The Eagles have until Saturday to get down to 53 players, but went ahead and made some moves on Friday. Let’s take a look at what has already happened.
WR Quron Pratt
WR Ifeanyi Momah
QB G.J. Kinne
RB Henry Josey
OL Josh Andrews
There are some reports on guys who will make the team as well.
Tight end Trey Burton is on the Eagles' 53, I'm told. Good for him. Minor surprise…
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) August 29, 2014
We’ve talked a lot about Burton in recent days. He has shown so much potential that you had to be nervous about cutting him.
There are some reports that Chris Polk will make the roster. If the Eagles feel he’s pretty close to returning, they may be willing to overlook the fact he’s been hurt this summer. Chip Kelly has praised Polk as a key STer, as well as being a RB the Eagles like. Never underestimate the importance of STs.
Also, Damaris Johnson hasn't been waived yet. Source tells me Eagles are trying to trade him.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) August 29, 2014
That makes total sense. Johnson can play. He’s just not an ideal fit for the Eagles. If Darren Sproles wasn’t here and Kelly didn’t prefer big WRs, then Johnson might be a guy the Eagles kept.
The only real surprise of all these moves might be the cut of Josey. While he was a lot of fun, you do wonder how his game translates to real games. It was fun to watch him run around defenders, but going against starting defenders is very different. The backup OL was dominant the last couple of weeks, which gave Josey plenty of running room. That’s not always going to be the case in real games.
There are other factors. How did he do in pass protection? How did he do on STs? And you also wonder if there were any concerns about how his knee would hold up.
Josey had a great summer and I hope he makes it onto someone’s roster or practice squad, whether the Eagles or not.
Speaking of the practice squad, both Pratt and Momah could be candidates for that.
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One really interesting nugget is that the Eagles worked out QB Thad Lewis, most recently of the Buffalo Bills. Pat Shurmur worked with Lewis in both St. Louis and Cleveland so there is a connection to him. The reason this is interesting is that it makes you wonder why the Eagles are looking at a #3 QB? Could this mean that Matt Barkley is trade material?
I don’t know any more than you, but I could easily see the Eagles trying to deal Barkley. He is dying to get a chance to get on the field. Nick Foles is the Eagles starter for the next thousand years so that doesn’t bod well for Barkley.
It is possible Mark Sanchez could be a long term solution as the backup. He’s only here on a 1-year deal so that will have to be sorted out next February when Sanchez has to decide if he is comfortable as a backup or wants to go start somewhere.
Barkley doesn’t make sense as a long term player because he’s not going to be comfortable as a backup. He wants to play. If you can deal him now to a QB needy team like the Rams or Bills, do it. We’ll see if it happens. No idea how likely it is, but the move would make a lot of sense.
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Saturday is going to be a busy day so make sure to stay tuned for lots of news and rumor-mongering.