Leading into tomorrow’s 4 p.m. 53-man deadline, those once thought of as locks will suddenly be jettisoned off, giving them a chance to latch on to another squad before the season officially begins. The Eagles will be making tough choices, and we’ll be keeping track of them here as they do.
S Jaquiski Tartt (Via Adam Caplan)
The signing of Tartt, 30, was at one point a very sold depth signing, especially for a position that’s one of the most concerning heading into 2022. However, his inability to stand out during preseason led to his casualty.
Tartt’s release also doesn’t change the fact this unit still doesn’t have sufficient depth. Howie Roseman should be actively scouring the trade market and recently cut players. This does help Reed Blankenship’s chances.
QB Carson Strong (Via Jonathon Jones)
Prior to training camp and preseason, multiple outlets had Strong on their “best UDFA signings” or “biggest UDFA locks” lists, in part thanks to his substantial $320,000 total guaranteed money and powerful arm.
Despite the potential, he got off to a rough start in camp. The struggles continued and ultimately led to Strong being given a total lack of playing time and opportunities in the preseason by the coaching staff. Against Miami, he went just 1-3 in passing attempts with six yards and a 42.4 rating, the most action he saw through three games.
Strong could be added to the practice squad and given time to continue working and improving on his game, opening him up for another shot at the backup role down the line in 2023. However, he likely moves on to a new team with a greater need for QB depth.
RB/KR Jason Huntley (Via Mike Kaye)
Huntley is a solid running back and returner who did all he could to show he belongs with the team come Week 1. He put up 93 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushes against the Dolphins.
Still, with a room that already includes Miles Sanders, Kenny Gainwell, and Boston Scott, Huntley ultimately didn’t convince the team he’s worth an RB4 spot.
The 24-year-old could still be added to the practice squad, and given the Eagles’ tendencies to bring in players they know well (see Jordan Howard last year), Huntley might very well be back soon if an injury arises.
DT Renell Wren (via Adam Caplan)
According to Adam Caplan, the Eagles are waiving Renell Wren, a former fourth-round pick by the Bengals in 2019. As with the rest of the fringe DL players, Wren would’ve had a hard time making it due to the depth the unit possesses. The team could look to bring him back via the practice squad.
C Cameron Tom (Via Aaron Wilson)
Tom joined with the league with the Saints back in 2017, appearing in 11 games that year (one start). That playing time would diminish substantially from then on out, with Tom appearing in just 2 games since 2018.
With the Eagles’ immense starting and depth talent on the O-line — especially at center — Tom, 27, had little chance, especially with Jason Kelce back to health and ready to start on opening day.
CB Josh Blackwell (Via Aaron Wilson)
Blackwell, another UDFA, managed to stick around until the very end of cuts after re-signing with the team on Aug. 25. Against the Dolphins, he put up three tackles, though given the amount of CB depth, Blackwell would’ve had a hard time cracking the 53-man.