“It’s a different kind of week,” Eagles veteran tight end Zach Ertz says about this Saturday’s cutdown day. “We go from 90 players to 53. Just one cut this year, so that means 37 players are going to lose jobs. You can feel there is more tension in the locker room. It’s a big week for a lot of guys.”
By Peter Gleason
Zach Ertz knows whereof he speaks.
He has been an Eagle since 2013, which makes him a greybeard on this Super Bowl defending team.
Cuts are part of the professional athlete’s nightmare.
And that fell to Corey Nelson (above), who was signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Even when Paul Worrilow suffered his season-ending knee injury early in the spring, Nelson never separated. He was beaten out for playing time by Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nathan Gerry, both of whom are expected contribute at linebacker and on special teams.
Nelson was a low-risk signing, anyway, and he just never did anything to make the Eagles stand up and take notice.
And Carson Wentz isn’t the only rehabbing Bird.
Defensive end Brandon Graham is all smiles (naturally) and on the practice field. He needs to get into game shape for the Falcons, which should not be a problem.
Left tackle Jason Peters and running back Darren Sproles are expected to be full-go for Atlanta.
Same with running backs Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement, along with wide receiver Nelson Agholor, all of whom have missed preseason game time.
The trickier situations involve wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, and safety Chris Maragos. There has been nary an update or a peep out of any of those three. Their recovery timetables aren’t known, but the Eagles don’t seem all that concerned. Maybe that’s just me reading into it with Midnight Green-tinted glasses, but I’ll take any positives now with those three so close to the regular season.
Rosters go from 90 players to 53 players after Thursday’s preseason games, so you aren’t going to see many – if any – starters on any team in preseason finales.
The Eagles have some intriguing roster battles still happening and there is always the possibility that big boss Howie Roseman, who has been quiet this summer, is working the phones for later in the week.
This current roster has some depth at key positions – offensive line, defensive line, cornerback, among others – and the rest of the league may have noticed. Roseman turned offensive linemen Matt Tobin and Allen Barbre into draft picks a couple of summers ago, so anything is possible on that front.