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A complete list of moves Eagles made to get to 53-man roster

A complete list of moves Eagles made to get to 53-man roster

After a busy two days, the Eagles have officially cut their roster down to 53 players with various moves.

Some of these players will likely return on the practice squad and some will land on other rosters.

To explain, veteran players who are released are immediately free agents. Younger players who are waived are exposed to waivers and could be claimed by other teams. If they clear waivers, they are then free agents.

Here are all the moves the Eagles made to get to 53:

Placed on Reserve/PUP:

CB Jalen Mills
Mills (foot) was placed on PUP, which means he’ll be out for at least six weeks.

Placed on IR:

TE Richard Rodgers
Since Rodgers was put on IR now, he won’t be eligible for a return this season like he was in 2018. He could eventually reach an injury settlement and could then be released.

Waived/Injured:

DT Aziz Shittu
If Shittu (concussion) clears waivers, he would revert to Eagles’ IR.

Veterans released:

OL Stefen Wisniewski
A somewhat surprise cut, the Eagles have released a guy who started in the Super Bowl a couple years ago. Wiz struggled snapping the ball this preseason, which basically made him a backup left guard.

CB Orlando Scandrick
It's not surprising that Scandrick was released, but he could return after Week 1. By not keeping him on their initial 53-man roster, the Eagles won't guarantee his contract.

DE Kasim Edebali
The veteran didn’t flash much during training camp.

DE Eli Harold
The Eagles traded for Harold, but the former Bills comes up short after not showing much at training camp.

LB Hayes Pullard
A late addition this summer, Pullard didn’t have a chance to show much, but at least the Eagles got a quick look at him.

TE Will Tye
Tye once caught 90 balls in his first two NFL seasons, but is struggling to stick in the league a few years later.

Players waived:

WR Greg Ward
An impressive summer wasn’t enough for Ward, which is a shame. He probably should have earned a roster spot, but the Eagles kept just five receivers.

TE Josh Perkins
This was a big surprise. The Eagles have just two tight ends on their first roster.

QB Clayton Thorson
The Eagles will likely try to get their fifth-round pick to the practice squad.

OT Brett Toth
The former Army offensive tackle wasn’t really ready just yet. He needs to put on weight. Practice squad is a possibility.

RB Wendell Smallwood
Smallwood has been wavied after three years with the Eagles. He was a fifth-round pick back in 2016 and was a solid player in his time with the Eagles, but with four backs in front of him, the Eagles have let him go.

RB Josh Adams
The Eagles are waiving their leading rusher from last year. The Notre Dame product began last season on the practice squad but rushed for 511 yards as a rookie. He could end up on another team's roster.

OL Sua Opeta
The undrafted offensive lineman from Weber State might have a chance to stick on the practice squad.

RB Boston Scott
There was a time where the Boston Scott hype train was picking up speed, but then the Eagles brought back Darren Sproles and derailed it. Maybe Scott could end up on the practice squad.

DT Treyvon Hester
Hester got a finger on the double-doink last year and blocked a FG this preseason, but it wasn't good enough. Hassan Ridgeway made the team ahead of him. The Eagles traded for Ridgeway in April.

TE Alex Ellis
Ellis had a nice training camp and preseason (he made some great catches this summer), but the Eagles will keep three tight ends. Ellis might make sense for the practice squad.

LB Alex Singleton
The former CFL star had a really good training camp (and a great fourth preseason game), but didn't make the roster. This sets up what might be an interesting decision for the 25-year-old. He might be offered a practice squad spot, but he has a career in the CFL to fall back on, too.

WR Marken Michel
A great camp couldn’t earn Michel a roster spot. Sony’s older brother even had that long touchdown catch in the preseason, but it wasn’t enough.

WR Carlton Agudosi
The former Rutgers receiver is 6-6 and had an impressive camp. Perhaps he's back on the practice squad.

S Trae Elston
The safety was always a long-shot.

C Anthony Fabiano
Fabiano isn't a surprising cut. The former Harvard OL had long odds to make the roster.

S Deiondre' Hall
The Eagles actually traded for Hall around this time last year, but he was relegated to a special teamer and couldn’t even get on the field as a safety last year when the Eagles desperately needed safety help.

CB Ajene Harris
The USC rookie came to camp late and played a preseason game on two days notice but was always a long shot.

CB Josh Hawkins
Hawkins struggled this summer and a fresh start could be good for him. He was thrust into action last year in the playoff game against the Saints and it didn’t go well.

QB Cody Kessler
There was a time when Kessler looked like he was going to be the backup. That didn’t last long.

T Riley Mayfield
This one shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Mayfield signed on Wednesday. The North Texas product didn't play in the preseason finale.

CB Jeremiah McKinnon
At times this summer, McKinnon looked decent in training camp, but he struggled in game action. His release should not be a surprise.

RB Donnel Pumphrey
The former fourth-round pick wasn’t a surprising cut. He might be out of chances.

G Keegan Render
Render played center and guard, but was always a deep roster player.

CB Sojourn Shelton
There was just too much depth in front of Shelton for him to ever have a chance. He came in late, too.

WR DeAndre Thompkins
The return man from Penn State was always a long shot.

S Jason Thompson
Thompson arrived earlier this week, so he didn’t spend much time here.

DT Kevin Wilkins
Another Rutgers product, Wilkins had a very good game against the Jets on Thursday but it wasn't enough to keep him around.

LB Chris Worley
A late arrival who didn’t stick.



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10 Eagles who will be hurt most by limited spring workouts

10 Eagles who will be hurt most by limited spring workouts

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this has already been a very strange NFL offseason and it doesn’t seem like anything is going to get back to normal anytime soon. 

