Philadelphia Eagles’ 53-Man Roster Cuts: Live Details, Rumors and Analysis

Stay tuned here for all the latest news regarding the Eagles’ 53-man roster cuts! You can also follow us on Twitter to see which Eagles are getting the axe!

Update: 7:44 PM – Eagles Acquire David Sims, Release Julian Vandervelde

With the cut of O.J. Atogwe and placement of Colt Anderson on the PUP list, the Eagles were left with only three active safeties on the roster. To make up for it, GM Howie Roseman dealt for Cleveland first-year safety David Sims, who picked off two preseason passes and impressed Browns coach Pat Shurmur. In exchange, the team gave up a conditional 2013 pick.

To make room, the team parted ways with second-year offensive linemen Julian Vandervelde. This leaves Dallas Reynolds as the only backup interior lineman with the cutting of Steve Vallos and Brandon Washington.


Update: 7:29 PM – Cuts Rounded Out by McBriar, Dixon

To round out the roster, the Eagles decided to cut punter Mat McBriar and defensive tackle Antonio Dixon. McBriar was brought in to challenge second-year punter Chas Henry, who  ended up outlasting the veteran.

Dixon, a three-year veteran, has been effective as an Eagle but struggled to adjust to the wide-nine after Jim Washburn became the team’s defensive line coach. In 35 games, he had 39 tackles and three sacks for the team. He is the victim of a very deep defensive tackle position that includes Cullen Jenkins and first-round pick Fletcher Cox.


Update: 3:11 PM – Reid Chooses Edwards over Kafka

According to Jeff McLane, the team has chosen Trent Edwards as their third-string QB; they’re in the process of trying to trade Mike Kafka after a preseason injury allowed Edwards to step in and excel.

This is the move a lot of people were waiting for, and personally, I’m happy they went with the consistent Edwards over the underwhelming Kafka.


Update: 1:58 PM – Eagles Trim Roster to 56

According to the same article Philadelphia Eagles official website, the team has trimmed the team all the way down to 56 players with 10 additional cuts to the ones listed below; they’ve released safeties Philip Thomas and O.J. Atogwe, fullback Emil Igwenagu, offensive tackle D.J. Jones, defensive linemen Ollie Ogbu Frank TrotterMonte Taylor and Landon Cohen, linebackers Ryan Rau and Adrian Moten.

Only real surprise here is Atogwe, who was supposedly signed two months ago to mentor Nate Allen but is now without a job. Special teams stud Ryan Rau will likely remain on the practice squad and could even regain his roster spot if Colt Anderson can’t get healthy.


Update: 1:42 PM – 2012 Draft Picks McNutt, Washington Let Go

According to the Philadelphia Eagles official website, the team has let go 2012 draft picks WR Marvin McNutt and OG Brandon Washington. McNutt’s release was imminent given a very poor preaseason, and this move guarantees the final WR spots to Damaris Johnson and Riley Cooper.

Washington didn’t stand out either and he was released along with fellow interior lineman Steve Vallos. Vallos was set to be the backup center, but now Dallas Reynolds and Julian Vandervelde are set to the backup linemen behind Kelce, Mathis and Watkins.


Update: 1:27 PM – Keenan Clayton, Chase Ford Released

The cuts just keep coming.

According to 97.5 the Fanatic’s Eagles beat reporter Tim McManus, the team has also parted ways with LB Keenan Clayton and TE Chase Ford, who we mentioned was on the hook in our last update:

Clayton had a nice preseason, but with a new and improved linebacking corps, there simply wasn’t any room for the 25-year old who a year ago posted 31 tackles. Ford, an undrafted free agent, was never really a favorite to make the team, but could make the practice squad behind Brett Brackett as a backup tight end/fullback.


Update: 1:11 PM – Eagles Waive TE Brett Brackett

According to Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane, the Eagles have decided to release tight end Brett Brackett:

This move doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise with Clay Harbor and Brent Celek on the roster, but it does not bode well for Chase Ford who will likely see his name called later today. As McLane mentioned, Brackett is a strong candidate to participate on the Eagles’ practice squad as the team’s third tight end; if either Harbor or Celek misses a game with injury, he’ll be called up as their emergency replacement after he proved himself with a three-touchdown preseason.

Update: August 31st, 12:55 PM – Hanson, Gilyard, Hall Cut

The Philadelphia Eagles have wasted no time getting down to business.

Andy Reid and Co. have decided to part way with six-year veteran Joselio Hanson as they attempt to trim the roster until it reaches the 53-player minimum, according to’s Adam Caplan:

This is move is more than “semi-big” surprise; nobody could’ve seen this coming, even with rookie Brandon Boykin on board. Hanson has been a solid to excellent nickel corner for this team since he took over in 2007, so it is certainly interesting to see how Boykin adapts to playing corner in the NFL after only four preseason games.

This move should signal that Reid will keep versatile corner Brandon Hughes, who would’ve been the odd man out behind fellow outside corner Curtis Marsh—who has been confirmed as a roster lock following Hanson’s release.

The team has also waived wide receivers Chad Hall and Mardy Gilyard, which makes the return of Riley Cooper a near-certainty and the addition of Damaris Johnson a sure-thing:

Many, including me, believed that the team would keep Gilyard after an excellent preseason, but it seems his role will likely be one of a practice squad member. Hall, a two-year veteran, will likely look for other employment on a team that has less depth at WR, like the Dallas Cowboys or Indianapolis Colts.


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Categories: Beat Writing, Eagles

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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