Eagles 52-Man Roster... Plus Jean-Gilles
By Lance Epstein
Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Eagles could not consummate the Stacy Andrews trade to Seattle before the NFL's 6 p.m. roster deadline, so they were forced to release guard Max Jean-Gilles.
GM Howie Roseman says that Jean-Gilles will be signed tomorrow morning. However, Gilles is able to sign with anyone he wants since he does not have to clear waivers. More than likely, Gilles will be the tenth offensive lineman the Eagles keep.
Still there are many surprises as the roster was released, but none were bigger than Jorrick Calvin, Jamar Chaney and King Dunlap making the team.
Here is what the Eagles current roster looks like and a breakdown at each position:
Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick and Mike Kafka
Breakdown: This was clearly the easiest position to makes cuts on. The Eagles knew they were keeping all three quarterbacks. Expect Mike Kafka to be a healthy inactive all season, but learn on the sidelines.
Running Back/Fullback (4):
LeSean McCoy, Leonard Weaver, Mike Bell and Eldra Buckley
Breakdown: Once the Eagles released Martell Mallett and J.J. Arrington on Friday afternoon, it became clear that Buckley would be the No. 3 running back. Buckley is a solid special teams player and runs extremely hard. The Eagles should be more worried about their No. 2 running back Mike Bell, who has not been healthy throughout the offseason and training camp.
Wide receiver (5):
DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper and Hank Baskett
Breakdown: Besides having to cut guard Max Jean-Gilles, the very last player to be axed was WR Kelley Washington. Many believe his spectacular special teams play during the preseason finale would find him a spot on the roster. However, if the Eagles put him on the roster, then they would have lost CB Jorrick Calvin or LB Jamar Chaney. It basically came down to taking Washington or Hank Baskett. Unfortunately for Washington, Baskett has more experience in the system and the coaches felt more comfortable with him.
Tight End (2):
Brent Celek and Clayton Harbor
Breakdown: The tragic story of Cornelius Ingram comes to an end. Hopefully he catches on elsewhere, but there is a chance he makes it onto the Eagles practice squad. Furthermore, if there is an injury to Harbor or Celek than he might be resigned. Still, the Eagles are taking a huge risk with the backup tight end being a rookie with no experience. They are extremely thin at tight end.
Offensive line (10):
Jason Peters, Todd Herremans, Jamaal Jackson, Reggie Wells, Winston Justice, Nick Cole, Austin Howard, Mike McGlynn, King Dunlap and Max Jean-Gilles
Breakdown: Once guard Reggie Wells was acquired from the Cardinals on Friday, the writing was on the wall for Stacy Andrews. Also, Andrews voicing his displeasure about the deal to the media didn't sit well with the front office. A bit of a surprise is that the Eagles could not get a deal done fast enough and were forced to release Max Jean-Gilles. However, the bigger shock was King Dunlap was kept over Gilles. A player from this group to watch is tackle Austin Howard. The undrafted rookie could eventually become a starter along the line for the Eagles. If Winston Justice struggles, the Eagles won't think twice about inserting him at right tackle. Again Roseman says Jean-Gilles will be brought back tomorrow.
Defensive Line (10)
Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Mike Patterson, Brodrick Bunkley, Antonio Dixon, Trevor Laws, Darryl Tapp, Juqua Parker, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Antwan Barnes
Breakdown: Earlier in the day the Eagles traded a 2011 seventh-round pick to the Ravens for DE Antwan Barnes. After that trade was announced, everyone assumed that Darryl Tapp or Moise Fokou would be on the chopping block, but both managed to survive. Tapp was recently given a contract extension, so likelihood of him being cut was slim. Barnes should be able to play the Eagles joker position and be a nice addition to the rotation. While the Eagles would have loved to keep DT Jeff Owens, there just wasn't enough room. Nervertheless, Owens expects to make the practice squad according to his twitter. Yet it would be a bit of surprise if he clears waivers.
Stewart Bradley, Ernie Sims, Akeem Jordan, Omar Gaither, Keenan Clayton, Jamar Chaney and Moise Fokou
Breakdown: Perhaps the last two players to make the squad came from the linebacking unit. Fokou and Chaney had to be sweating bullets as the 6 p.m. deadline approached. Still, it was hard to imagine the Eagles getting rid of Fokou since he is the only SAM linebacker on the roster besides Akeem Jordan. Additionally, he is a good player to have on special teams. As for Chaney, the Eagles knew he would never make it through waivers. With Omar Gaither's contract expiring soon, Chaney will be groomed to replace him. Still, Chaney shouldn't be too excited. If there is a need to pick up a player, he will likely be the first to go.
Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, Joselio Hanson, Trevard Lindley, Dimitri Patterson and Jorrick Calvin
Breakdown: A guy that probably no one thought would make the team was Jorrick Calvin. Calvin has only been an Eagle for 5 days. However, Roseman and Ried have been watching him for quite some time. He is a physical corner with all the attributes to be an above average cornerback in this league. Additionally, coach Reid might public say he is fine with starting CB Ellis Hobbs returning kickoffs, but he rather not lose his starting corner on special teams. Keeping Calvin allows Hobbs to focus squarely on playing corner and for the Eagles to hold onto a potential steal.
Quintin Mikell, Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman and Macho Harris
Breakdown: Many believe that either Macho Harris or Quintin Dems would be released. Nobody expected the Eagles to go into the season opener against the Green Bay Packers with just three safeties and two of which are rookies. This is a huge gamble by the Eagles. Without a doubt, Demps and Harris will find homes somewhere in the league. If Coleman and Allen struggle or get hurt then the Eagles have no one waiting in the wings. Moreover, there might not be anyone on the market has more talent or that knows the system as well as Harris or Demps. This allowed the Eagles to keep a player like Chaney or Calvin, but might be costly down the road.
Special Teams Specialists (3):
David Akers, Sav Rocca and John Dorenbos
Breakdown: Status quo from last year. Nothing really to breakdown except parents should teach their kids to be long-snappers.