8/31: Eagles Cut Tracker
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We’ll have updates on all of the action today right here, so keep checking back and refreshing this page.
Update: The Eagles’ roster is down to 53.
Chris McCoy, OLB – The outside linebacker played well in the preseason finale against the Jets, but that wasn’t enough to earn him a roster spot. His release is somewhat surprising because the team now only has three outside linebackers on the roster in Connor Barwin, Trent Cole and Brandon Graham.
Travis Long, OLB – He was another outside linebacker who had a shot. The Eagles added him to the roster this summer, but he didn’t stick either.
Greg Salas, WR – His release was a surprise. The Eagles decided to go with Jeff Maehl instead of him for the fifth and final wide receiver spot. I had both Salas and Shepard making the roster, but in the end, both were released.
Matthew Tucker, RB – His only shot was as the Eagles’ fourth running back, but the team decided it only needs three for now: LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk. Tucker was an undrafted free agent out of TCU and failed his conditioning test initially in the spring. He could be a practice squad option.
Danny Watkins, OG – The former first-round pick is being released, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Watkins started 18 games in two seasons with the Eagles and never performed consistently at a high level. Chip Kelly did not provide much of an endorsement when asked about Watkins Thursday night. And he got passed over on the depth chart by veteran Allen Barbre. We’ll have more on Watkins in a separate post.
Clay Harbor, TE – Kelly gave him a shot to show he could play tight end and wide receiver. But apparently, in the end, there wasn’t a place for Harbor.
Want to thank the Eagles for the last three seasons it was a great to be able to play in such a passionate city!
— Clay Harbor (@clayharbs82) August 31, 2013
A fourth-round pick in 2010, Harbor had 47 catches for 421 yards in three NFL seasons with the Eagles.
Russell Shepard, WR – He was definitely on the bubble, and apparently Shepard didn’t show the Eagles enough this summer to warrant a roster spot.
I want to thank the Eagles for the opportunity !!! Just wasn’t in GODS plan
— Russell Shepard Jr.. (@LSUShep10) August 31, 2013
An undrafted free agent with upside and special-teams chops, Shepard has a chance to make the practice squad.
Michael Bamiro, OT – The Eagles have cut the developmental right tackle, according to the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane. Bamiro (6-8, 340) joined the team in mid-July. He has an intriguing physical skill set, but didn’t look ready to contribute this year. Bamiro could end up on the Eagles’ practice squad.
His release was good news for undrafted free agent Matt Tobin, who ended up making the squad.
David Sims, S – The team has let the veteran safety go, according to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. Sims joined the squad before the opener last offseason and saw action on defense/special teams. He went from working as a trash collector to earning a spot in the NFL. Now Sims will try to continue his career with another team.