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The Philadelphia Eagles ended their exhibition schedule with some questions in the secondary after safety O.J. Atogwe left Thursday night's game with a hamstring injury.
Jordan takes over the position that has been a weak spot in recent years for the team, and he'll look to bring stability to the middle of the defense. Jordan has been using sparingly as a starter. However, he did make 10 starts for the Eagles back in 2009.
This detailed breakdown of Jordan's play by
The Philadelphia Eagles and the other 31 teams in the NFL have until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to shave four players from their rosters, cutting down to 75 members.
The writers over at Bleeding Green Nation have put together a projection of who they feel will be axed. Their prediction is that the players will come from the following list:
They feel that the rookies on that list will have a better shot of making the team, since they'll be given the benefit of the doubt due to their inexperience and their expected level of contribution.
Bleeding Green does feel that the real challenge for Andy Reid and his staff will come with cutting the roster from 70 to 53 by the conclusion of the preseason.
Cornerback Cliff Harris has been waived by the Philadelphia Eagles, per a Tweet from Eagles Insider earlier this morning. The Eagles must make four more cuts or moves on their roster by Monday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern in order to meet the NFL mandated preseason roster limit of 75 players.
Harris, a former All-American kick returner and cornerback for the Univeristy of Oregon Ducks, was signed by Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent earlier this year. After successful 2010 and 2011 seasons in Eugene, where Harris notched five interceptions and four punt returns for touchdowns, the cornerback was suspended and dismissed from the Ducks' program after a series of traffic citations and a citation for marijuana possession.
This dismissal is likely to have caused Harris to fall from an early-round type NFL Draft prospect to an undrafted, and subsequently waived, free agent.
The players are as follows: Safeties Wade Bonner and Tom Nelson, defensive end Xavier Brown, receivers Brian Hernandez, Elvis Akpla, McKay Jacobson and Tiger Jones, tackle Thomas Welch, guard Alfred McCul and cornerback Kevin Thomas.
The Eagles aren't done with this grouping of releases however, with five more to come before Monday's deadline of 4 p.m. ET.
It's not surprising Philly would cut so many wide receivers considering the amount they had on the 90-man roster. With the numbers becoming a factor, Andy Reid and co. had to make some decisions.
The Eagles only have one more preseason game against the New York Jets before all of the roster moves will be made, whittling the team its final 53-man squad.
Leading the way was backup quarterback Nick Foles, who had another strong outing. Foles had an interception, but he was 12-19 for 146 yards on the night and added touchdown passes to tight end Brent Celek and running back Dion Lewis. Eagles' star Lesean McCoy had a quiet night, with only one carry for negative yards, and one reception for 11 yards.
Stay tuned to this Storystream for more on Friday night's game.
Philadelphia's ground game is having an extremely quiet night. Eagles rushers LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, and Stan Havili have combined for only seven carries for a single yard. Backup quarterback Nick Foles, playing for Michael Vick, is having a solid night, though. Foles has an interception, but is also 12-for-19 for 146 yards in the air. He also has two touchdown strikes, one to tight end Brent Celek and one to Lewis.
Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is also playing fairly well. He's yet to throw a touchdown pass in the game, but he is 9-for-20 for 117 yards and has no interceptions. His biggest problem thus far has been holding onto the ball as he's suffered two fumbles (one recovered by the Eagles).
Both teams are 2-0 in the preseason to this point. Stay tuned to this Storystream for more on the game.
The Eagles take on the Cleveland Browns on Friday night. Here are some players to focus on since they are fighting for roster spots or key spots on the depth chart.
Nick Foles will get the start in place of injured Michael Vick as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Cleveland Browns in their third preseason game.
Michael Vick has told USA Today that he's "80% healthy" after sustaining a rib contusion in Monday night's game against the Patriots. He says he's feeling better and focused on preparing for the Eagles September 9th opener against the Cleveland Browns.
The hit Vick took spawned a rash of criticism of the QB and his perceived inability or unwillingness to "protect himself" on the field.
"I just let everything happen in that moment. I can't go to the line dictating what I'm going to do," said Vick in response the criticism. "I can't go to the line trying to predict everything that I'm going to do. That would hurt you're game a little bit, because I might miss somebody getting open. I have to go through my progressions to the best of my abilities."
To be fair, there were two virtually unblocked pass rushers coming at him on the play, one from his blind side. Could he have just given up and turtled on the ground to avoid the hit rather than try to make a throw? Sure, but Andy Reid says he can't fault his QB for the decision he made.
"He was trying to make somebody miss, and he wheeled backwards about 15 yards. He had an available receiver down the field, and he was trying to make a play. To tell him that he can't make that throw, you're not going to tell him that. You just want everyone to do their job so that that doesn't happen back there."
