Cut Down Day

Posted: August 31st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 97 Comments »

I’ll update the post during the day. Here’s what we’ve heard so far.

UPDATE #3

Clay Harbor gone. We assumed cut, but trade is possible.

Danny Watkins gone. No shocker there.

UDPATE #2

Good news for Salas and/or Maehl.

UPDATE #1

* Reuben Frank reported that S David Sims has been cut.

* Jeff McLane reported that Michael Bamiro has been cut, but that the Eagles want to keep him on the PS.

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* SEA will cut CB Antoine Winfield. This is bad news. It means they’ll keep a young CB in his place. I don’t think the Eagles will be interested in Winfield, but that’s just a guess. I’m not sure he’d want to come here and be the #4 CB. We’re not sitting Boykin. And the Eagles like Williams and Fletcher.

Ron Parker or Byron Maxwell are still likely to be let go. Parker is more interesting to me.

* The Pats cut DE/LBs Marcus Benard and Jermaine Cunningham. Both guys could be OLBs of interest.

* Cleveland cut WR/TE David Nelson. Very interesting guy. Goes about 6-5, 220 and he’s really good in the slot. Played for the Bills in 2011 and was 61-658-5. Good Red Zone target.

Bob Bicknell coached TEs for the Bills in 2011. Nelson was a WR, but Bicknell certainly knows him and what he does well from seeing him in practice and on tape.

* The Pats let go of a couple of TEs. Some wonder if that means they could trade for Clay Harbor. It’s possible, but then the Eagles would need to find another TE. I guess the Eagles could keep Emil Igwenagu or they might like someone who is on the street, but I think dealing Harbor would be a longshot.

* The Skins cut CB Chase Minnifield. He had injury concerns coming out of college and then tore an ACL last July. Minnifield was a very good player at Virginia. If healthy, he could be an NFL CB. The Skins reportedly want to put him on their practice squad, but the fact they cut him tells you that they didn’t love the way he played this summer. I don’t know if the Eagles will want him. He’s only 5-10, 185. That’s not the big DB that Bill Davis and Chip Kelly prefer.

* Tim Tebow was cut. I hope I don’t have to say he’s of no interest…but he’s of no interest.

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I put together a short Prospect Primer for some college players to watch today. Could be of interest to the Eagles.

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  • Tumtum

    What are your thoughts on D. Florence cut from Car Tom? Same as Winfield?

    • TommyLawlor

      He’s never been anything special.

      He could make some sense as the #4 CB because he has been a starter. And I’m sure he’d gladly accept any role offered to him.

    • GEagle

      Rather have Trufant than Florence

      • Tumtum

        Yeah Ive never been super high on Florence just know he has pretty much always been a starter. Always thought Trufant was pretty good though.

  • barneygoogle

    David Nelson? Maybe trade Harbor and use Nelson at all receiving spots?
    Did anyone pick up Ricky, Ozzie or Harriett?

    • TommyLawlor

      Ricky was spotted in Lonesome Town.

    • I Drink Weed and Smoke Beer

      trade clay and put a waiver claim in for dorin dickerson

  • GEagle

    I heard that the Eagles were getting Calls for Harbor…who knows how true it is

  • ICDogg

    Dave Sims cut

  • ICDogg

    Giants released Tyler Sash

  • ICDogg

    I mean, who's won a playoff game more recently- Vick, or Tebow?— FakeWIPCaller (@FakeWIPCaller) August 31, 2013

    • TommyLawlor

      Perfect.

  • GEagle

    Tom:
    the fighting Irish have some potential Eagles targets as well especially Dline, Nix and Pruitt worth keeping an eye on.

    Florida has two stud CBs but Purifoy is suspended today.
    ..
    Stanford is a defense the Eagles should watch Closely
    1)Trent Murphy OLB
    2)Henry Anderson, Ben Gardner DE’s
    3)Shayne Skov ILB/OLB
    4)DBs…Ed Reynolds/Wayne Lyons
    Does Stanford not play today?
    ….
    BYU Kyle Van Noy is an OLB to watch along with Anthony Barr UCLA
    ..
    Texas has two good CBs in Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom..Curious to see how NMSU QB does today against them
    Jackson Jeffcoat could become a good OLB
    ..

