September 01, 2018
The Philadelphia Eagles' initial roster is set, as the team cut down from the 90-man roster to 53 on Saturday, and there were a few surprises. Let's take a look at who make the club, and why.
This was the easiest position to figure out, with of course the exception of who is starting Week 1.
Josh Adams didn't make it, despite perhaps having more upside than Smallwood or the other backs vying for the fourth RB spot.
Carter deserved to make the roster based on his preseason game performances, and he did, which doesn't always happen.
Perkins' appearance on the final 53 was difficult to predict without knowing the severity of his head injury. It would appear that he's not seriously injured. It would also seem that Perkins' presence on the roster is strong hint that Rodgers' knee injury is going to keep him out for a while.
Warmack didn't earn a roster spot based on performance, in my view, but the team could be looking to trade him in the coming week.
The biggest surprise, by far, was the release of Steven Means, who had three sacks and a forced fumble in the final preseason game against the Jets. He was able to make the team in each of the past two seasons, and there was a good argument to be made that 2018 was his best offseason.
This was another easy positional group to predict, especially after the release of Corey Nelson.
The team decided to cut De'Vante Bausby, who was an early camp darling, but whose play fell off late in camp and in the preseason games.
Sullivan's spot wasn't a guarantee, but he's unlikely to see the field with the regular defense barring multiple in-game injuries. The team must have liked what they saw of him on special teams.
Good for you, Cameron.
Also, Tim Jernigan (NFI) and Chris Maragos (PUP) will miss at least the first six weeks of the season, while Nigel Bradham will miss one week due to suspension.
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