Saturday, August 30, 2008

Your 2008 Philadelphia Eagles Roster

The Eagles made their final cuts today, releasing 12 players and placing 2 more on Injured Reserve. Offensive linemen King Dunlap and Mike Gibson were both placed on IR and the following 12 players were cut:

FB Jed Collins
FB Jason Davis
WR Michael Gasperson
WR Shaheer McBride
TE Kris Wilson
G Scott Young
DE Jerome McDougle
DT Mike Marquardt
DT Montae Reagor
LB Justin Roland
LB Andy Studebaker
CB Kyle Arrington

McDougle is the biggest surprise here after a great preseason, but the Eagles didn't really need a 7th defensive end. McDougle will make someone else's team, let's hope it's not the Giants. The cutting of Davis and Collins means that Tony Hunt is your starting fullback. Let's hope he learns the job quick.

A few of the guys cut should make the practice squad, like Andy Studebaker, Shaheer McBride and Michael Gasperson. I would also expect the Eagles to keep a cornerback or two considering they are keeping only four on the actual roster.

Over the last few weeks, I have been making my own projections of the Eagles rosters. Here is the Eagles actual roster, with changes from my final version in bold:

QB(3): Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, A.J. Feeley

RB(3): Brian Westbrook, Correll Buckhalter, Lorenzo Booker

FB(1): Tony Hunt

WR(6): Kevin Curtis, Reggie Brown, DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, Greg Lewis

TE(3): L.J. Smith, Brent Celek, Matt Schobel

LT(1): Tra Thomas

LG(2): Todd Herremans, Mike McGlynn

C(2): Jamaal Jackson, Nick Cole

RG(2): Shawn Andrews, Max Jean-Gilles

RT(2): Jon Runyan, Winston Justice

DE(6): Juqua Parker, Trent Cole, Darren Howard, Chris Clemons, Victor Abiamiri, Bryan Smith

DT(4): Mike Patterson, Broderick Bunkley, Trevor Laws, Dan Klecko

LB(6): Chris Gocong, Stewart Bradley, Omar Gaither, Akeem Jordan, Joe Mays, Rocky Boiman

CB(4): Asante Samuel, Sheldon Brown, Lito Sheppard, Joselio Hanson

FS(2): Brian Dawkins, J.R. Reed, Quintin Demps

SS(3): Quintin Mikell, Sean Considine

Special Teams:
K(1): David Akers

P(1): Sav Rocca

LS(1): Jon Dorenbos

As you can see, I was only off at a couple of positions. The Eagles decided to go with the rookie Bryan Smith at defensive end instead of Jerome McDougle. I was also surprised to see Rocky Boiman make the team considering how ineffective he was on special teams, but I guess the Eagles feel like they need a veteran presence with their linebackers.

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