    • TommyLawlor

      I’m not mentioning every player. Just wanted to throw out guys who will be in nationally televised games.

  • SteveH

    Tebow at cornerback! He just knows how to win.

    • TommyLawlor

      There is some truth to this. When he’s on the field, the completion percentage is going to be low.

  • Weapon Y

    I think Tebow is misunderstood by both his fans and his critics. Of course, he is an erratic passer. Everyone knows that. But he is a huge threat running the ball, so much so that it can at times (not all the time) make up for his inaccuracy. Maybe he’s at fault for insisting to play QB and only QB. That could be why Belichick released him. Frankly, the Patriots don’t need him with Brady and Mallett already on the team, and a running back group with Ridley, Vereen, and Blount. I’d be really tempted to sign him as a running back. Use him in a rotation with Shady, Bryce Brown, and Chris Polk. He’d be a short yardage specialist and you could do some halfback passes from time to time. We’d have him as an emergency QB on gameday, allowing us to keep Barkley inactive with Vick as the starter and Foles as the backup. I don’t think he’d be good as a tight end because that requires good blocking against DEs and LBs, as well as the ability to run routes. I highly doubt he can do that.

    I know I’m going to take a lot of crap for this idea because so many people hate Tebow with a passion. You will never hear me say that I want him to be the Eagles’ starting QB or even the backup QB. Frankly, I don’t care about all the stuff off the field. Who gives a damn if the media wants to cover him all the time? That has nothing to do with football. Good teams don’t get bothered by that stuff. Who gives a damn if his fans are annoying? Who gives a damn if he’s a bible-thumping Christian? What does that have to do with winning? All I care about is making the team better. I’m simply intrigued because it’s clear that he has talent and I think this is the way to tap into it.

    • GEagle

      You are lucky I like you lol…JK :)

    • TommyLawlor

      If Tebow ever embraced the notion of being a player and not just a QB, I’d be on his side. He can’t be a QB. Delusional to keep pushing that.

      Must be an offensive weapon that can line up all over. Does have potential in that role.

      • Weapon Y

        Denard Robinson was wise to embrace the offensive weapon idea. He’s a very similar player to Tebow. I hope Tebow gets a little more open-minded. He is an awful passer, I’ll admit. But he’s such a talented runner that it would be a shame to see him never get back on the field.

        • TommyLawlor

          He’s actually not as talented a runner as you think. He’s tough, but lacks speed and elusiveness. Still could be good in that role, but he’s not a guy you fear. Robinson could deliver big plays. Tebow would move the chains.

          • Weapon Y

            He doesnt have great speed or elusiveness, but he is big and tough to bring down. All I see him as is a role player. A short yardage back. Let him run over guys. That’s all I’d see him, but that’s still valuable. Your running game would be better if you used him that way.

  • Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran

    Imagine this “Dream Team”:
    Rex Ryan as HC, Buddy as DC, with Vick, Tebow and a past-his-prime McNabb as the QBs (and – what the heck – Andy as the QB coach).
    We’d be guaranteed to make Sports Center every night!

    • ACViking

      All you’d need is Buddy . . . .

  • Joseph Dubyk

    If Tebow did come to the Eagles, I would absolutely CRINGE at the amount of people who would say things like “OMG In a Chip Kelly offense he would really play well! Chip takes shitty NFL QBs who are athletic and makes them super stars!”

  • I Drink Weed and Smoke Beer

    boykin was terrible in that last preseason game, how completions did he give up?? might as well get winfield.

  • ICDogg

    Ramses Barden cut from NYG

    • anon

      says more about us than them.

  • TommyLawlor

    * Reuben Frank reported that S David Sims has been cut.

    * Jeff McLane reported that Michael Bamiro has been cut, but that the Eagles want to keep him on the PS.

    • ICDogg

      Yeah, I didn’t think they would keep Bamiro.

    • GermanEagle

      My guess is Bamiro won’t make it there. Does this mean we will keep Watkins after all!??

