Final Roster – For Now

Posted: September 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 78 Comments »

QB: (3) Vick, Young, Kafka
RB: (4) McCoy, Brown, Lewis, Schmitt
TE: (2) Celek, Harbor
WR: (5) Jackson, Maclin, Avant, Smith, Cooper
OT: (4) Peters, Herremans, Dunlap, Justice
OG: (3) Mathis, Watkins, Vandervelde
OC: (2) Kelce, Jackson

DE: (5) Cole, Babin, Parker, Tapp, Hunt
DT; (5) Jenkins, Patterson, Dixon, Laws, Thornton
LB: (6) Chaney, Fokou, Matthews, Rolle, Clayton, Jordan
S: (5) Coleman, Page, Allen, Jarrett, Anderson
CB: (6) Asomugha, Samuel, DRC, Hughes, Marsh, Lindley

ST: (3) Henery, Henry, Dorenbos

PUP:   Brandon Graham

Here are the players who were cut:

WR Johnnie Lee Higgins
WR Sinorice Moss
WR Chad Hall
RB Eldra Buckley
TE Donald Lee
OL Mike McGlynn
OL Reggie Wells
OL Fenuki Tupou

DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
DT Derek Landri
DT Anthony Hargrove
MLB Greg Lloyd
S Marlin Jackson
S Jamar Adams
CB Joselio Hanson

OT Ryan Harris waived / injured

OT Winston Justice activated from the PUP list.

78 Comments on “Final Roster – For Now”

  1. 1 ubrab said at 6:21 PM on September 3rd, 2011:


    My best guess is that the Eagles are scanning the waiver wire for:

    – a PR if possible PR/KR
    – Potentially a MLB

    Who are the players out in those cases ? I have a hard time picturing them cutting Thornton after cutting Landri and Hargrove to make room for him. My best guess is:
    – Lindley
    – Colt Anderson
    – Juqua Parker

    In that order. Thoughts ?

    And if we’re not getting any PR, what’s the plan ? Play Desean at PR until someone (D.Lewis ?) is learning the job ?

  2. 2 Stephen said at 6:21 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Feels weird that we might have Jackson returning punts again this year. Also we feel a little light at OL and heavy at safety. Colt Anderson over a return specialist is an interesting choice but hopefully there will be enough kicks taken out to make it worthwhile.

  3. 3 eagles nut said at 6:24 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    We have 9 on the OL. That’s pretty standard.

  4. 4 Morton said at 6:25 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    2010 NFL Draft:

    Brandon Graham (1st rnd picks #24, 2nd rnd picks #70 and #87): On PUP list with potentially career-ending injury

    Nate Allen (2nd rnd pick #37): Demoted to 2nd-string.

    Daniel Teo-Nesheim (3rd rnd pick #86): Cut.

    Trevard Lindley (4th rnd pick #105): Nth-string CB.

    Maybe the Eagles should just forfeit all of their picks higher than the 5th round in every draft.

  5. 5 Tommy Lawlor said at 6:28 PM on September 3rd, 2011:


  6. 6 mark said at 6:31 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Think Anderson should be listed as a 4th st rather than a 5th s because that’s why we kept him, which I wouldn”t have done. Glad we kept the 3 young cbs rather than pay Hanson about $2M as a dime cb. Surprised Parker survived based on similar logic. Agreed with you about only keeping 5 lbs not 6. They are probably concerned as much about Matthews as they are about Kelce and maybe Watkins.

  7. 7 Marc G said at 6:31 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Defensive Ends.

    Tommy –

    There’s some age at that position.

    Babin and Parker at 30-plus.

    TCole is 29 this year.

    And Graham is a another 18 months from being at his best.

    My point: Hunt’s a kid compared to these guys. He’s not someone the Eagles should part ways with when Graham returns.

    Especially given the Birds’ track record in the draft at DE

  8. 8 ian no. 2 said at 6:33 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Congrats to eagles nut for winning the roster sweepstakes despite not striking paydirt on the no-FB prediction..

    Eagles nut – 3 wrong
    Tommy – 4
    I no. 2 – 4
    PhxPhilly – 5

  9. 9 Tommy Lawlor said at 6:40 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    eagles nut cheated. You can clearly see he’s on steroids. My body is a temple.

  10. 10 Jalarsen1 said at 6:43 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Surprised we cut both Landri and Hargrove. I’m taking that to mean they really expect Laws to be productive and not injured, which is good news. I like Laws.

