Everything you need to know about the Eagles roster cuts

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After a stressful week of roster cuts, the Philadelphia Eagles now have their finalized 53-man roster that they’ll start the regular season with. Here is everything you need to know.

(Per the official press release)

Released the following players:

  • Andrew Adams
  • Le’Raven Clark
  • RB Jordan Howard
  • DT Hassan Ridgeway
  • TE Richard Rodgers
  • CB Kevon Seymour

Waived the following players:

  • Grayland Arnold
  • G/T Kayode Awosika
  • WR Travis Fulgham
  • WR John Hightower
  • RB Jason Huntley
  • CB Michael Jacquet
  • CB Craig James
  • DE Matt Leo
  • Sua Opeta
  • WR Andre Patton
  • C/G Ross Pierschbacher
  • Elijah Riley
  • LB JaCoby Stevens
  • DT Raequan Williams

Placed the following players on Reserve/Injured:

  • Blake Countess

Placed the following players on Reserve/COVID-19:

  • DT T.Y. McGill

There are a few big shocks here. Andrew Adams was expected to take on a special teams role, replacing Rudy Ford, but he ultimately became the fall guy for the return of Rodney McLeod. The Eagles will be light on depth at Safety going into the season, having also waived Elijah Riley, but that’s not the only spot.

The team waived all three outside corners (Jacquet, Seymour, James), leaving Josiah Scott as the only other backup alongside Zech McPhearson. That’s a lot of nickel love.

John Hightower and Travis Fulgham both got the chop, with the former being more surprising. Had it not been for an injury, we may well have seen Hightower push to displace JJAW, who becomes the team’s sole big-bodied receiver on the back of an impressive preseason finale.

Hassan Ridgeway officially lost the battle to T.Y McGill, but he was placed on the COVID-19 list anyway.

Waiving Sua Opeta was surprising. The Eagles must have a lot of faith in Nate Herbig to develop into a viable backup center, given that he’s the only one outside of Seumalo and a returning Dickerson to have experience playing the spot. Brett Toth deserves a huge hand here. The Army product snuck onto the roster after a very solid preseason.

Richard Rodgers failing to make the roster over Jack Stoll came as a big surprise as the UDFA didn’t have the smoothest offseason. However, Rodgers should clear waivers pretty comfortably.

You can find more analysis on some of the moves made earlier in the day here.

Stay tuned for analysis on the final 53-man roster.

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