Eagles Release First Official Roster of 2021 Season
The Eagles have released their first official roster of the 2021 regular season, cutting down to the league-mandated 53 men after their final preseason game.
Here’s a look at what players did not make the final cut:
Released the following players:
- S Andrew Adams
- T Le’Raven Clark
- RB Jordan Howard
- DT Hassan Ridgeway
- TE Richard Rodgers
- CB Kevon Seymour
Waived the following players:
- S Grayland Arnold
- G/T Kayode Awosika
- WR Travis Fulgham
- WR John Hightower
- RB Jason Huntley
- CB Michael Jacquet
- CB Craig James
- DE Matt Leo
- G Sua Opeta
- WR Andre Patton
- C/G Ross Pierschbacher
- S Elijah Riley
- LB JaCoby Stevens
- DT Raequan Williams
Placed the following players on Reserve/Injured:
- S Blake Countess
Placed the following players on Reserve/COVID-19:
- DT T.Y. McGill
• This roster may look different come Week 1, in past years the Eagles have kept players, only to release them and make changes before the opening kickoff, which this season is still 11 days away.
• Two positions to watch for additions are wide receiver and cornerback. The team released a pair of wide receivers who many thought would make the team, Travis Fulgham and John Hightower.
"I think the first thing is with Travis [Fulgham], here's a guy who obviously had a heck of a stretch for us last year," Eagles Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman stated. "And we looked at it that this was a new year and this was a new beginning, and we wanted to go based on what we saw and take the whole process into play.
"When you talk about [WR] J.J. [Arcega-Whiteside] and what he did during camp and his contributions on offense, his willingness and his desire to be an excellent special teams player, which you saw during the preseason, and the whole picture of that and how it fits into the group at receiver."
The team also has just five cornerbacks on the final roster, releasing Michael Jacquet, Craig James, and Kevon Seymour on cut-down day, Meaning only Darius Slay, Steven Nelson, Avonte Maddox Zech McPhearson and Josiah Scott made the final 53.
• The team has seven linebackers listed on the final roster, so it will be interesting to see how the team utilizes this group. The only player who didn't make the final roster was JaCoby Stevens, who was a 2021 sixth-round pick out of LSU.
• The Eagles typically don’t carry three quarterbacks, but that’s the case this year after the team acquired Gardner Minshew on Friday. The team finally announced that Jalen Hurts would be the starter.
"Really nobody else got any reps with the ones, and Jalen has known, ‘Hey, nobody else has gotten any reps with the ones but me,’ and Jalen is our starter," Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni declared. "He's done a great job."
• The team also announced the obvious, that Jordan Mailata has won the left tackle position over former first-round pick Andre Dillard.
"Jordan [Mailata] will be our starter," Sirianni stated. "Jordan had a great camp, a great camp. Andre had a great camp. Andre missed some time, and during that time the chemistry with the one offensive line was able to build. It's a good problem for us to have. We have two left tackles that can really play and can start in my opinion all across the NFL."
"Jordan did a good job of winning that position, but then again, I don't want to short Andre here at all. He played -- when he was in, he played really well, and he played a phenomenal last preseason game, and I thought that was the case also in the Jets practices, as well."
• Rodney McLeod and Landon Dickerson both avoid PUP list.
"I think the first thing it says is that obviously when you keep them on PUP, they're going to miss the first six games," Roseman stated. "We feel very confident that that's not going to be their situation."
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