As much as Vick needs to protect himself, the Eagles need to protect him.
Coming off an impressive showing against the New England Patriots on Monday night, Foles has performed well thus far in two preseason appearances completing 24 of 38 passes for 361 passing yards and four touchdowns.
The 23-year old University of Arizona product hopes to build upon his strong start in the NFL against the Browns.
"I want to take it one play at a time, move the ball, and most [importantly] we want to put points on the board," Foles said to reporters. "It is really just executing the plays, one play at a time. Just continuing to excel [and] gain comfort in the offense and show the guys around me that I can go out and play at a high level with them."
While its still obviously early in preseason and there's a long list of rookies who had great preseasons and were never heard from again, Foles has outplayed a number of QBs taken ahead of him in the 2012 draft. He was asked whether his draft position (3rd round) has left him with a bit of a chip on his shoulder?
"You know what, I don't even look at it like that. This is where I was meant to be. I couldn't have been happier than coming here. The fact that they believed in me and were the only team to work me out [that] I met with so I had a great comfort level. That's the only thing that is important to me. I am with the Eagles and I couldn't be happier than the great City of Philadelphia. It is special for me to be here. Everybody wants to be the best so [I'll] just keep working hard and help my teammates in any way possible. It is a team game and not an individual game. The quarterback might run the field but there are a lot of guys out there who you saw make a lot of huge plays who protected my butt. I just have to play at a high level and help these guys out."
With NFL rosters due to be cut down to 75 in just 4 days and the deadline to get to 53 just 8 days away, the race for Eagles roster spots is in the home stretch. 15 guys will lose their jobs after the next preseason game and another 22 will be gone after the final game against the Jets. If a guy hasn't locked down a roster spot yet, his time is running dangerously short.
Kevin Noonan of CBS Sports did his full 53 man roster projection for the Eagles and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at an outsider's perspective on the major roster battles.
RB -- In: (3) LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown. Out: Chris Polk. Analysis: Polk has impressed the coaches with his toughness and they may decide to keep him on the 53-man roster, since he would probably be signed off the practice squad by another team. Hard to see Eagles keeping four RBs and suddenly Dion Lewis isn't the lock he was just a week or two ago.
I agree with this one. The Eagles aren't going to keep 4 backs and while they certainly like Chris Polk, I can't say as though he's been so good that he'll displace either Brown or Lewis. That said, I do think Noonan has a point here that Lewis could be the odd man out if Polk earns a job. I am skeptical though, about Noonan's thought that Polk would be signed to another teams' 53 man roster.
There are also a few interesting battles lower down the depth chart at WR.
WR -- In (6): Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Marvin McNutt: Out: Chad Hall, McKay Jacobson, Mardy Gilyard, Brian Hernandez, Jamel Hamler, Tiger Jones, Elvis Akpa. Analysis: Damaris Johnson wasn't drafted, but he makes the team because of his return ability. But several talented young WRs will get caught up in a numbers game. At the least, players like Gilyard, Hamler and Akpa could end up on somebody's practice squad. And one of them could make roster because Riley Cooper has been sidelined almost all of camp with a broken collarbone and that could end up costing him a job.
I've been less convinced by Damaris Johnson the more I've seen of him. After a great camp, he's dropped a couple passes in the preseason and also muffed a punt. He was able to get the ball back, but it wasn't a good sign. He did have a nice return and a 70 yard TD catch against the Steelers though. I just think he has more work to do to get a sure roster spot. Mardy Gilyard is challenging him and Marvin McNutt right now.
Defensive line is the deepest position on the team and its very likely that the Eagles will need to let go at least one player they really like.
DL -- In (9): Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri, Antonio Dixon, Brandon Graham,Vinny Curry, Phillip Hunt. Out: Darryl Tapp, Frank Trotter, Monte Taylor, Cedric Thornton, Ollie Ogbu, Xavier Brown. Analysis: This is the deepest and most talented area on the team and some good players aren't going to make it, including Tapp. It appears Patterson won't be ready for opener and will start season on PUP list, which should open the door for Hunt, who has played as well or better than any d-lineman in camp.
For one, I can't see the Eagles cutting Cedric Thornton to keep Antonio Dixon at this point. Thornton has had a great camp and a strong preseason and has played himself onto this roster in my eyes. Dixon is more likely on the bubble between the two. Tapp will be a tough cut as he's also had a good preseason, but so has everyone else. He could be trade bait, but he also has versatility and can play both inside and outside. That could save him a spot over an extra WR/CB/LB.
