Eagles trim roster to 85 with trio of roster moves

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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 15: Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (33) catches a pass near the sidelines and out runs the defense for a touchdown during the Detroit Lions versus Los Angeles Chargers game on Sunday September 15, 2019 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire)

It’s officially that time of year. The Philadelphia Eagles have started their roster cutdown process by waiving three players with an injury designation. Here’s everything you need to know.

The roster now sits at 85. It was previously at 88 after the team waived both Adrian Killins and Caleb Wilson. Today, they parted ways with three more players, all waived with an injury designation.

RB: Kerryon Johnson
C Luke Juriga
OT Casey Tucker

Kerryon Johnson’s departure is probably the most significant. He was engaged in a battle with Jordan Howard for a potential RB3/4 role on the roster as the team’s thumper between the tackles and for the most part, seemed to look the part. Unfortunately, a nagging injury history looks to have caught up to the 24-year-old, effectively gifting Jordan Howard the roster spot and bringing an end to his Eagles tenure before it had a chance to really get going.

Luke Juriga played pretty poorly at center against the Steelers, so this move shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. The Eagles interestingly only have one other backup center on the roster in the way of UDFA Harry Crider. Expect him to get a lot of preseason attention over the next three weeks. The team still lack a real backup to Jason Kelce and unless Seumalo kicks inside, they might have to bank on the growth of Crider and health of Kelce for the upcoming season.

The waiving of Tucker opens the doors even further to former Army graduate Brett Toth. The Eagles have a flurry of tackles at their disposal, with two high-ceiling prospects on the left and Jack Driscoll backing up Lane Johnson on the right. Tucker was unfortunately expendable.

The waiving with an injury designation means that if the players go unclaimed on waivers, they’ll revert back to the team’s reserve list, where they can agree a settlement.

The Philadelphia Eagles will lock horns with the New England Patriots this Thursday at Lincoln Financial Field.

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