    Also, the DTN cut bothers me. Not the fact that he was cut, but moreso the fact that we used a 3rd round pick on him just last year. I don’t follow college ball, but it seemed at the time that we really reached for him. I get that you want your guy, but Tommy, didn’t you have him pegged as a mid-round prospect? I just think we could have grabbed him in the 5th, and then cutting him a year later wouldn’t seem as wasteful

  11. 11 nicolajNN said at 6:44 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    The beat writers are reporting that Parker restructured his contract as well.

  12. 12 Anders said at 6:45 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    That would be fantastic if he did 🙂

  13. 13 Eaglesfanatlarge said at 6:48 PM on September 3rd, 2011:


    Parker is only good for the first few games of the season. He looks great early in the year, but wears down fast. When Graham comes off the PUP they will cut Parker. Also, I don’t think they are too concerned about Kelce and Watkins. They only kept 2 backups to cover the 3 interior line spots. If they had any worries there, they would have kept McGlynn or Wells.

  14. 14 mark said at 6:51 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Week 1 inactives based on current roster:
    vandervelde (all year except for injuries)
    thornton (all year except for injuries)
    marsh (all year except for injuries )
    justice (until he’s healthy)
    smith (until he’s healthy)
    hughes or lindley
    hunt or parker

  15. 15 Baloophi said at 6:55 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    @ Mark

    There’s a beautiful, triangular shape to your post. Well done, sir.

  16. 16 Baloophi said at 6:56 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    @ myself

    Please don’t take the last post out of context. Thank you.

  17. 17 mark said at 6:59 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Agree Parker is gone if/when Graham returns this year.
    No need to keep Wells as he was “on the street” before we signed him recently indicating there is little league-wide interest in him. He will be available if needed. I like McGlynn so I’m sure someone will sign him after week one.

  18. 18 Austinfan said at 7:02 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Don’t assume Graham will return at all, they’ll look at him just before the bye week and make a decision, if he’s not 100% they’ll keep Parker and IR Graham.

    Allen will probably back up until the bye week, and if his knee is close to 100% will start again unless Page is lights out the first six games.

    Thorton was the only big surprise, they must really like him to stash him.

  19. 19 ian no. 2 said at 7:09 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Don’t think they would have kept Parker’s contract if they were only were going to use him for the first half.

  20. 20 Tommy Lawlor said at 7:13 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    @ Baloophi…

    Please consider that post already taken out of context.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  21. 21 Tommy Lawlor said at 7:15 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    My personal inactives:


    either Allen or Clayton, depending on Nate’s health

  22. 22 Dan said at 7:17 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    @10 Jalarsen1 pretty much every Draft analyst thought we reached big time on DTN, and I believe even Tommy himself said he felt we went too high on him (though with his usual, “If the Eagles liked him…” positivity [not a criticism]).

    But high is always relative too. If the Eagles really valued him, they may have known someone (perhaps the Titans/Wash who had a pick at the end of that round) someone would jump on him and didn’t want to risk a guy they had high on their board. The Jags last year took Alualu waaayyyy too high according to all pundits, but if he was a guy they valued and they thought he was gone before their next pick, they must’ve felt like he was the right pick.

    But I’m with you, sucks to blow a 3rd and then throw it away. The top part of that draft last year looks pretty rough…

  23. 23 Shawn said at 7:40 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    I never liked DTO, had the same feeling about him as I did with Bryan Smith.

  24. 24 Cvd said at 7:44 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    I’m kind of with u Morton on teo and our early picks. It seems 3rd round picks seem to never work out. Maybe that’s why we always start moving back after our first 2 picks.

    I think we draft ok but some picks just make no sense. The whole world thought we reached for teo. Most said he was a late round sleeper, but they meant 6th round. Watching teo I never felt he could b good and I am the optimistic type. Teo just looked slow with no burst and he seemed to always play high. That was supposed to be a deep draft and we straight wasted a pick

  25. 25 Cvd said at 7:46 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Sorry got cut off

    But u can’t say bg and Allen were bad picks, just bad luck. I actually love those picks but it is what it is. Everyone would have loved us to get amuakamora and he never played a reg season snap

  26. 26 theguyotc said at 7:54 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    As I said on twitter, as far as Te’o goes they could have had drafted CB Brandon Ghee or LB Rennie Curran, and be cutting one of them today instead.

