Eagles continue roster cutdown and waive 5 players

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – AUGUST 29: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Marken Michel (80) makes a catch during the Preseason National Football League game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets on August 29, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)

The roster cutdown is well underway in Philadelphia. On Sunday, the Eagles started trimming their 80-man roster by waiving five players to bring the total down to 75. Here is everything you need to know:

TE Cary Angeline:

Angeline was only signed by the Eagles a week ago due to the lack of depth at TE. Tyree Jackson picked up an injury and the team waived Jason Croom. There’s a strong chance he returns on the practice squad, bringing unique size to the position along with a strong collegiate record.

DE JaQuan Bailey:

Another strong candidate for the practice squad, Bailey was signed as a UDFA this offseason. He had a fairly solid preseason, making the occasional play, which should give the Eagles enough confidence that they can develop him further.

RB Elijah Holyfield:

Having joined the Eagles last offseason, I was interested to see whether the Georgia product would be able to take a step forward in year two. While he saw some significant preseason action, he was unable to separate himself from the crowd but is easily another viable practice squad candidate.

WR Marken Michel:

Joining the roster just a few breaths before the preseason finale meant that there was always going to be an uphill battle for the man who was on the verge of cracking the final roster last season. Michel saw some work on special teams and has enough of a resume to draw attention from elsewhere, as well as a strong CFL background. He’ll probably be poached by another team, but it’s worth keeping an eye on him as a potential gadget player.

LB Rashad Smith:

The FAU product is in his second NFL season and was signed as a depth piece for a very young LB group. Unfortunately for him, the position actually looks to be the strongest it has in years, leaving him on the outside looking in.

The Eagles need to bring their roster down to 53 by Tuesday at 4PM. Stay tuned for all of the latest roster updates.

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