Cuts Start

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 11 Comments »

The Eagles started making roster moves on Friday.

Sidney Jones was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. No surprise there. He can start running this week so the team will get a feel for where he is right now. Jones has six weeks to continue improving. Then the team will have a 3-week window to let him practice. After that, he’s got to be activated or put on IR. The Eagles are taking this slow, which is the smart move. Jones requires long term thinking, not what’s best right now.

Matt McGloin was cut. No surprise there either. He played well against Miami, but stunk the rest of the summer. I had reasonable expectations with him and he still failed to reach them. It may seem like we pick on McGloin, but he just didn’t play well. I wish he did. He did some good things at Penn State and has been able to stay in the NFL longer than I ever would have expected. But the tape is the tape, and his isn’t good from this summer.

Quick thoughts on the other players cut:

CB Aaron Grymes – Had a solid summer, but failed to play well enough to win the Nickel CB spot. Being a pretty good player just wasn’t enough for him to make the roster.

LB Don Cherry – Effort guy, but limited athlete. Made plays, but had no real chance to make the roster. Isn’t a natural MLB (physical thumper) and isn’t enough of an athlete to fit outside. Could still be on the PS.

DT Winston Craig – Small school DL failed to stand out. Good athlete, but that didn’t show up on the field with any consistency. Played DE and DT.

WR Rashard Davis – Late addition to the roster had some good moments vs Jets, but was too little, too late. Should be in a camp next year. Has some potential.

TE Anthony Denham – Backup TE didn’t stand out at all and was caught in bad situation. Eagles have 4 good TEs so Denham had to really shine to get any attention and that didn’t happen.

QB Dane Evans – Has some talent, but erratic QB who played with too much nervous energy. Has a solid arm and is a good athlete. Struggled with accuracy at times and didn’t make good decisions often enough. Didn’t look to me to be a player worth developing, but coaches might feel differently if they like his intangibles and his physical traits.

C Tyler Orlosky – Highly sought after UDFA got hurt in the spring and never seemed to catch up from that. Played C in college, but saw most time at RG for the Eagles. That wasn’t a good sign. If the team still likes his potential, could be PS material.

T Victor Salako – Big LT was impressive at times, but simply doesn’t have the footwork to play OT in the NFL.

DT Gabe Wright – 1-gap DT who flashed good athleticism at times, but failed to stand out like the other backup DTs.

TE Adam Zaruba – Big, fast and good athlete. Didn’t join the team until the summer due to playing rugby in Canada. I would love to see him with a full offseason. Has NFL size and physical traits, but is way too raw. A full offseason would help him a lot, but would still be a project. Interesting guy.

LB Christian Tago – Just a body for the Jets games.

DE Jake Metz – See above.

LB Carlos Fields – See above.


I’ll be posting my roster prediction later tonight. None of these players was a serious consideration.


11 Comments on “Cuts Start”

  1. 1 unhinged said at 9:31 PM on September 1st, 2017:

    I’m kinda surprised that Zaruba caught an early hook. The guy is an athlete who needs position coaching and tons of reps. The Eagles originally signed him, so is that contract to be honored if another team picks him up?

  2. 2 CrackSammich said at 11:43 PM on September 1st, 2017:

    If they pick him up in waivers, yes. If he clears waivers, he’s an UFA.

  3. 3 rosmith51 said at 9:52 PM on September 1st, 2017:

    Tommy… on PUP and NFI you have a minimum of 6 and maximum of 11 week window to begin your 3 week practice schedule. It doesn’t have to be 6 weeks then 3 weekes… it has to be at least 6 weeks (on up to 11 weeks) then 3 weeks.

  4. 4 FairOaks said at 10:15 PM on September 1st, 2017:

    Yep was going to mention this. It used to be six games out, three weeks to start practicing then three weeks to put on the roster. In the most recent cba the middle one was increased to six weeks so players can come back as late as the 15th game. I bet the eagles want to keep him out 11 games at least.

  5. 5 Charlie Kelly said at 9:55 PM on September 1st, 2017:

    i like Rashard Davis, hopefully they PS him

  6. 6 GermanEagle said at 10:28 PM on September 1st, 2017:

    I’m believing more and more that the NFL will suspend Bradham for at least 3 games.

    The Eagles better not trade Kendricks for a 6th round pick.

  7. 7 GermanEagle said at 10:33 PM on September 1st, 2017:


    We are stopping over in Baltimore tonight while our 2 weeks road trip is ending this weekend. By far the most unsafe city we’ve seen.

    Here’s GE’s top spots, in particular order:

    1. Charleston
    2. Williamsburg, Virginia
    3. Savannah
    4. Washington DC
    5. Myrtle beach
    6. Charlotte
    7. Elisabeth city
    8. Baltimore.

  8. 8 RC5000 said at 11:05 PM on September 1st, 2017:

    Charlotte…why why why

    Paul Turner cut…why why why why why.

  9. 9 GermanEagle said at 9:25 AM on September 2nd, 2017:

    Charlotte because it was cutting down the driving to Savannah in half. It’s always a challenge to be driving 5+ hours with 3 years old twins in the car.

  10. 10 Insomniac said at 12:38 AM on September 2nd, 2017:

    Matt Barkley just got cut, lets pick him up so we can have 3 QBs from the past regimes on the roster.

    Foles – Andy’s bastard
    Barkley – Chip’s mistake
    Wentz – Doug’s soulless _____

  11. 11 tag1555 said at 9:19 PM on September 2nd, 2017:

    I was rooting for McGloin as a PSU alumnus, and would have been OK going into camp with him to compete with Daniel for the backup spot if Foles hadn’t been signed; their NFL resumes are fairly similar, journeyman QBs with some NFL starts under their belt. However, even I have to admit McGloin just didn’t step up to the challenge. As Buddy Ryan used to say, “time for him to get on with his life’s work.”