While the NFL has forged on despite the spread of the virus, first with free agency and soon enough with the draft in some form, the league has already postponed offseason workouts and there’s a real chance NFL teams won’t have any OTAs this spring. 

The Eagles were scheduled to begin their offseason workouts on April 18 and OTAs would have started in May. 

If there are no spring practices (rookie minicamp, OTAs and mandatory minicamp) this offseason, the Eagles might actually be in a better situation to handle that than the other three NFC East teams. The other three — the Cowboys, Giants and Redskins — hired new head coaches for the 2020 season. That means a whole lot of changes are coming to Dallas, New York and Washington. 

It’s not like the Eagles don’t have any changes. They have a new offensive coordinator, defensive line coach, defensive backs coach, receivers coach and a few new offensive voices. But at least they still have Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz in place. 

The potential of lost spring practices will definitely hurt any rookie that gets drafted or signed. It’s hard enough being a rookie in the NFL and now they’re going to be behind. Because of that, expectations for some rookies might have to be tempered a little bit. 

We know rookies will suffer, but here are 10 Eagles already on the roster who will be negatively affected if there aren’t practices this spring: 

Jalen Mills  

He’s entering Year 5 in Schwartz’s defense so at least Mills will have a good grasp of the scheme, but new DBs coach Marquand Manuel might be making some changes too. And now Mills shifting to a hybrid safety role; any extra practice time probably would have helped. If nothing else, it would have given the Eagles a chance to figure out exactly how they want to use Mills. You can extend this to the entire new-look secondary, including free agent signing Will Parks, who will have to catch up once training camp arrives. 

Javon Hargrave 

The Eagles signed Hargrave to a three-year, $39 million deal because they think he will be a great scheme fit and they’re probably right. But I remember back to 2017 when the Eagles traded for Tim Jernigan. Jernigan played in a 4-3 before but had been playing in Baltimore’s 3-4 for a few years. I remember him telling me it took him longer than he expected to flip his mindset and muscle memory from two-gapping to getting upfield. That’s the transition Hargrave is going to go through and the more time he has to do it the better off he’ll be. 

Jordan Mailata 

We’re entering Year 3 of the Mailata experiment but the difference in 2020 is that he might actually need to play. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is gone and unless the Eagles draft someone, it looks like Mailata is the swing tackle. For a guy who didn’t start playing football until relatively recently, he can use every second he can get on the football field. 

Carson Wentz 

The Eagles will presumably add a receiver at some point this offseason, most likely in the draft. And they’ll probably add a couple. Getting on the same page with receivers is important for any quarterback and missing out on that time would hurt. If that happens, Wentz will probably try to find a way to make it work on his own time if possible. 

Jatavis Brown 

Another newcomer, Brown seems to be a perfect fit for what the Eagles want out of a modern linebacker. He’s had some ups and downs during his four years with the Chargers and this is a chance for a fresh start. But if he’s going to win a starting job, he’ll be behind Nathan Gerry, T.J. Edwards and Duke Riley, who have already been in the defense for at least one year. 

Genard Avery 

At the end of the season, when asked about Avery, Howie Roseman said they always knew they’d have to see what Avery could bring with a full offseason. Well, that’s probably not happening anymore. The Eagles traded a fourth-round pick for the defensive end/standup rusher during the season and Avery played 33 total defensive snaps. 

Elijah Holyfield

The Eagles signed Holyfield at the end of the 2019 season after a year on the Panthers’ practice squad. The 22-year-old running back hasn’t played in an NFL game yet, but the Eagles liked him enough to bring him in at the end of 2019 as they looked ahead to the future. 

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

After a really disappointing rookie season, JJAW was probably hoping to get on the field as soon as possible to start working on his second NFL season. Any extra time with Wentz would help too. 

Shareef Miller 

The Philly native basically had a redshirt season in 2019, which wasn’t his expectation but it wasn’t that surprising. But now with Vinny Curry likely gone, there will be some opportunity and the more he can show the coaching staff, the better his chances will be of making the team and then maybe earning some playing time. 

Sidney Jones 

This is going to technically be Year 4 for Jones and as Roseman said last week, it’s time for him to prove it. That’s hard to do when you’re not on the field. It also seems like Avonte Maddox is the frontrunner for the starting job opposite Darius Slay, but the Eagles would probably love it if Jones could win that position. Gonna be hard without practices. 

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NFL Draft Betting: Will LSU's Justin Jefferson go before No. 24?

NFL Draft Betting: Will LSU's Justin Jefferson go before No. 24?

With the 2020 NFL Draft just weeks away, now is the time to start scouting your first round bets - if you haven't already.

LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a breakout 2019 season, teaming up with Joe Burrow for monster numbers - 111 catches, 1,540 yards, 18 TD - and a national championship.

But where will he fall in the 2020 NFL Draft?

With Jefferson's over/under set at 23.5, NBC Sports Philadelphia betting expert Brad Feinberg thinks you should take the under on Jefferson going before the 24th overall pick.

It's a combination of talent and circumstance, according to Feinberg. He expects this draft class's top three wideouts - Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III - to be gone in the first 15 picks. 

After the big three are off the board, Jefferson is almost unanimously the top choice for teams in need of young, talented pass-catchers like the Raiders (No. 19), the Eagles (No. 21), and the Vikings (No. 22).

"I think 23.5 is a great bet for the under," Feinberg said, "because I fully expect one of those three teams to snag [Jefferson] up in those picks."

Earlier this week, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Michael Gatti looked at the betting lines surrounding the Eagles' No. 21 pick, and found Jefferson as the odds-on favorite at +170.

In what's expected to be one of the most loaded WR drafts in recent memory, four wideouts going in the top 23 isn't a reach. In fact, it's starting to feel like a safe bet.

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