    Both guys were taken right after Te’o, both were positions the Eagles targeted in their next two picks, and both were cut in the past day.

  27. 27 Stan said at 7:57 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    We traded two 3rd rounders to move up for Graham. We didn’t use a 2nd rounder. Also the only player drafted from rounds 3-4 that jump out at you are Tony Moeki and Aaron Hernandez.

  28. 28 Kevin (RC) said at 7:59 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    The beauty of constantly trading down and accumulating picks is that we’re not pushed for frankly a below-average performance drafting in the first round since 1999 (McNabb: Home Run).

    That’s still one heck a roster on paper. What’s sad is had we traded up to get Pouncey to play RG, we’d be set.

  29. 29 Thunderlips said at 7:59 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    I feel a possible out of nowhere move coming. We’re heavy on Defense (27 on D vs 23 on O) and we have no PR (aside from Desean and Maclin). Could we be targeting a returner released from another team and looking to trade a Defender (Samuel?)?

  30. 30 Ifgu said at 8:06 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Any players cut today that you think the Eagles will take a look at?

  31. 31 -Triumph- said at 8:25 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Brandon Tate, perhaps.

  32. 32 Williamsport Eagle said at 9:17 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    @ Tommy

    Any reason why we wouldn’t take a long look at Meriweather? Word is his attitude isn’t great, but I get the sense that the only team that would have cut the guy is the get-on-board-or-get-out Patriots.

    Also, I think looking at the team that cut a particular players can say a lot about him. After all, there’s a large portion of Cincinnati’s team that wouldn’t sniff the Patriots roster

  33. 33 Cafone said at 9:21 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    The nice thing about a huge reach in the 3rd round is you don’t have to worry about them not clearing waivers if you want to put them on the practice squad after you cut them.

  34. 34 eagleizeit said at 9:32 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    I appreciate the Eagles 4 cutting Teo instead of being stubborn and wasting a roster spot for a couple more yrs. like they used to; for the players they picked in or close to the 3rd rd. Part of me is convinced there focus is the 4th rd. & want to play the fool in the 3rd rd. area to throw other teams off guard & maybe save money. Accept for S and RB they have 4th rounders in every position group. Cole DL, Herraman OL, Celek & Harbor TE, Avant WR, Kafka QB, Mathews & Klayton LB, Lindley CB and Henry ST. In 2010 draft AR mentioned they were rewarding the scouts by letting them make the picks in the 7th rd. That’s probably why we have Chaney, Fokou and Coleman. This yrs. draft was different, they decided who they were going to get b4 the draft started. They weren’t looking 4 best players available. Maybe due to the lockout they had more time to study and get attached to the rookies; that’s probably why the biggest reach was Jarrett, who happens to be the easiest to get to know(being from Temple).

    Keeping C. Thorton is confusing. If they put him on the PS now it’s a lot more likely someone takes him. I was hoping they’d think outside the box a little & had Brown/Harbor share time at FB so they could keep Donald Lee who’d probably help keep the ball moving & be a reliable threat in the Red Zone. Could’ve made difference btwn winning/losing maybe.

    Don’t like message they’re sending to team with the Landri/Hargrove cuts. Try your hardest, out play 3 or 4 players who made roster. doesn’t matter, jobs are predetermined.

  35. 35 Alohadelphia said at 9:38 PM on September 3rd, 2011:


    Agreed that our first four picks have had strange “careers” over the past few years, but you can’t really hate on a second round pick being demoted while returning to 100% from a blown out knee. You also can’t really complain about Lindley because I’m positive if we didn’t pick up DRC and Nnamdi, you would have been like, “How is a 2nd year 4th round pick starting for us at CB? Uuuuuuugh.”

  36. 36 Kammich said at 10:00 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    I’m extremely pleased that Laws made the team. I hold out hope that he’ll return to full strength and justify the decision(Hargrove and Landri looked very good in the preseason). I’m rooting for him.

    Thornton was a guy I (and most others) had a 3rd-4th round grade on. I know Tommy loved him. Bill Parcells loved him. And obviously, the Eagles love him enough to keep him over guys like Tony and Landri that have extensive NFL experience.

    As for Te’o, I’m a bit surprised. I thought there was still some upside there, but considering that Washburn supposedly loved him while in Tennessee and lobbied for the Titans to draft him–he clearly didn’t see what he wanted to see from Te’o in training camp and the pre-season, or else he’d still be here. I’m latching on to Hunt now. I wanna see that dude kick some ass in the NFL.

