As most of you are aware, the NFL we’re getting to know now is much different than the one that we grew up with. The workload has lessened at Philadelphia Eagles practices. There’s a heavy focus on limiting injuries, particularly those relating to the head. Some think the game is softer, that there’s more focus on the precautionary measures than is needed. Truthfully, everything that’s being done is understandable.
All of these changes are streamlined in their intent. The goal is to make the game not only safer but better. The NFL has also made changes to its presentation and how its schedule runs. In short, there’s more football.
As the Eagles prepare for another 18-week season, the process begins of slimming a 90-man roster to 53 players.
There are 14 teams that qualify for the postseason. The regular season is an 18-week, 17-game grind now, and then, there are the training camp and preseason rosters. 90 men walk into Eagles training camp. The roster must be trimmed to 85 players by 4:00 p.m. EST on the Tuesday following the first weekend of preseason games, in this case, August 16th.
Once that happens, the next step is for teams to play their second game. The roster is again trimmed, this time to 80 players on the Tuesday following preseason’s second weekend (August 23rd). Lastly, final cuts are made. They’re expected to be completed by August 30th, the final Tuesday of the month, one that follows the third and final preseason game.
Claiming deadlines for waiver requests follow. Practice squads begin forming on August 31st after 12:00 p.m. EST. We still have time before we need to begin those discussions, but the process of trimming a 90-man roster to a 53-man game-day roster is already underway.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced the release of offensive lineman William Dunkle and linebacker Ali Fayad on August 14th. Expect a few more Birds to see the end of their run with the team pretty soon… for now anyway.
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August 15th: The Eagles have agreed to trade J.J. Arcega-Whiteside to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for defensive back Ugo Amadi.
August 16th: At the deadline to trim preseason rosters to 85 players, the Eagles announce the release of wide receiver Lance Lenoir, safety Jared Mayden, and cornerback Jimmy Moreland.
August 17th: 24 hours have passed since Lance Lenoir, Jared Mayden, and Jimmy Moreland have been released, and they’ve all cleared waivers today. That means they’ll now be added to the Eagles’ injured reserve. That, more than likely means, that each man will receive an injury settlement.
August 23rd: The Eagles make decisions on five more players to reduce the size of their preseason roster to the league-mandated 80-man maximum.
August 24th: Ugo Amadi lasted with the Birds for nine days. He’s been traded to the Tennessee Titans.
August 25th: The Eagles have re-signed Josh Blackwell.