was OK against the Jets. Roster still at 72 because he is exempt.
Monday, 8:49 PM: The Eagles are releasing WR Andre Patton(Matt Lombardo).
The first WR domino has fallen... if you even want to count this. Waiving Patton was a pretty obvious move, but the Eagles should try to get him on their practice squad. Patton was signed midway through camp, mainly because he had a previous connection with Nick Sirianni and Shane Steichen. Patton actually had a pretty solid camp, but it was an uphill battle in a crowded WR room. He formed a nice connection with Joe Flacco in camp. Roster down to 72.
Monday, 8:13 PM: The Eagles are waiving OL Ross Pierschbacher(Mike Garafolo).
Pierschbacher signed with the Eagles late last season from Washington, but never had any time in a game. He is a potential practice squad candidate, but it will be close. He also has the longest last name in Eagles history, so thats cool. Roster is down to 73.
Monday, 7:55 PM: The Eagles have released CB Michael Jacquet(Dave Zangaro).
After a relatively disappointing camp, the Eagles are releasing Jacquet. Jacquet was picked on heavily in the two games he played last season, although it was against receivers like Deandre Hopkins and Amari Cooper. Jacquet didn't do anything in joint practices to increase his stock, and was beat for a touchdown in the game against the Jets. He could end up on the practice squad if he clears waivers. Roster is down to 74.
Monday, 1:28 PM: OL Landon Dickerson has been activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list and S Rodney McLeod has been activated from the Active/PUP list.
Wow. I did not expect this. Both Landon Dickerson and Rodney McLeod have been activated, meaning they will both be on the 53 man roster when the season begins. Rodney is not as big a surprise, but he did tear his ACL in December and now will be practicing with the team soon. We'll see if he is on track to start Week 1 against Atlanta. Dickerson was a total surprise to me however, who is stretching and practicing with the team as we speak. He also tore his ACL, earlier last season, and had not been practicing at all during the preseason. I thought that he would ether stay on the NFI list all season or be placed on IR, but this means that he is way closer to a return then expected. Although I had Rodney on my projected 53, Landon wasn't on it, and it puts some of the borderline players on the brink of being cut.
Sunday, 10:25 AM: Eagles have waived TE Cary Angeline, DE JaQuan Bailey, RB Elijah Holyfield, WR Marken Michel and LB Rashad Smith(per the Eagles).
The Eagles are starting their cuts early this year, cutting 5 players to bring their roster down to 75. Bailey and Smith were merely camp bodies, whereas Angeline was signed recently by the Eagles after Tyree Jackson went down with a injury that will sideline him for 8-10 weeks. Michel was also signed late in camp, but did not do enough to prove that he deserves to be in a crowded wideout room. Holyfield is an interesting one this early, because you would think that the Eagles want to get him on their practice squad. By releasing him while some teams still have preseason games to play, the Eagles could potentially sneak the flashy running back onto the PS. We'll keep you updated if any of these guys make it there.