  37. 37 Kammich said at 10:03 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Also, color me surprised that we kept Colt Anderson. Between the diminished emphasis of kickoff returns and the fact that we kept some solid ST contributors like Akeem Jordan, I definitely thought he’d be gone. The Eagles don’t typically keep 5 safeties, do they?

    I like Colt, though. I just wish he’d change his number to 45 so that I could reference Billy Dee Williams every time he made a tackle.

  38. 38 eagleizeit said at 10:04 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    I agree with you accept for Teo. I saw somewhere like a week or two ago that 4 of the 9 1st rd DL picks got injured 4 the yr. One had ACL like Graham, one broke his foot I think and can’t remember what happened to the 4th guy. Graham, Nate and Lindley looked real good last yr. I thought Lindley should’ve been the starting RCB the last few games.

  39. 39 Riley said at 10:06 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Last year I was annoyed with the Eagles when they let go of Macho Harris and Quintin Demps. I didn’t understand how the Eagles could cut 2 young guys with that much potential and experience over a 7th rounder who hadn’t shown anything in preseason- Jamar Chaney. I was also sad to see Jeff Owens go. 1 year later those 3 players couldn’t land a job anywhere else and Jamar ended up being a good player.

    Maybe I shouldn’t be upset with seeing Hanson, Lamdri and McGlynn go over a guy who has shown nothing- Cedric Thornton.

  40. 40 FalKirk said at 10:08 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Morton said at 6:25 pm on September 3rd, 2011:

    “2010 NFL Draft:

    Brandon Graham (1st rnd picks #24, 2nd rnd picks #70 and #87): On PUP list with potentially career-ending injury

    Nate Allen (2nd rnd pick #37): Demoted to 2nd-string.

    Daniel Teo-Nesheim (3rd rnd pick #86): Cut.

    Trevard Lindley (4th rnd pick #105): Nth-string CB.

    Maybe the Eagles should just forfeit all of their picks higher than the 5th round in every draft.”

    With all due respect, Morton, you are the worst kind of 20/20 hindsight jerk. Were the Eagle supposed to anticipate that Grahm and Allen were going to get hurt?

    Teo-Nesheim is certainly a legitimate bust, but can you find me a team that kept all of their draft picks from the the 2010 draft? Busts are a routine part of every draft.

    Finally, the Eagles obtained two of the finest cornerbacks in the league to go along with their existing pro bowl cornerback. With quality players like that, are you surprised that Trevard Lindley is struggling to break into the starting lineup?

    You probably know 10 times more football than I do, but I can spot an over officious know-it-all when I see one. Ease up on the Eagles’ draft and try to put things in context. I think you’d be a bit surprised at how well the Eagles have been drafting if you compared them to other teams instead of comparing them to perfection.

  41. 41 netherman said at 10:18 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    OLine is still my biggest concern. Reviews of Watkins in Jets game ranged from terrible to OK playing against backups. I like the kid, but I would feel better if we had a plan B there. Wonder if there are any cuts or backups from Colts that Mudd liked we could obtain.

  42. 42 Tommy Lawlor said at 10:31 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Sorry I’ve been quiet. Mixing cuts and opening Saturday of college football is rough on me.

    RE: Brandon Meriweather

    I haven’t been a huge fan of his…ever. Didn’t care all that much for him at Miami. He is talented. Productive player in the NFL. Obviously he’s done something to piss Bill Belichick off. Not sure if it is blown assignments or he’s just not smart enough to handle BB’s complex gameplans.

    I’m fine with our Safeties. I’ve been high on Kurt Coleman for a while. Jarrad Page, another Pats castoff, has looked good. I’m still a very big Nate Allen fan. He just needs to get healthy. Jarrett…he’s grown on me , but won’t be much of a factor this year.

    I’m not all that interested in Brandon. Eagles did want him in 2007, but different GM, defensive system, and coaches. Not sure if we have any interest.

  43. 43 Thunderlips said at 10:32 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Still on the roster from the last 5 drafts (lots of home-runs, but lots of strike-outs too).

    2006: Justice, Avant
    2007: Celek
    2008: Laws, Jackson, Dunlap
    2009: Maclin, McCoy, Fokou, Dixon (UDFA via Skins)
    2010: Graham (PUP), Allen, Lindly, Clayton, Kafka, Harbor, Cooper, Chaney, Coleman

    Starters: Celek, Jackson, Maclin, McCoy, Fokou, Coleman

    06′-09′ were very boom or bust, jury is still out on 2010.

