Eagles Start To Make Cuts

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Several players left the NovaCare Complex Saturday as the Eagles began to cut down their roster.

The following players have officially been released: kicker Carey Spear; defensive linemen Frances MaysJoe Kruger and Alejandro Villanueva; cornerback Davon Morgan; wide receivers Kadron Boone and B.J. Cunningham; offensive linemen Michael Bamiro, Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins; tight ends Emil Igwenagu and Blake Annen; linebacker Jake Knott; and safety Daytawion Lowe.




The Eagles' roster is at 76. They have to make one more cut by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Among the notable cuts are Kruger, Villanueva and Knott.

Kruger was a seventh-round pick in 2013. The defensive lineman spent his rookie season on injured reserve and didn't show much this summer.

Villanueva, an Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, did not make the cut either.

And Knott, an undrafted free agent in 2013, is gone as well. Knott was hit with a four-game suspension for using PEDs earlier this offseason.

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  • See you on the Fipp side!

    Biggest surprise has to be Joe Kruger.

    • Anebriated

      Not at all. They will try to put him back on the practice squad, he hasn’t shown us anything yet. To me the biggest surprise was Igwenagu, the kid never shows up in the film much but kept making the roster. They must like Burton.

    • Token

      A guy that was never anything? A few select fans hyped him for no reason. Only if you fell for that hype is it a surprise cut.

      • MediaMike

        No reason? He’s got Brett Keisel potential. He just needs the live snaps in a 3-4 system to continue to progress. The guy is very young and will continue to improve. I understand the reasons he’s not on the 53, but he deserves a full year of work on the practice squad.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          com’on, Keisel? if he showed 50% of that, he’d still be on team.

          • MediaMike

            He needs more practice snaps. He’ll get those on the practice squad.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            not sure why you think a guy cut as 75-80th player is going to jump into top 63. 7th rounder, didnt pan out, who gives a rip.

          • MediaMike

            The writers covering the team seemed to deem the guy as being worth the developmental investment. Plus guys with those types of physical tools don’t grow on trees.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            tim also had Emil igwana going to 53. getting whacked in 1st rd of cuts isnt good if you are aiming for practice squad

          • MediaMike

            I’m really not sure if being cut now or next week is historically better for making a practice squad. I’d love to see data on it.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            Chip Kelly: We’re in the process of cutting roster down, official list soon … Wasn’t beneficial to have guys practice who won’t play.
            .
            kelly doesnt even want them wasting other guys who are going to get cut reps. maybe some other coaches try to slide a guy in under radar, doesnt sound like chipper.

          • MediaMike

            I guess we’ll know ultimately when the final practice squad is set.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            yup. he does make some sense. if Bair is 7th, who’is the 8th guy? figure each position get a PS guy to develope. wont be Hart, he’s on 53.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            I’m with you on Kruger. Kid is like 21yrs old. Plenty of time to let him develop. Might get on the PS

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            just with chip, hard to believe if he doesnt even want guy taking practice reps, he’ll give them even more valuable PS spot.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

            I’d rather Burton

          • MediaMike

            Depending on what they do at RB / WR you could see a 4th TE make the 53. Especially if they plan on doing a lot of two TE, two RB, and 1 WR formations due to the overall lack of top end talent in our WR corps.

          • Anebriated

            Rather than give the guy more reps for other teams to watch cut him early then sign him to the PS later. Not saying this will happen but it wouldnt surprise me to see it if they are still available after other teams do their waiver wire work.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            a lot of the last guys cut won’t have PS eligibility. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kruger. Honestly, I’d wager 50% of those PS spots will go to guys not currently on the roster.

        • DP

          Uhh.. Unless Brett Keisel is the starting burger-maker at a McDonald’s drive through, you’re not watching the same Paul Kruger as the rest of us. What has he done to even be mentioned in the same breath as Brett Keisel?

          • DP

            I boofed on the guy’s name, meant Joe Kruger.. Just shows you how much he “stood out”.

          • MediaMike

            He needs the live snaps at 3-4 / 2 gap DE. He played in a 4-3 in college and was IR’d early last year. The physical potential is off the charts.

          • DP

            I’m sorry, I just never saw any flashes of physicality from Kruger. When the Eagles kept Cedric Thornton around a few years ago, you could clearly see the “physical potential” in both practices AND in pre-season games. I’ve yet to see Kruger do anything that would indicate he’s a player in the NFL like his brother. I guess we’ll see. If someone signs him, they see the same thing you do.

          • shady25

            Yeah he needs more snaps 2 gapping. I’ve more year on PS and he’ll be better.

          • DoctorRick

            That’s what I want on my tombstone. “He had a lot of potential.”

