The Philadelphia Eagles are officially down to 53 players as they get ready to start the regular season. The team had been aggressively making cuts and released 11 guys Saturday ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline while placing cornerback Jalen Mills on the PUP list. The Eagles kick things off Sept. 8 at home against the Washington Redskins.
The Eagles, as predicted, will only keep four running backs on the roster after cutting Wendall Smallwood, Josh Adams, Donnel Pumphrey and Boston Scott. Other notable guys released included: Treyvon Hester, Greg Ward, Alex Singleton, Alex Ellis, Josh Hawkins, Josh Perkins, Brett Toth, Clayton Thorson, Orlando Scandrick and Stefen Wisniewski.
There weren’t too many surprises among the wounded, although the fact they held onto disappointing receiver Mack Hollins was a mild shock. Ward had outplayed him significantly in the preseason. The Eagles will start the season with five wideouts: Hollins, DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery.
Linebacker T.J. Edwards deservedly made the final cuts, but Singleton was arguably the bigger standout in the preseason. They will try and put him on the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Offensive guard Nate Herbig made the squad over both Wisniewski and Toth. The prevailing wisdom is they will bring Wisniewski back in Week 2. Toth’s journey may end here after the Army grad’s emotional roller coaster to get to the NFL.
Eagles Release ‘Double Doink’ Hero
Treyvon Hester was the hero of the miraculous “Double Doink” playoff win over the Chicago Bears. Hester had a decent training camp and preseason for the Eagles, especially in Thursday’s finale against the Jets. This came down to a numbers game at the position. Instead, they went with Hassan Ridgeway on the final 53.
Hester will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Eagles fans for what he did against the Bears. Replays confirmed that it was his outstretched gloved finger that tipped the football and caused Cody Parkey’s field-goal attempt to awkwardly flail in the air and hit the uprights twice. Both times bouncing around and never through. The Eagles beat the Bears 16-15 to advance to the next round.
Eagles Cut Wendall Smallwood, Josh Adams
On Saturday, the team parted ways with running backs Wendall Smallwood, Josh Adams and Boston Scott. Adams, a Bucks County native, was their leading rusher in 2018 after he rushed for 511 yards and three touchdowns. He should immediately find a home somewhere else in the league. Meanwhile, Scott was a longshot to make the roster after the Eagles signed Darren Sproles. His only chance at sticking was a dual-threat tailback and return man. Not anymore.
Smallwood has been a consistent runner — albeit not flashy or shifty — for the Eagles for four seasons going back to the Super Bowl run. He pretty much sealed his fate in Thursday’s preseason finale when he fumbled the ball away against the Jets. In 37 games, including 12 starts, Smallwood accumulated 850 yards and five touchdowns on 211 rushes. He also caught 47 balls for 388 receiving yards.
While Smallwood didn’t see any snaps in the Super Bowl victory, he certainly has the memories. The Delaware native brought his whole family to the game and truly lived out his NFL dream.
“It’s just a dream come true,” Smallwood told the News Journal in 2018. “I’m just proud that I can bring my family that joy and let them see that.”
Eagles Final 53-Man Roster
The Eagles have officially trimmed their roster down to 53 players. Here are the guys that made the team, by their position groups. One interesting note on this. Avonte Maddox is listed as the starting cornerback on the team’s official depth chart. Miles Sanders is listed as the kick returner, too.
Quarterbacks (3): Carson Wentz, Josh McCown, Nate Sudfeld
Running backs (4): Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles, Corey Clement
Wide receivers (5): DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins
Tight ends (2): Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert
*The Eagles placed Richard Rodgers on injured reserve
Offensive line (10): Jason Peters, Andre Dillard, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Brandon Brooks, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Matt Pryor, Nate Herbig, Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata
Defensive ends (6): Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, Daeshon Hall, Josh Sweat, Shareef Miller
Defensive tackles (4): Malik Jackson, Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan, Hassan Ridgeway
Linebackers (6): Nigel Bradham, Nate Gerry, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Zach Brown, T.J. Edwards, L.J. Fort
Cornerbacks (5): Ronald Darby, Avonte Maddox, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Cre’Von LeBlanc
*The Eagles placed Jalen Mills on the physically-unable-to-perform list
Safeties (5): Rodney McLeod, Malcolm Jenkins, Andrew Sendejo, Johnathan Cyprien, Rudy Ford
Special teams (3): Cameron Johnston, Jake Elliott, Rick Lovato
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