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August 28, 2016

Eagles release eight, including WRs Rueben Randle and Chris Givens

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Chris Givens, we hardly knew ye.

The Eagles got their roster below the required 75 players on Sunday when they released the following eight players (in alphabetical order) -- LS John DePalma, CB Randall Evans, OL Andrew Gardner, WR Chris Givens, DT Mike Martin, LB Nick Perry, WR Rueben Randle, and CB Denzel Rice.

The Eagles also placed rookie seventh round picks Joe Walker and Alex McCalister on injured reserve. Their seasons are officially over. Walker tore his ACL, while McCalister is more of a "redshirt" move.

This offseason, the Eagles signed three wide receivers who were drafted reasonably high in the 2012 NFL Draft, hoping that they could get one of them to live up to their potential. They were Randle (Giants 2nd round pick), T.J. Graham (Bills 3rd round pick), and Givens (Rams 4th round pick). Graham was released on August 21st, while Givens and Randle were released today.

In the first preseason game, Randle had one of the most embarrassing performances I've ever seen from a professional athlete, as he looked completely disinterested. Randle had decent production in his four years as a New York Giant:

 Rueben RandleRec Yards YPC TD 
 201219 298 15.7 
 201341 611 14.9 
 201471 938 13.2 
 201557 797 14.0 
 TOTAL188 2644 14.1 20 

However, he did not prove that he deserved a roster spot in any way throughout training camp or the preseason games.

Givens had a productive season as a rookie, but his career has been on a downward trajectory since. His numbers:

 Chris GivensRec Yards YPC TD 
 2012 - Rams42 698 16.6 
 2013 - Rams34 569 16.7 
 2014 - Rams11 159 14.5 
 2015 - Rams/Ravens20 353 17.7 
 TOTAL107 1779 16.6 

The Eagles didn't (and still don't) have much in the way of receivers who can stretch the field vertically. Givens ran a 4.41 40 at the 2012 Combine and he has a 16.6-yards-per-catch average for his career. He also has three years of experience playing alongside Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford. Still, it wasn't enough, as Givens has been nearly invisible over the last three weeks.

If there's a surprise cut here, it's Martin, who seemed like a good bet to make the team as a rotational DT.

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