SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 30: Ronald Johnson #88 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a pass during practice at the San Francisco 49ers training facility on July 30, 2011 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Eagles Finalize Eight Man Practice Squad

The Eagles added three more players today to round out their 8 man practice squad

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Philadelphia Eagles Finalize Practice Squad

The Eagles have added three more players, finalizing their practice squad for the start of the 2011 season. On Sunday they had signed five players, WR Chad Hall, G Dallas Reynolds, FB Stanley Havili, LB Greg Lloyd, and DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, all of whom were previously with the team in training camp. Today, they re-signed Cedric Thornton, who had been cut yesterday to make room for Kyle DeVan.

The two final members of the practice squad come from outside of the organization, TE Anthony Hill and WR Ronald Johnson. Hill was originally a fourth round pick of the Texans in 2009. He’s a massive guy at 6-6, 277 lbs, but has only appeared in five games over two seasons. He’s recorded just one catch. Given his size and athleticism, you have to wonder whether the Eagles might see him as a possible tackle, much like like Jason Peters, who was also converted from TE.

The 49ers chose Ronald Johnson with a 6th round pick in this years’ draft out of USC. With the Trojans, Johnson was a standout kick and punt return man. With the Eagles being thin in that area, he’s likely here for insurance.


Philadelphia Eagles Sign Five To Practice Squad, Add Former Colts G

The Eagles have begun signing players to their practice squad and all the names will be very familiar. All five players they’ve added to this point were with the team in preseason. WR Chad Hall, G Dallas Reynolds, FB Stanley Havili, LB Greg Lloyd, and DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. The latter three were all draft picks of the team.

The team also made a cut today, DT Cedric Thornton, who is likely to end up on the practice squad if he doesn’t get claimed. Just yesterday we wrote about what a surprise it was that Thornton made the team, but his roster spot wasn’t safe until they kicked off with the Rams this weekend.. In the end, his spot was safe for less than 24 hours.

Replacing him on the roster will be former Colts G Kyle DeVan, who the Eagles claimed off waivers. DeVan, 26, has started 21 regular season games for the Colts from 2009-2010 and even started in the Super Bowl. He’s played both RG and LG and worked under Howard Mudd in 2009, which is probably the main reason he’s here.


NFL Cuts 2011: Big Names Released Around The NFL

NFL teams released well over 600 players today as cut down day arrived in the NFL. As of right now all teams are at the 53 man roster limit and to get there several let go some familiar names. Perhaps the most notable was Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, who has made two straight pro bowls. Problem is, he hasn't been nearly deserving of them and has mostly gotten votes based on his reputation as a first round pick and for the fact that he's on the Patriots. His release today should serve notice to general public what many NFL watchers have known for a while, Meriweather is one of the most overrated players in the NFL.

The Chicago Bears released Chester Taylor today after releasing a week ago and then rescinding it. Taylor was one of the guys acquired in Bears "spending spree" prior to last season. I remember them introducing Taylor, Brandon Manumaleuna & Julius Peppers all at the same press conference when they signed the trio on the opening weekend of free agency. Just one is still with the team.

Our old pal Max Jean-Gilles was released by the Bengals today. He was the habitual backup in Philly for years and thanks to the ever rotating RG spot, actually ended up starting 25 games for the Eagles.... Now he can't make the Bengals.

The Dolphins cut CB Will Allen and RB Larry Johnson, presumably when they realized it was 2006 anymore.

If you're looking for a possible linebacker to shake loose the Eagles could be interested in, the Ravens released former 3rd round pick Tavares Gooden. He's never been able to crack the lineup with regularity in Baltimore, but that's certainly not an easy unit to get a starting job in. That said, Gooden was one of the highest rated LBs in the country and never quite realized that potential at Miami and now in the NFL he hasn't either. So in all likelihood he is what he is.


Eagles 53 Man Roster Roster A Bit Imbalanced

The dust has settled, hundreds of players around the NFL have been cut and teams have settled on their 53 man roster. Of course, the frenzy kicks back up tomorrow as teams can begin constructing their practice squads and signing players who have been cut by other teams. So, just because a guy wasn't cut today doesn't mean his roster spot is safe. Knowing that, who might be candidates to lose their jobs in the next couple days? We could get some idea by looking at the positions where the Eagles have a surplus. 

The offense is pretty well balanced numbers wise.

QB (3), RB (4), WR (5), TE (2), OL (9)

The defense has some areas that could be considered heavy.

DE (5), DT (5), LB (6), CB (6), S (5) Specialists (3)

I would say that there's an extra DT and an an extra corner in there. There's five safeties, but one is Colt Anderson, who is almost only special teams player. The DTs seem extra stocked because they decided to keep Cedric Thornton, but they've had injuries at that position all during camp, so it does make some sense that they kept an extra guy there.

Corner is the spot where it would seem like they have an extra guy. Brandon Hughes was a bit of a surprise to make the team and while I know the Eagles like him, he could certainly be a guy on the way out if they wanted to add another player, potentially a punt returner in the next week. Of course, Trevard Lindley could be a candidate to be cut as well.


