"I waited until the last ring to actually answer it," Polk said Monday. "I answered it and (it was special teams quality control coach Duce Staley). He was like, 'Hey Chris, what's up.' I was like, 'Hey Coach, what's going on? Why do you sound like that, man? You're about to cut me?' Then he said, 'No man, I just called to say good job and congratulations.'"
For Polk, it was a gut-wrenching way to receive the news that he'd made the 53-man roster.
"That was definitely one of the worst phone calls I ever got," Polk said.
In all, 24 Eagles were released between Friday and Saturday. But for a fortunate few, Polk included, life on the bubble paid off.
"As soon as that 9 o' clock deadline hit - you know there's always a chance that something could happen. But that night, it was an exciting moment to be able to know that you finally made it and to enjoy it with your family," said Reynolds, who has one daughter with his wife Suzanne. "It's awesome. It's been a lot of hard work. I'm glad that it's finally paid off. I'm just looking to get better and continue to progress."
There was constant communication with the team on Friday for one Eagle, defensive end
"I'm happy to be an Eagle," Tapp said. "However it had to happen, that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to be here and I'm happy to be here.
"It's exciting, man. There are so many things that can be done in this defense. You have that great rotation on that defensive line, so I expect big things. It's very good to come out of Training Camp healthy."
Perhaps the biggest surprise about the team's final roster construction is that Polk is one of four running backs on the team. Under Andy Reid, the Eagles generally have kept three running backs. But talent wins out, and
"I wasn't surprised," said McCoy. "Guys like that that work hard, that want to make a name for themselves in this league, that are willing to do whatever it takes to make the team. I wasn't surprised those guys made the team. I figured we'd keep them all. We have so much depth. We're young."
Now, with the stress of cut day behind them, the Eagles turn their attention to the regular season ahead. The real work is just getting started.
"I was proud of myself," said Polk. "But this is like the draft, this is not the end, it's just the beginning."
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