None of Noonan's other projections are much of a surprise. He has the Eagles keeping the much maligned Jaiquwan Jarrett, which I actually agree with simply as a numbers issue. I think they'll keep 4 safeties and he'd probably make it by default. Where he could be in trouble is in the days after final cuts and around the first week of the season. There's a chance a decent veteran safety gets cut that the Eagles could jump on.
After entering the season with Super Bowl aspirations, the Philadelphia Eagles got off to a terrible start in 2011, leading to an 8-8 finish that ultimately left them outside the postseason.
"Winning's not easy. There's a fine line between winning and just being close in this league," Jenkins said. "I don't want to get off to the start that we had last year."
Despite being 2-0 in the preseason, the Eagles' starters have had their fair share of worries. In both games, quarterback Michael Vick suffered injuries thanks to shaky offensive line play, much to the dismay of head coach Andy Reid who became animated on the sideline against the New England Patriots.
"It caused a reaction through the whole team. Everybody's going to feed off his emotion," Jenkins said. "I think the team really started playing better after that point too. Everybody needs to carry emotion like that throughout the year."
The Eagles open their season on the road versus the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 9, 2012.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins says he regrets his sideline incident with Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
Jenkins and Reid came together in a heated sideline confrontation during the Eagles' preseason win over the New England Patriots on Monday night. Both are usually mild-mannered individuals and Reid appeared to be madder than anyone had ever seen him when the incident occurred.
Jenkins had jokes for the reporters asking him about the incident. When Jenkins struck a serious tone, he said about Reid:
"No, he was just trying to control things on the side. He was just trying to make sure everything was going the right way," Jenkins continued. "I was getting a little emotional earlier, and he was just trying to control things."
Neither Jenkins nor Reid would go into details about what triggered the incident but both are focused on preparing for the Eagles next preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Todd Herremans will not play in Friday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns because of a family funeral, a report from the Eagles' website confirmed Wednesday. Herremans, a staple of Philadelphia's offensive line for the last eight years, will be replaced by fifth-round pick Dennis Kelly, who will get his first professional start.
According to an Eagles spokesman, due to the funeral Herremans is excused from traveling with the team which is playing in its "all-important" third preseason contest -- a game that normally features starters playing about three quarters. Because of his veteran experience, the loss of Herremans isn't expect to be huge, especially since quarterback Michael Vick is also not playing.
As for the rookie? He's excited about the opportunity.
"I think it's going to be very valuable," said Kelly, who added that he found out he'd be starting Wednesday morning. "It's going to put me under the spotlight I guess you could say. It's going to give me an opportunity to play with the ones during a game, so hopefully I take advantage of the opportunity and show the coaches that if I'm called upon I'll be ready to play."
Vick left Monday Night’s game against the Patriots after two series following a vicious hit directly to his midsection. However, x-rays and a later MRI revealed no broken bones or cartilage damage. In fact, Reid said that if this was the regular season, Vick would be playing this week.
As for the hit itself, Reid said this wasn’t example of Vick being reckless or making poor decisions.
"He was trying to make somebody miss, and he wheeled backwards about 15 yards," explained Reid. " He had an available receiver down the field, and he was trying to make a play. To tell him that he can’t make that throw, you’re not going to tell him that. You just want everyone to do their job so that that doesn’t happen back there. It was when he spun around that he got caught with that."
As for how his QB can stay healthy this season?
"He’s got to play. There is a fine line here because he has to continue to play the game. It’s a violent sport where you’re going to get injuries. If you’re out there worried about that part of it, you’re not going to perform to the best of your ability. Then, you have to catch a break here or there. You have to catch a break in a positive way where you’re not absorbing the big hits."
While Vick’s health won’t be an issue heading into the opener, he won’t have had much preseason action. Vick has played just 12 snaps and thrown 7 passes.
Starting in his place will be rookie Nick Foles, who has turned in a pair of superlative performances in his first two preseason games and currently leads the NFL in QB rating. Reid says that in his extended time Monday night, they didn’t pare down the playbook for him at all.
"Well, the one thing we did was we gave him that opportunity this game. We didn’t cut anything back. He had the full load of plays there and it was a good experience for him from this standpoint: that he’s been a starter at the college level, a very successful starter, and then to learn to be a relief pitcher, that’s a learned experience there that you have. So, to get him that experience where you’re not taking any reps, he didn’t take one rep with the ones and really zero reps against the New England Patriots [in practice]. We gave the ones all those reps. But that will be very similar to what he faces during the season in a backup position. You get called on, you’ve got to be ready to step in and fire and drive the team down the field and make plays and do the things that he did a pretty good job of the other night."
The Eagles will face the Browns this Friday.
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