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Eagles Trim Roster To 78 Players


The Eagles claimed QB Stephen Morris off waivers Sunday from the Jaguars to get to the 53-player limit. See the entire roster here ...

One day after the Eagles' 39-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers, the team announced that 12 players have been waived. Three more roster moves have to be made ahead of Tuesday's 4:00 PM deadline.

The first round of players to be waived includes:

First 12 Eagles To Be Waived
Marc AnthonyCB1Added by the Eagles for corner depth during Training Camp
Brandan BishopS1Replaced Earl Wolff after being waived/injured
Mike CocciaCRHome-grown talent couldn't find playing time
Kevin GrafT1Spent 2014 on Eagles practice squad/active roster
Alfy HillDERD-line depth too much to overcome
G.J. KinneWR1Position switch not enough to make roster
Mike JohnsonWRRLocal product couldn't overcome WR depth
Dasman McCullumLBRPass rusher saw limited action
Josh ReeseWRRRecently acquired but didn't see much action
Jeremy TownsDE1Acquired off waivers from Buffalo
Justin TukesTERAthletic TE didn't get much playing time
Jared WheelerOL1Unable to crack the OL rotation

Though there aren't many surprises in this first wave of roster cuts, two players who spent most of 2014 with the Eagles' practice squad - Kevin Graf and G.J. Kinne - were part of the group. Graf showed some promise in 2014 Training Camp and was on the active roster briefly before finishing the season on the practice squad. Kinne, a fan favorite, knew that a position switch from quarterback to wide receiver would give him a better chance of making the team, but the improved depth at receiver was ultimately too much to overcome.

Head coach Chip Kelly said earlier this week that this year of roster cuts will be the most difficult in his three years with the team due to the depth on this Eagles roster.

"I think we have more depth, so I believe we'll cut some players that will make other rosters," Kelly said. "I'm hoping.  That's our goal for all of our players and we tell them that on day one, I want them to play in the NFL.  Hopefully it's on our team, if it's not on our team, it's on another team.  But it is going to be difficult and we'll have to sit down long and hard after this Packer game and ‑‑ when it's difficult to get to 75, I think from a coaching standpoint that's a good thing, but there is still a human factor that gets involved with cutting somebody, and that part is not a lot of fun."

After getting down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon, the Eagles will once again need to trim the roster, this time to 53 players, by Saturday, September 5 at 4 PM.

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