          • damrvrhunter

            Who the heck is Brett Kiesel ?

          • MediaMike

            A slightly below pro-bowl level 3-4 DE who really understands his role properly. Very similar body type to Kruger.

            http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/K/KeisBr20.htm

          • MagatBrackendale

            Who’s Paul Kruger? Thought ours was Joe.

          • MediaMike

            Kruger, at 6’6″ 290, brings the correct type of size (and wingspan) to be disruptive in a 3-4 that one would like to see. At 22 and only playing one full off-season in a 3-4, I’d hope we could keep developing the guy on the practice squad.

        • Token

          Why does he have Brett Keisel potential?

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        it’s falling for typical draft hype. spun story that if he stayed and progressed, he’d been 2nd this yr, instead of 7th. which is perfectly fine to draft him in 7th, but lot of moving parts in that spun story. plus he had a shoulder injury, who knows how much that set him back. did the same w/ Poyer last year. didnt get much of that bs/hype this year.

  • NickS, Combine Warrior

    Hope Villanueva, Barton, and Bamiro catch on somewhere as they seemed to have some good stories.

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      Totally agree. Barton never had a shot with the log jam at TE. Villanueva is a world class athletes, like most special forces guys, but not an NFL player. I was really excited about Bamiro, but he never progressed as much as the other guys.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        different guy. Karim, not Burton. FLa TE is still here

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          who’s Barton? guess it doesn’t matter now.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            guard.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            my fault for being drunk by most preseason 4th quarters. cant say I ever noticed him.

  • Bullwinkle

    Would like to see Villanueva make the practice squad. I think he has potential.

  • Myke Lowery

    May I suggest the next cut be Marsh or Carmichael?

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      problem is, gotta play a 4th PS game, and sitting cary, fletch and BB i’m sure.

      • MediaMike

        Yup. But those two fools can get cut next Friday.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          hopefully game ends early and kelly can get those pikers out Thursday

          • anon

            be funny to cut them at halftime, but they will make the squad

          • MediaMike

            How great would it be if those guys went to the locker room after the game and all of their stuff was already in trash bags and boxes?

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            security loading belongings into a running car. Kelly doesnt even let them shower or change. the old ‘GET THE F OUT!’

          • MediaMike

            Could security, plus a few lucky fans, get the privilege of escorting Casey Matthews immediately off of the field and out of the stadium the next time he misses a tackle?

          • Mr. Magee

            Would make a wonderful item at a charity auction!

          • Eaglehaslanded

            LOL!

          • Mr. Magee

            “Keep the helmet, spikes and shoulder pads as our gift. Careful driving.”

          • Fly High

            these comments are not funny at all. I bet most of these guys played their hearts out. Not everybody can make the team, but I want to honor their effort. I bet Chip thinks this way also.

          • MediaMike

            You must be a blast at parties with that attitude.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            everyone gets a trophy…participation ribbons all around

          • MediaMike

            Unreal! I don’t go to a manager to get a server fired if my order comes out wrong, I just nicely ask the server to fix it.
            The NFL is zero sum, so I don’t have time to honor people’s hard work in being not good enough to make the team. We need a 53 man roster that is going to win us a title and SHUT UP EVERY OTHER FAN BASE!

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            i waitered, it gets messed up, i still eat it. never ever know, seen some disgusting crap done by what you think is nice people to food.

          • MediaMike

            I’ve worked as a bouncer in a bar that also had a restaurant. I tried to avoid the bowels of the kitchen at all costs.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            you need to explain this to me

          • MediaMike

            The cooks were all a bunch of drug abusers and surly bums. We nicknamed the one guy “the dirty kitchen pirate” due to his overall look and demeanor. I don’t think they did anything unsavory with the food, but it wasn’t a place worth visiting.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            gross.

          • MediaMike

            I can’t speak to this first hand (because only one of the bars/clubs where I worked had a full kitchen), but people tell me restaurant kitchens are de facto opium dens.

          • MediaMike

            And I don’t sent back things for being cooked at the wrong temp. I’m talking stuff like when “hold the onions” comes out looking like an onion farm.

          • DoctorRick

            and another disgusting visual image. cliff, you’re on a roll

          • damrvrhunter

            LOL you beat me to the punch.

          • cheapmeat.mariota.crackwh0re

            I’m pretty sure the league minimum includes heckling…

          • MediaMike

            True. And I’m not going to throw stuff at either guy in the supermarket if I see them shopping. But in a football environment (here included) they’re expected to deal with it.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            why not? not like Marsh would turn around to see a lettuce head coming at him to know who threw it

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            I’m with you, I just wish they could keep everybody.

