Aug 24, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Adonis Thomas (35) looks to get around Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Akeem Jordan (56) in the fourth quarter in a preseason game at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

53-Man Roster Projection Update: First Cuts

The Eagles made 11 cuts yesterday and today, and with news coming out of Andy Reid’s press conference this morning, here’s how I see the projected 53-man roster being impacted.

I’m keeping the offense and specialists exactly how they were yesterday, but I’m making changes on defense.

I’m still going with the 6 DEs (Babin, Cole, Curry, Graham, Hunt, Tapp). I don’t think they can realistically cut any of them after the performances this preseason, and I don’t think they’ll get equal value in any trade. With Andy Reid’s comments today that Mike Patterson might miss the entire season, Antonio Dixon’s roster spot becomes a lot more solidified. He’s struggled to rush the passer, but he’s a big body who can play in goal-line packages and will provide depth as the 5th DT behind Jenkins, Cox, Landri, and Thornton.

August 9, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman (33) runs with the ball past Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (90) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

The big change is at linebacker, where Andy Reid announced that Akeem Jordan will be taking over for Brian Rolle as the starting weakside linebacker. I had Jordan getting cut in my roster update yesterday, but obviously that has to change. I think this means that Keenan Clayton is cut from the team, and the team will go with 6 LBs (Kendricks, Ryans, Jordan, Chaney, Matthews, Rolle).

At cornerback, I had Cliff Harris making the team as the 5th corner, but he was cut this morning. Andy Reid also said Joselio Hanson will be the 1st-team nickel CB, so he’ll have to make the team in this roster update as well. This probably means the Eagles will have to carry 6 CBs, since Hanson doesn’t play outside. If the team takes 6 CBs (Asomugha, Rodgers-Cromartie, Hanson, Marsh, Boykin, and Brandon Hughes would be my guess), they would only be able to take 3 safeties (Allen, Coleman, Atogwe) and Jaiquawn Jarrett would be cut. If they believe that Brandon Boykin can handle playing outside in some situations, they’ll go with 5 CBs and cut Hughes, with Jarrett making the team as the 4th safety. If they decide they want 6 cornerbacks and 4 safeties, one of the defensive lineman will have to be cut or traded. In that scenario, Tapp would be the most likely out of the bunch to be traded. Another solution to the 10 DB problem could be just keeping 5 WRs and rolling with the Jackson-Maclin-Avant-Johnson quartet active on gamedays for a couple weeks until Riley Cooper is healthy again, though that leaves them extremely thin in the event of an injury.

December 18, 2011; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson (21) celebrates his fumble recovery against the New York Jets during the game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won 45-19. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE


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