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Kelly, Eagles cut roster to 53 players

With the cuts officially done and the roster at 53, we’re taking a look at some of the moves and what that leaves Philadelphia with for the 2013 season. Keep in mind general manager Howie Roseman has said the Eagles will put in some claims on the waiver wires so some of these names may change.

First, the biggest cut for the Eagles was finally parting ways with firefighter and barely experienced guard Danny Watkins. When Philadelphia selected the 24-year-old Canadian with the 23rd pick in the 2011 draft, a lot of fans were left scratching their heads. Sure, he was a big body, but he was older and fairly untested coming from Baylor. As the years went on, it was clear that the pick by Roseman and former coach Andy Reid was a poor decision. Watkins could have been cut last year, thankfully Chip Kelly came in and cleaned up the mess.

After seeing what undrafted free agent Jake Knott brought to the table, it is surprising to see that Casey Matthews is still a Philadelphia Eagle. The inside linebacker from Iowa State was one of three undrafted rookies to make the squad this year and proved he earned a spot with his hard work and hustle. Matthews hasn’t shown that he has either of those traits since he’s been here, but Kelly still decided to go three deep with his inside linebacker backups with him, Knott and Emmanuel Acho.

Colt Anderson, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman are still safeties for the Philadelphia Eagles, which is slightly disappointing. Allen didn’t deserve to get cut but he doesn’t deserve as much playing time as he will likely see. Anderson and Coleman, on the other hand, have done little to impress but still found their way onto the roster. This is mostly because the Kenny Phillips signing didn’t pan out due to his leg issues. Still, it is doubtful that Anderson or Coleman will be used much as the season progresses. The Eagles seem to really like Earl Wolff, their fifth-round pick out of N.C. State, and Patrick Chung should rarely leave the field.

Five wide receivers make the roster: Riley Cooper, DeSean Jackson, Damaris Johnson, Jason Avant and Jeff Maehl. Maehl was acquired in a trade with Houston over the summer and is a former player of Kelly’s from Oregon, but he isn’t likely to make a huge impact. Cooper and Avant have been dependable guys over the years but there is no way either of them should be starting opposite Jackson. Johnson is quick but tiny, meaning it might be impossible to find him in matchups with taller defensive backs.

The 2013 Eagles roster definitely has a different look and feel to it than it did over the last few years under Reid. The change is refreshing, but refreshing doesn’t always translate into results. Philly doesn’t have a chance to ease into the season with a matchup like the Redskins and Robert Griffin III coming up on Monday Night football next week. 


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