  44. 44 Cvd said at 10:35 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Mort makes some good points but it’s when u blame the eagles for drafting guys that get hurt that makes people jump all over u.

    Rookies get hurt constantly. If u draft an injury prone guy that’s another story, we only do that in the late rounds.

    Overall I like our picks, bg and Allen getting major injuries hurt really killed our pics though.

  45. 45 Tommy Lawlor said at 10:35 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    RE: Ced Thornton

    Eagles are high on him. Feared cutting him and not being able to get him on the PS.

    Ced has NFL ability. He just needs coaching. Now that we drop from 90 guys to 60 or so, coaches might be able to work with him a bit closer.

    Ced has a good frame. Extremely quick. Runs well for big guy. He’s raw, but worth keeping because of his upside. Could be a starter down the road.

  46. 46 Tommy Lawlor said at 10:43 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    RE: old drafts

    Thing that too many people overlook is that we got production from the players. Bunkley was a good starter for 3 years. MJG started parts of a couple of years. Chris Gocong started for 3 years. And so on.

    There are some definite busts in there, but too often people expect every pick to stick forever. We switched up some systems and that made Bunk/Max bad fits. With the old systems, they’d have been kept around. It isn’t as if we’ve missed on every pick.

    Go look at our 2003 draft or Dallas 2009 draft or the Pats 2007 draft and you’ll see true failure. 2004 was bad for us as well, but injuries killed that bunch.

    When the players can’t get on the field for you or other teams, that’s failure.

  47. 47 Stephen said at 11:11 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Just for giggles I looked up the Pats 2007 draft. Outside of Merriweather that one produced zippo. Now that Merriweather is gone, well…

  48. 48 Jason-E said at 11:14 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Not to mention, when you average 9+ picks a year, there is no way they can all stay.

  49. 49 Tommy Lawlor said at 11:20 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    @ Jason…

    That’s a great point that gets overlooked. Eagles bring in big draft classes every year. They like competition (and cheap, young players).

    Eagles know they will cut guys.

  50. 50 ian no. 2 said at 11:26 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Still like Sinorice better than Brandon Tate. Jeff McLane said something I was starting to suspect, that Moss may be a week 2 addition to avoid a guaranteed annual contract.

  51. 51 Eaglesfanatlarge said at 11:56 PM on September 3rd, 2011:


    McGlynn isn’t the only Iggles cut that I expect will see some significant playing time for another team. Mss, Hall, Lee, Hanson, and probably a few others will be on a roster somewhere.


    I’m glad they kept Anderson, he is fun to watch. I think last year the Eagles only kept 3 safeteys, so yeah, 5 of them is unusual.

    Colt and Billy Dee together, maybe not as good as PBR, but it’s a dynamite taste.

  52. 52 Thunderlips said at 11:57 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    RE: Drafts

    Wasn’t really complaining about the Eagles drafting (we basically drafted the best set of skills players in the league). I count 19 of 53 players as Free Agent acquisitions or trades (36%). Sounds a little high for a team that drafts 10+ players every year, but I think our roster’s talent speaks for itself.

  53. 53 Cafone said at 11:58 PM on September 3rd, 2011:

    Some may look at that list of draft picks still with the team and see too few names. I look at it and I see Jackson, McCoy, Maclin, Avant and Celek. We’ve gotten some very productive offensive players through the draft over the last five years.

  54. 54 Cafone said at 12:00 AM on September 4th, 2011:


    Bengals cut Max Jean-Gilles

  55. 55 ATG said at 12:08 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    Another overlooked fact: I think the Eagles had great foresight and crystal ball, they drafted Graham over JPP. Pierce is a menace to his teammates while Graham has the decency to only hurt himself.

  56. 56 Tommy Lawlor said at 12:28 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    ATG always brings deep insight to the conversation.

    Hadn’t thought of that angle.

  57. 57 PhxPhilly said at 12:34 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    Tommy, I enjoy your perspective tremendously but I am having difficulty understanding the case for Landri.

    I keep hearing about how ‘talented’ Kelce is but that he is not the best right now. Eagles are going to have to wait out his learning curve. I think Laws has a similar upside. Laws had some injuries but has more talent than Landri. Effort is nice but talent should win out. Is that correct?

