Eagles 53-man roster cutdown tracker: Analysis on every move

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 22: Philadelphia Eagles helmet sits on a cart during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagle on December 22, 2019, at Lincoln Financial Filed in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Welcome to the chaos. The Eagles have officially started trimming into their 80-man roster in a bid to get it down to 53 before 4:00PM EST on Saturday. We’ll be tracking every move and bringing you instant analysis along the way, so make sure to keep this page pinned!

DB Michael Jacquet

Signed as a UDFA this year, Jacquet was fighting for a practice squad spot from the off. We’ll see if that’s where he hands.

TE Caleb Wilson

The Eagles basically confirm that Noah Togiai has made the final roster as the team’s third tight end. Wilson should absolutely be a practice squad candidate.

DE Matt Leo

Leo was part of the NFL’s international pathway program and should theoretically land on the practice squad without the cost of a roster spot because of his path to the NFL.

CB Trevor Williams

After being cut shortly before training camp, Trevor Williams was re-signed due to a string of missed practices by Sidney Jones. It seemed to be too little, too late though. Williams never really had much of a shot here. This is probably a sign that the team are going to keep Jones around as opposed to making a wildcard decision during his contract year.

DT. T.Y McGill

McGill was another late arrival to camp battling in a position flooded with depth. Not surprising, but he could well be a practice squad candidate.

S Grayland Arnold

I was really surprised by this. The Eagles were high on Arnold coming out of Baylor and with the injury to Will Parks, it made sense to keep him around. It looks as though the team will instead the Marcus Epps special teams wave.

WR Travis Fulgham

A very late addition to the roster, Fulgham’s path to the final-53 would’ve been through special teams. It was always a longshot, but Fulgham had too much ground to make up.

G Julian Good-Jones

I fully expect Good-Jones to end up on the practice squad. Depth at guard (as we know) is thin.

RB’s Elijah Holyfield, Adrian Killins, Michael Warren

I am genuinely taken aback by this. To me, keeping Elijah Holyfield as RB4 made too much sense, especially after such a strong and consistent camp. Perhaps the team are looking at Ronald Jones after the Bucs poached Leonard Fournette?

Adrian Killins should easily land on the practice squad as arguably the team’s fastest player (4.39 zoom zoom). He had a great Summer and could be the perfect ‘Boston Scott’ backup as a player who can make a ‘killin’ in the open-field.

Michael Warren was a little disappointing. We really didn’t hear much from him at all so this doesn’t come as a surprise.

S Elijah Riley

Riley, like many UDFA’s this year, was always battling against the current. He could be an intriguing practice squad candidate however. The team were high on him in the pre-draft process. It is a little worrying that they’re cutting safeties after the Will Parks injury.

TE Tyrone Swoopes

The former Seahawk filled out the roster after Perkins had his season ripped way. Noah Togiai had his handprints on the TE3 role for quite some time however, leaving Swoopes with a lot to do.

WR Deontay Burnett

This one will sting. Burnett was arguably one of the Summer’s brightest standouts but was simply lost in the shuffle. The Eagles had more than 10 healthy wide receivers for most of camp, limiting Burnett’s chances of cracking the final 53, regardless of how consistently he impressed.

The good news is that the new practice squad format may mean he does get promoted to the active roster on a few occasions as the season goes on. His story isn’t over yet so long as the Eagles can sneak him on their practice squad.

WR Marcus Green

Green was one of the later additions to the 80-man roster after initially signing a futures contract last year. He had a fairly strong start to the Summer but like Burnett, was always fighting a losing battle.

Green should be a practice squad candidate.

C Luke Juriga

Another practice squad candidate, Westrern Michigan’s Luke Juriga has been informed he’s being waived. Juriga, theoretically, was one of the primary backups behind Jason Kelce. With the versatility of other linemen ahead of him and such a dire need for depth at both tackle and guard, it made sense to run a little lighter with the new practice squad rules in the hopes of rotating help up to the main roster when needed.

WR Manasseh Bailey

A UDFA out of Morgan State, Bailey, again, was another longshot to make the roster. He did flash some potential throughout camp and will likely end up on another team’s practice squad. The Eagles already have their WR candidates they’d like to keep. If that becomes unattainable, Bailey could return.

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