      • ICDogg

        I think they’ll keep Tobin

      • ICDogg

        …and I think Bamiro makes it to the P squad

        • GermanEagle

          According to Caplan the Eagles put offset language in Bamiro’s deal!

          • ICDogg

            Yes, they guaranteed him about what he would make on the Practice Squad for the year. So, basically, they’ve already made the economic commitment. If another team picks him up, it becomes their commitment and their roster spot.

  • ICDogg

    Most interesting still-not-cut so far is Maehl.

  • GermanEagle

    Tommy,
    Just out of curiosity, why is Parker more appealing to you than Maxwell? I thought Maxwell was making more plays in the pre season.

    • TommyLawlor

      Clemson guys scare me. That school is an underachiever factory in recent years.

      Parker has excellent size and could be an interesting S/CB tweener.

      • GermanEagle

        Fair enough. Thanks bud.

  • ICDogg

    Is Alex Zordich related to Mike Zordich?

    • TommyLawlor

      Who is Alex?

      • ICDogg

        Buffalo Bulls QB

      • ICDogg

        He is in fact one of Michael Zordich’s sons.

  • TommyLawlor
  • ICDogg

    Source close to situation says Eagles haven't said anything yet to Danny Watkins, re cutdowns…— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) August 31, 2013

  • ICDogg

    Colt Anderson – staying
    Jake Knott – staying

  • ICDogg

    Every time they show Manziel on the sideline, I think of this kid from The Middle pic.twitter.com/HXjEKM4qVc— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) August 31, 2013

  • ICDogg

    Raiders and Saints have not cut anyone yet

    • GermanEagle

      They are so bad that the NFL has allowed them to carry 75 players on the roster.

  • ICDogg

    Shepard cut

    • ICDogg

      I want to thank the Eagles for the opportunity !!! Just wasn't in GODS plan— Russell Shepard Jr.. (@LSUShep10) August 31, 2013

      • GermanEagle

        Maybe the Eagles will sign a WR from another team…

        • ICDogg

          I’m thinking they might like Maehl enough to give him a longer look.

    • GermanEagle

      First real surprise to me.

  • Gary

    Does Jeff Maehl have a realistic chance of making the team? A little surprised Shepard has been cut and he remains.

    • ICDogg

      More and more I think it’s possible

    • anon

      was WR no 1 for kelly a couple of years ago. Can block, play ST, and catch and knows offense. I think Kelly likes his old players — maybe too much since no one from Oregon has come to the NFl and become a stud.

  • ICDogg

    Russell Shepard has contacted the other 31 teams and informed them not to add him to their 53-man rosters.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 31, 2013

    • phillychuck

      Why would he do that? Retiring, or planning to come back to the Iggles? Practice squad over 53 man roster elsewhere?

      • ICDogg

        probably wants to go to the P squad here

        • GermanEagle

          I thought Jimmy was more like joking…

          • ICDogg

            Possible. I should have considered that possibility

          • laeagle

            I think it’s part of GOD’s plan.

  • ICDogg

    Source: #Eagles OL Danny Watkins, former 1st round pick, is being released.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2013

    • ICDogg

      Boom!

    • jshort

      Rumor, Philly FD making claim

  • Tumtum

    Who is the other gunner?

  • ICDogg

    Want to thank the Eagles for the last three seasons it was a great to be able to play in such a passionate city!— Clay Harbor (@clayharbs82) August 31, 2013

    First surprise to me

    • GermanEagle

      :(
      Looks like we will keep 4 RBs…

      • ICDogg

        Harbor is clearly talented enough to play in the league. Just was never consistent enough from game to game. Two drops in last preseason gm.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 31, 2013

  • phillychuck

    Not in favor of Shepard being cut. Bad move. Good gunner, will be a better receiver than Salas or Maehl.

    • jtre

      how do you know he will be a better receiver? he hasn’t done anything special. his best moments were on special teams. Salas and Maehl both out performed him as receivers in the preaseason

      • phillychuck

        Younger, better athleticism, better measurables, my opinion, of course–feel free to disagree.