Philadelphia Eagles Roster: Undrafted Surprises Make The Team

After a flurry of cuts over the past three days that say about 20 players lose their jobs, the Eagles have settled on their final (for now) 53 man roster. The big surprises are undrafted free agents Phillip Hunt and Cedric Thornton.

The Eagles signed Hunt away from the CFL, where he led the league in sacks. He had a very impressive camp and preseason with the team and actually led the Eagles in sacks (3) during the preseason. Initially it was reported that he was going to be cut, but that was later debunked and Hunt earned himself a roster spot.

"I think what we looked at was the job that [DE] Phillip Hunt did here in the preseason." Eagles GM Howie Roseman said. "We wanted to make sure that we stayed based on what the film was telling us and kind of reacted off that. This is a guy in every game that he played was making a difference rushing the passer, and obviously he was successful in the CFL, and he's a guy that we liked coming out of the University of Houston. I think it's a testament to him that he came in here and had the production that he did and everyday he came to play."

Cedric Thornton is the other surprise to make the roster. Thornton is a massive 6-3, 309 DT who was undrafted out of division 1AA Southern Arkansas. The Eagles really like his upside and thought he did some impressive things in preseason. Plus, with Antonio Dixon, Mike Patterson and Trevor Laws all missing time in preseason, they could use the depth at DT.

Of course, we must keep in mind that this is not the final 53 man roster. Until they kickoff in St. Louis next Sunday, many of these guys’ jobs are not safe. Hundreds of players have been released around the leauge today and it’s almost certain that the Eagles are going to have interest in some of them. So expect to see another flurry of cuts and signings in the coming days.


NFL Cuts 2011: Eagles Make Surprising Cuts

The Eagles have until 6pm to get their roster down to 53 and have made some surprising cuts in the last few minutes. First came the release of Joselio Hanson, a solid, but pretty well paid third corner. With the trio of Asante Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Hanson was clearly seen as surplus to requirements. The Eagles had reportedly tried to trade him, but obviously couldn’t get a deal done. The team also let go of last years' starting center Mike McGlynn.

"Yeah, those are good players and guys who played a lot of football for us and we appreciate their efforts and they'll get a great opportunity to catch on somewhere pretty quickly here" said Eagles GM Howie Roseman. "And those are tough decisions and at both those positions we feel like we have some depth and kind of a combination of some youth and veterans. And we went through the process and we kind of came out on that end, but not easy decisions."

The Eagles then released last years’ third round pick Daniel Te’O-Nesheim and preseason sack leader Phillip Hunt. Those two could certainly end up back as practice squad players. Adam Caplan reports that undrafted DT Cedric Thornton will make the roster.

The released of Phillip Hunt is certainly a surprise given how good he was in preseason and camp. However, the Eagles are fairly well stocked at defensive end, but have a lot of injury question marks at DT. With Anthony Dixon, Mike Patterson and Trevor Laws all missing significant time in preseason, it would seem like the team wanted extra depth at DT rather than DE.

TE Donald Lee was also somewhat of a surprise cut after he had a solid preseason. That means the Eagles go with two TEs, Brent Celek and Clay Harbor. That said, Lee could be a prime candidate for the to sign after week one. Under NFL rules, "vested vets" such as Lee can be signed after the first week of the season without the team having to guarantee the contract.


NFL Cuts 2011: Eagles Release Sinorice Moss & Chad Hall

The Eagles have until this afternoon to cut down their roster to 53. They released nine players yesterday and placed two on the physically unable to perform list. Today, the rest of the team learns their fate. The first two players on the block were Chad Hall and Sinorice Moss. Both were working as special teamers and WRs with varying degrees of success this preseason. Hall actually led the team in catches and yards this preseason, but fumbled a punt return against the Jets. Hall is still practice squad eligible so he could be back.

Moss really did play fairly well in preseason. He did good things both as a WR and a punt returner. He could certainly find himself a job somewhere around the NFL. If not, as a vested veteran the Eagles could bring him back after week one without guaranteeing his full salary.

We'll continue tracking the Eagles cuts as they look to trim their roster to 53 by 6pm tonight.


NFL Cuts 2011: Eagles Release Nine Players

The Eagles have until Saturday to trim their roster down to the 53 man limit for the regular season. With about 70 players currently under contract, that means that Andy Reid and co have a lot of work to do and a lot of players to let go. Of course, those guys that do last until Saturday when the final cut is made still aren’t safe. Undoubtedly there will be players that other teams let go that the Eagles will have interest in.

In addition, all is not lost for the players who were let go. After the cuts are made, the Eagles will build their practice squad and several of these players are likely to be on it. So, with cuts underway, the Eagles announced their first nine releases and there are no big surprises.

CB Jamar Wall, WR Rod Harper, DE Chris Wilson, LB Rashad Jeanty, C A.Q. Shipley, TE Cornelius Ingram, FB Stanley Havili, G Dallas Reynolds, RB Graig Cooper

[Update 09/02/11 6:50 PM EDT ] Brandon Graham and Winston Justice have been placed on the PUP list and will be unavailable for the first six weeks of the season.


NFL Cuts 2011: Eagles Release Four Players

The Eagles announced today that they've released four players, but need to cut one more to get the roster to the 80 man limit by tomorrow

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