Eagles Notes: Eagles cut 12, including 2 QBs

Quarterback Michael Vick drops a hike from center Dallas Reynolds during practice. (David M Warren/Staff Photographer)
Quarterback Michael Vick drops a hike from center Dallas Reynolds during practice. (David M Warren/Staff Photographer)
Posted: September 01, 2013

The Eagles cut 12 players and put one on season-ending injured reserve on Friday, reducing their roster from 75 to 62 one day before the roster must be at the league-mandated 53 players. The deadline is Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Eagles released linebackers Everette Brown and Adrian Robinson; defensive linemen Antonio Dixon and David King; quarterbacks G.J Kinne and Dennis Dixon; offensive linemen Matt Kopa, Dallas Reynolds, and Matt Tennant; wide receivers Ifeanyi Momah and Will Murphy; and cornerback Trevard Lindley, who reached an injury settlement.

The team also placed rookie defensive lineman Joe Kruger on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

There were no major surprises among the cuts. Antonio Dixon had been with the Eagles for parts of the last four seasons, but he fell down the depth chart at nose tackle in the new defense.

The two quarterbacks had no chance of making the roster once Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley finished the preseason healthy. The dismissals along the offensive line reflected the depth chart throughout the summer, although it likely fortifies Julian Vandervelde as the backup center.

Brown showed flashes as an outside linebacker, but he appears to have been beaten out for a roster spot by Chris McCoy. Robinson, a Temple product, was acquired last week and had little time to prove his worth to the coaching staff.

Some observers had been excited about Momah because he is 6-foot-7, but he was out of football last season and remains too raw for the Eagles roster. He would be an ideal candidate for the practice squad.

Another practice squad candidate is King, a seventh-round pick who was buried on the depth chart. King was one of two defensive linemen chosen in the seventh round of the draft this season. The other was Kruger, who had no evident signs of a shoulder injury but now gets to spend the season with the team.

This is mutually beneficial for Kruger and the team. Kruger, 21, left Utah after three years, and the Eagles thought he would be a higher pick next season. The injured reserve designation gives Kruger a chance to train with the team and be evaluated again next year while growing into his body.

It was likely easier for the coaching staff to get from 75 players to 62 than it will be to go from 62 to 53. Former starters Danny Watkins and Kurt Coleman are among the players on the roster bubble.

If a player makes the cut on Saturday, it does not necessarily mean he will be with the team next week. The Eagles have the No. 4 waiver claim and could be active on the waiver wire after final cuts go through.


Contact Zach Berman at zberman@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @ZBerm.

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