        • jtre

          athlete i agree, but measurables? ehh. they’re all 6’1 and Salas is actually close to 210 pounds. I like Sheppard but he didn’t stand out as a receiver in the preseason when the games counted. hope he lands on our PS

  • ICDogg

    CB Ron Bartell has been cut by the Lions

  • ICDogg

    If you're freaking out RE "how can the Eagles release so and so they're thin at that position" — you're allowed to sign guys, too.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) August 31, 2013

  • ICDogg

    Matthew Tucker, Jeff Maehl, and Emil Igwenagu still standing so far

    • GermanEagle

      Yes, but even if they make it, they will be the first ones to be let go in case the Eagles claim someone else until tomorrow lunch time.

  • phillychuck

    Can believe Igwenagu beat out harbor, or so it seems…

    • ICDogg

      not sure he did yet

    • anon

      I thought he was coming on when he got that concussion — made a good catch in traffic. But yeah otherwise that surprises me too — maybve he’s a better blocker.

  • ICDogg

    I'm told offensive linemen Allen Barbre and Matt Tobin have both made the Eagles' roster. Both can play guard or tackle.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) August 31, 2013

    • ICDogg

      so we now know our O-line

  • jackpotsdad

    Maehl’s gonna make this roster. He does a lot of things Chip likes – sure handedness and great blocking. This was my one surprise prediction for the 53 man.

    • jtre

      i agree

    • ACViking

      Is Maehl a replacement for Avant next year?
      _________

      By the way, I hope — if the Eagles run their Triple Option — Avant’s not the WR getting the pitch. SuhLoooow.

      • jackpotsdad

        Don’t think so; bet Chip will use him as sort of a hybrid TE-Wr

        • ACViking

          Interesting. Could be.

          A lighter version of Ertz?

  • ICDogg

    49ers cut WR Chad Hall, source said.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 31, 2013

    Andy probably will pick him up

  • jonathan gaskell

    Isn’t Ron Parker the former host of Cheap Seats?

  • ACViking

    Re: Depth and Cards

    This team’s talent looks solid, at least on offense, the way a playing card looks to have good size when you look down at it while it’s flat on a table.

    But pick up that card and stare at it from the side . . . pretty thin.

    The Birds depth (save RB and probably QB) is damned thin.

    WR? D-Jax goes down, then what?

    TE? Lose any of the first three — and Casey may still be hurting — then what?

    OL? Sorry, T-Law, but if Peters is hurt, Barbre or even LJ at OLT is a big, big drop. Not quite as much, but if LJ or Mathis are hurt . . . ugh.

    On defense, there is no card on the table to look at. Thin, thin, thin — ‘cept DE.

    • anon

      I think we have 2 ‘viable’ Qbs — more than most. Most teams would be thin if they lost their top 2 WRs, but i think our system will allow us to slot a lot of guys in but you’re right no replacement speedster (Maehl?). How much Te depth do you want, most teams only have 1 viable, we have 3.

      • ACViking

        If D-jax is hurt, we’ll have WRs that remind of us 1999.

        As for the system, you can’t scheme speed.

        QBs are okay. But not in the class of 2012 49ers. (Then, who is?)

        As for TEs . . . I like the top 3 a lot. I’m just saying that if any of them are hurt, it hurts the offensive variety that Kelly apparently wants to use. Casey’s already nicked up.

        No reason, though, D-Jax should get hurt. Atlanta’s not on the schedule.

  • ICDogg

    Austin Collie released by 49ers

  • ACViking

    Re: David Sims

    I always thought the Eagles should have kept rookie free agent from Syracuse S Phillip Thomas last year.

    Eh, T-Law?

    Instead, he and Jarrett were cut loose and David Sims brought in.

    Oh well, Jeff “no more Saturday” Maehl is here. Have to like it.

  • TommyLawlor

    Put up a new post to make the comments section easier to navigate.

    http://igglesblitz.com/2013/08/updated-afternoon-post/

  • Brendan Ekstrom

    Uh McCoy released and salas? Who is possibly more important to keep than McCoy right now? I assume this means they’ll be bringing in some other olb but I really liked what McCoy had shown.