Kicker Alex Henery, fifth-round pick Ed Reynolds, defensive lineman Damion Square, tailback Matthew Tucker and receiver/returner Damaris Johnson were among 19 players the Eagles released Saturday afternoon to reduce the roster to the regular-season limit of 53 (see the roster at a glance).
The waiver period for players released Saturday ends at noon Sunday. Once players clear waivers, they are free to sign with any team or join a practice squad, if they are eligible.
The biggest surprise to survive roster cuts was fourth tight end Trey Burton, an undrafted rookie, who enjoyed a very good preseason.
Henery, the sixth-most accurate kicker in NFL history, was released in favor of Cody Parkey, who made field goals of 53 and 54 yards in the preseason finale Thursday night against the Jets.
Reynolds becomes the first fifth-round pick the Eagles have released before his rookie year since another safety, C.J. Gaddis, in 2008.
Johnson, the NCAA’s all-time total yardage leader, played in 27 games for the Eagles the last two years and had an impressive preseason.
Square, who went undrafted out of Alabama, played in 10 games last year as a rookie defensive tackle.
Tucker was a surprise cut, especially considering the injury problems Chris Polk has had. Tucker split time between the practice squad and active roster last year and played in two regular-season games.
Tucker had a solid preseason, and with Henry Josey also released, the Eagles will go into the season with just three running backs — LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and the injury-plagued Polk.
Others released who have played regular-season games in the past for the Eagles are linebacker Emmanuel Acho, cornerbacks Roc Carmichael and Curtis Marsh and safety Keelan Johnson.
Also released were offensive linemen Josh Andrews, Kevin Graf, linebacker Josh Kaddu, wide receivers Ifeanyi Momah, Will Murphy and Quron Pratt, quarterback G.J. Kinne and running back Kenjon Barner, who was waived injured.
The Eagles also placed two players on season-ending Injured Reserve with previously undisclosed injuries — promising outside linebacker Travis Long (ACL tear in left knee) and receiver Arrelious Benn (lower back).
Additionally, offensive lineman Lane Johnson began his four-game suspension and will not count against the 53-man roster during his suspension.
As of 2 p.m. Saturday, the Eagles’ 53-man roster includes three quarterbacks, three running backs, six receivers, four tight ends, nine offensive linemen, seven defensive linemen, nine linebackers, nine defensive backs.
The roster includes 15 players who weren’t with the Eagles last year, including eight rookies. Six of the Eagles’ seven draft picks made the roster — all but Reynolds — along with two undrafted rookies — Burton and Parkey, who began the offseason with the Colts.
Twenty-three players on the 53-man roster are holdovers from the Andy Reid Era, and 30 have been brought in by Chip Kelly.