    I tend to like the ‘talent’ guys for inactive roster with the ‘hard working’ guys for active roster versatility. Neither McGlynn nor J.Jackson fit the new scheme but I did like McGlynn’s versatility to play all the line positions for game day. I am certainly biased toward McGlynn since I thought he was an awesome draft pick value and foolishly thought he could become the long snapper to save a roster spot.

    Biggest shock for me is that no players were put on the ‘fake’ IR. Maybe the new CBA put a stop to that?

  58. 58 Cvd said at 12:43 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    We also do well with ufa’s. Q, jj, and hanson were great pick ups. I’m sures there r more that I am missing. Not everyone is gonna be a superstar. If a guy starts and plays well for a few years then u did ok.

    I feel like Coleman will always b overlooked, I feel he is a good player and will get better and better.

  59. 59 netherman said at 12:47 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    Any thoughts on Kyle DeVan?

  60. 60 Tommy Lawlor said at 1:05 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    RE: fake IR

    We joke about that, but those guys have legit injuries. Chris Gocong is still dealing with neck stinger issues this summer.

    Mike Gibson had an ankle “injury” that put him on IR. Well, he did have surgery on the ankle.

    I think last year Ricky Sapp had surgery on his knee.

    These injuries are somewhat minor in a certain respect, but they are real. You can’t just stash guys on IR for nothing.

  61. 61 Tommy Lawlor said at 1:34 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    RE: DeVan

    Started 21 of 32 games for Indy at RG over the last 2 years.

    Overachiever type. 6’2, 306. Okay athlete, but nothing special. Excellent effort player. UDFA out of Oregon State. Here are Matt Alkire’s (!/MattAlkire) notes on him from draft profile:

    “Uses his hands well and sustains blocks. Does a nice job of turning and controlling his man by taking good angles into blocks. Plays with a ton of effort. Gets too upright in pass protection and will get turned around by quicker interior linemen. Does recover well and shows some flexibility. Is not very athletic and doesn’t show great feet or quickness.

    Most likely a UDFA.”

    Eagles might have interest in him, but DeVan isn’t anything special.

  62. 62 Tommy Lawlor said at 1:37 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    RE: Landri

    Part of my thinking was to trade Trevor Laws. Get a mid-round pick for him and then go with Landri, who played really well this summer.

    I didn’t just want to cut Trevor for nothing. He is a talented player.

  63. 63 TSA said at 3:45 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    Any interest on going after Dan LeFevour for the PS?

  64. 64 Steve said at 6:22 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    Tommy, what Eagles cuts do you see being signed to another teams active roster? I’d think Hanson is on his way to the Gints as we speak with all their issues in their defensive backfield.

    I think Hargrove will find an active roster as well.

  65. 65 Cliff said at 7:14 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    Overall, I like the current roster. We’re loaded at *most* positions and have talented youth at others. Like everyone else, my biggest concern is on the OL. If these guys can block better than last year, we should be fine. Our defense is improved, whether you buy in to the LB’s or not.

  66. 66 ATG said at 8:23 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    @ Cliff

    You nailed it. This sums up my thoughts and my excitement perfectly.

  67. 67 ppk said at 8:27 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    I agree with Cliff, the roster does look strong, especially with some solid depth and talented young players. My biggest concerns in the starting line-up are two rookies: Watkins and Henery. I was never psyched about the Watkins pick. It stinks of Reid choosing a “character guy.” I couldn’t care less about his firehouse brothers. A poorly performing rookie on Vick’s blind side on an unestablished O line is not a bright feature. Although I think Henery has tons of potential, I believe Akers should have been resigned. He had a strong year last year and it seems he still has leg left.

    For what it’s worth, I predict big years for McCoy, Coleman, and Celek if he doesn’t need to stay in to block.

    Finally, is the plan to have DeSean as the pr? I like the idea because every punt by the opposing team then has potential for a big play. My understanding is the Eagles don’t want him as pr because of injury threat. Is the threat really that great in terms of risk:benefit? Doesn’t Hester perform all return duties for the Bears, as well as playing wr? Can someone clarify.

  68. 68 Cvd said at 9:14 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    If we don’t extend desean I wonder how he will feel about returning punts. I just hope it doesn’t mess with his head if he doesn’t get paid.

    I’m curious how much that insurance policy pays out, anyone know?