          • MediaMike

            Isn’t that how the Redskins won 3 titles pre-cap. They had like 431 players on their roster hidden in various states of “injury.”.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            like middle school soccer. maybe we can have a JV game. play a half before the game and finish 2nd half at halftime of the real game. then, they can stand off to the side and have orange wedges.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            I’d give the orange wedge job to Moemah, but he’d probably drop them.

          • damrvrhunter

            Oh Mr. Colton you are such a wry one. I bet you are a closet Momah fan.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            have you seen how tall he is? I bet he would be a beast in the redzone.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Fades and back shoulder all day. Destined for the Momall of Fame.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            close, he has Mohmah tied up in a closet with fan wires hooked up to his nuts

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            That comment made me think of Marvin McNutt for some reason. Funny thing, I was just reading a day-after review of the 2012 draft (you know Cox/Kendricks/Foles/Curry/Boykin) and the genius said Marvin McNutt was the Eagles best pick.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Who’s the genius? I really liked all of these picks when they happened, but will admit that I wanted us to make a move for Russell Wilson over Foles. I guess that we’ll see how that plays out over a few more years. I just thought Wilson was a warrior. I was ecstatic over the Boykin pick.

          • DoctorRick

            Ewww. disgusting visual image.

          • damrvrhunter

            I have to disagree because I found myself laughing at all the above comments. They are kinda funny!!! This is the NFL we all cant get badges for participating.

          • Dan

            Couldn’t agree more. They’re very good players, just not nfl caliber. They tried hard and just got fired publicly from their dream jobs. Don’t kick them while down.

    • MediaMike

      Please!

    • eaglespur

      instead of cutting them, just spray them with vapoorizer

  • MediaMike

    I look forward to the day when I see a cut list with both Casey Matthews and Alex Henery on it.

  • PatrickVoltage

    Does Knott getting cut mean more looks for Long at ILB? He played decent against Pittsburgh

    • MediaMike

      I agree………..and the 4 ILB guys can be Kendricks, Ryans, Long, and Goode.
      BYE BYE MATTHEWS!

      • Jay Kalinowski

        Goode, Long, Cox?

    • Eaglehaslanded

      Listening to Chip talk about Long, He has already made the 53.

      • MediaMike

        He best have made it as an OLB/ILB guy so we can cut Casey Matthews.

      • ICDogg

        We need the photo of Long and Cox standing next to each other.

        • MediaMike

          You can just watch the locker room shower in Any Given Sunday if you’re in the mood for that sort of thing.

  • Fly High

    What is most interesting to me, is “Who are the potential Practice Squad guys?”
    QB – Kinne, RB, Josey, plus the loser of the Tucker-Polk battle, is Barner eligible?
    WR – Is Benn eligible?, Pratt, Murphy,, I bet Momah gets snapped up if not on final 53., TE – Burton, OL, Graf, Andrews, Vandervelde could go on IR.
    ST – i think it is possible Parkey goes on Practice Squad, so they can work him out more, and being him up if Henery continues to struggle.
    DL – Square? I can’t see Kelikipi
    LB – Acho. I can’t see Kaddu, I think any of the top 6 OLB would snapped up by another team
    CB – Keelan Johnson, who has flashed a little
    I don’t necessarily see 10 strong choices here, maybe a chance we pick up guys from other teams.

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      I’m glad you’ve recovered from your shock and indignation

  • Adam

    Biggest surprise for me is Cunningham over Murphy.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Good theory by Tommy Lawlor. Cunningham may have a chance to make another team, so cutting him now gives him more of a chance to do so. Cutting Murphy now does him no favors, as he’s not getting signed by anybody.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        That’s actually what I took from a couple of these early cuts.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Looks to me like this staff isn’t interested in allowing guys to become PS lifers.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    I didn’t get to watch the Steelers game but was looking through the pics posted up and noticed a couple of pics with two RBs. Namely Sproles & another back, with Sproles splitting out at the snap into a screen. Did they run a lot of 2 back sets? I was curious if we’d see this with the addition of Sproles.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Bamiro was quoted as saying he didn’t have the greatest work ethic last season. Guess Eagles weren’t man ng the same mistake twice.

    • MediaMike

      A lack of effort isn’t going to get the bills paid in the NFL.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RipperEagle96?feature=mhee RJ

    I feel for Villaneuva. Hopefully we can put him on the P.S. after the final cuts.

  • HokiEagle07

    CanCasey Mathews be next? With Long cross-training, Najee in Good(e) standing, and Acho (actually, what’s he been doing?), I’m hoping Mathews will be the next roster cut. I just haven’t seen ANYTHING good from him since Andy drafted him.

  • jon h

    Can’t we trade Marsh to the Jets? They have nothing at corner right now.