Eagles cut 12 players, trim roster to 62

Eagles cut 12 players, trim roster to 62

August 30, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Antonio Dixon (left) played 40 games with the Eagles from 2009-12. (USA Today Images)

Eagles' roster (9 more cuts needed)

Quarterbacks (3)
Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley

Running backs (4)
LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk, Matthew Tucker

Wide receivers (7)
DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson, Russell Shepard, Greg Salas, Jeff Maehl

Tight ends (5)
Brent Celek, James Casey, Zach Ertz, Clay Harbor, Emil Igwenagu

Offensive line (11)
Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, Lane Johnson, Allen Barbre, Danny Watkins, Julian Vandervelde, Dennis Kelly, Michael Bamiro, Matt Tobin

Defensive tackle (2)
Isaac Sopoaga, Bennie Logan

Defensive end (5)
Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Clifton Geathers, Vinny Curry, Damion Square

Linebackers (10)
Trent Cole, Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans, Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham, Emmanuel Acho, Casey Matthews, Jake Knott, Chris McCoy, Travis Long

Cornerbacks (6)
Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Jordan Poyer, Brandon Hughes, Curtis Marsh

Safeties (6)
Patrick Chung, Nate Allen, Earl Wolff, Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson, David Sims

Specialists (3)
Alex Henery, Donnie Jones, Jon Dorenbos

Quarterbacks Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne, intriguing rookie receiver Ifeanyi Momah and last year’s starting center, Dallas Reynolds, were among the first wave of Eagles cuts, the team announced Friday afternoon.

The Eagles released 12 players Friday and placed a 13th on injured reserve, reducing the roster from 75 to 62. The roster must be trimmed by nine more bodies to the regular-season limit of 53 by 6 p.m. Saturday.

Dixon and Kinne, both signed soon after Chip Kelly took over as head coach, never practiced with the first team and played sparingly in the preseason –- Dixon threw just 16 preseason passes, 13 of them in the opener against the Patriots, and Kinne threw only two, also against the Pats back on Aug. 9.

Momah, who quickly became a fan favorite because of his tremendous size and speed and intriguing back story –- he played just one football game the last two years –- was never able to adjust to the press coverage he saw on a regular basis both at practice and in the games and had just three catches for 42 yards in the preseason, all Thursday night against the Jets.

But because of his tools –- he stands 6-foot-7, has run a 4.40 40 and has good hands –- Momah is a candidate for the eight-man practice squad, which the Eagles will announce next week.

Reynolds, who was in his fourth preseason with the Eagles, had a very quiet preseason for a guy who was a full-time starter last year. Reynolds, who originally joined the Eagles back in 2009, started 14 games last year after Jason Kelce was lost for the season with a Week 2 knee injury. Reynolds was quickly supplanted for the No. 2 center spot this summer by Julian Vandervelde, and never made a legit push for a roster spot.

Another former starter released Friday was defensive lineman Antonio Dixon, who started 10 games as a 4-3 defensive tackle on the 2010 playoff team. Dixon has played 40 games as an Eagle but never panned out as a 3-4 nose tackle. The Eagles have veteran Isaac Sopoaga and rookie third-round pick Bennie Logan now at the nose.

Two other offensive linemen released Friday, Matt Tennant and Matt Kopa, were also holdovers to the Andy Reid administration. Kopa was on the active roster the last four weeks of last season but was inactive for all four games, and Tennant was on the team the last 10 weeks of the season and played in eight games. Tennant played 42 snaps on special teams and one on offense.

Cornerback Trevard Lindley, a fourth-round pick in 2010 who was in his fourth attempt to make the team, was also released along with an injury settlement. He suffered a sprained ankle Thursday night.

With Dixon and Reynolds gone, there are now only 10 players on the roster who were with the Eagles prior to 2010: Todd Herremans and Trent Cole (2005), Jason Avant and Jon Dorenbos (2006), Brent Celek (2007), DeSean Jackson (2008) and Jason Peters, Jeremy Maclin (IR), LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick (2009). Some 36 of the 62 now on the roster weren’t here until 2012.

The only rookie draft pick released Friday was defensive end David King, a seventh-round draft pick out of Oklahoma.

Another draft pick, seventh-round pick Joe Kruger, a defensive end from Utah, was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury the Eagles say he suffered during the preseason finale against the Jets Thursday night at the Meadowlands.

Also released were linebacker Everette Brown, a former second-round pick of the Panthers who had two sacks in the preseason loss to the Jets Thursday night; wide receiver Will Murphy; and recently acquired linebacker Adrian Robinson.

As of Friday afternoon, the Eagles had five defensive ends, two defensive tackles, 10 linebackers, six safeties, six cornerbacks, 11 offensive linemen, four running backs, five tight ends, seven wide receivers, three quarterbacks and three specialists on the roster.