    Justice takin a pay cut is great but in my opinion it’s never a good sign when a young guy accepts a pay cut. A guy like jp is a different story. A young guy willing to take less feels like he doesn’t have that fire that makes him think he is can be an elite player. I hope he proves me wrong because we can still use justice

  69. 69 Cvd said at 9:22 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    Tommy, Does thorton have real chance to make the team or is this just a way to try and get him on the PS?

    Maybe we want to wait till the last second hoping other teams fill their d tackle positions. Or tryin to find a reason to put him on IR. Just seems like a lot of dtackles.

  70. 70 netherman said at 11:08 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    re: DeVan – thanks for the response. That’s pretty much what I would like to see added…low threat guy to Watkins who knows Mudd style and could step in if Watkins continues to have major mental errors that threaten to get Mike killed. A colts site mentioned he was listed as 15 on top 20 guards rated by PFF I think, but I don’t personally put much stock in those ratings as I don’t get how they really know who is responsible for which person on any given play (link. Anyhoo, a little insurance plan would make me more comfy.

  71. 71 netherman said at 11:24 AM on September 4th, 2011:

    One more question…how comfortable would you be with Colt Anderson filling in as backup safety. Kills me to carry 5 safeties and I am wondering if it would not be better to have let Page go if/when Graham comes off PUP rather than losing someone else. Hopefully by then Allen is back in starting role. I would rather go heavy at DL than S since we platoon guys in there.

  72. 72 Thunderlips said at 11:45 AM on September 4th, 2011:


    Any chance we keep Kafka on the inactive list to get another player on the active roster? A little risky with our scrambling QB’s, but might be worth it. How often does your 3rd string QB affect the outcome of a game?

  73. 73 eagles nut said at 12:24 PM on September 4th, 2011:

    Panthers are releasing DE Everett Brown. I bet they claimed Te’o.

  74. 74 ian no. 2 said at 1:18 PM on September 4th, 2011:

    found myself thinking about the DT choices..

    I wasn’t angry about the choices, but I agree that the guys who lit it up in preseason – Landri, and Hargrove that they ran with the ones, are better for the wide 9, because they are smaller, faster guys who can edge rush on the one gap rather than bull rush for the 2 gap.. found some 40 times:

    Hargrove 4.6 (in 2004)
    Landri 4.89
    Laws 5.09
    Thornton 5.25

    So people who were expecting Laws to be a victim of the new system and Thornton to be a PSer had reason to think that.

    My guess is that the Eagles are protecting talent – Laws their former 2nd rounder that hasn’t completely counted himself out, and Thornton, perhaps eyeing a return of Landri or Hargrove after week one without the guaranteed annual salary. Laws may end up on the IR if they sign one of those 2 guys.

    Andy apparently likes to make Herr’s his during the televised Notre Dame games and rewards standout DL performances with a second round pick, netting the team Laws and Abiamiri. My take on Laws is he’s a smart guy who played his heart out as a senior, establishing himself as an ‘effort’ player, in time to get drafted hight and paid and has found a way to stick on the roster since then. I wouldn’t be shocked if he turns in a good season this year or next but would bet otherwise. Because Andy still believes in Laws, he doesn’t want to expose him to waivers, preferring to IR him if he is outplayed since he has been hurt.

    Holding on to Thornton was I think a decisive move to protect ‘high ceiling’ young talent similar to how the Packers have used their roster in recent years.

  75. 75 fran35 said at 1:41 PM on September 4th, 2011:

    I really don’t think Laws was kept to possibly stash him on the IR. This is the last year on his contract and it would not make sense to pay him on the IR to stash him only to have him leave next year.

  76. 76 Havana Omelet said at 2:07 PM on September 4th, 2011:

    a roster question that Tommy or one of you other knowledgeable guys could answer for me… Why did Ryan Harris get an “injury setttlement,” while Marlin Jackson got “released?” Weren’t they both injured at TC?

  77. 77 ian no. 2 said at 2:19 PM on September 4th, 2011:

    yeah that’s right fran, Laws was drafted the same year as DJax.. so they don’t ‘control’ him past this year, tho Abiamiri’s stuck around on IRs despite being picked the year before.

  78. 78 eagles nut said at 2:28 PM on September 4th, 2011:

    Mike McGlynn claimed off waivers by the Bengals.

    Greg Lloyd, Chad Hall, and Stanley Havili have all agreed to join the Eagles’ practice squad.