Eagles Cuts Tracker: McGloin, Grymes Are Out
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles will open the season with two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.
Both quarterbacks who played in the preseason finale -- Matt McGloin and Dane Evans -- have been cut.
The veteran McGloin spent most of training camp and the preseason as the backup to Carson Wentz as Nick Foles dealt with persistent elbow soreness, throwing the football 109 times in the four preseason games.
McGloin, however, did not show enough for the Eagles to commit to a third quarterback.
Foles, meanwhile, was able to go through a pre-game warmup in North Jersey on Thursday night and insists he will be ready for the season opener on Sept. 10 in Washington.
“It feels great,” Foles said when discussing the elbow after the loss to the Jets. “I’m great. I’ll be ready to go. I’ll continue to strengthen and everything but I’m good. I’m full go right now. I know everyone is worried. But it’s the preseason. Everyone has anxiety. But we’re good, we’re fine.”
Joining McGloin on the unemployment line are 14 others including slot cornerback Aaron Grymes, as well as Evans, an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa product and the team's fourth quarterback on the depth chart.
Grymes spent some time over the summer with the first team as the nickel cornerback but the acquisitions of Ronald Darby and Dexter McDougle pushed the ex-CFL star down the depth chart.
The road to 53 began earlier Friday with the Eagles agreeing to an injury settlement with wide receiver Paul Turner.
Turner developed into a fan favorite last summer as a sure-handed receiving option on a team plagued with the dropsies. Eventually, he worked his way on the roster and caught nine passes for 126 yards in four regular season games.
A push for a 2017 roster spot was derailed, however, by a broken scapula suffered early in camp.
Also released Friday were linebacker and Villanova product Don Cherry, receiver Rashard Davis, tight ends Anthony Denham and Adam Zaruba, center Tyler Orlosky, offensive tackle Victor Salako, linebackers Carlos Fields and Christian Tago, defensive end and former Philadelphia Soul player Jake Metz and defensive tackles Gabe Wright and Winston Craig.
Of that list Cherry, Orlosky, Salako and Denham are the most logical candidates for the practice squad.
The Eagles also placed second-round pick Sidney Jones on the NFI list as he continues to rehab the torn Achilles he suffered during his pro day. That means Jones will miss the first six games of the season at minimum.
The Eagles still have 17 moves to make by 4 PM Saturday to get down to the league-mandated limit of 53.
Among the battles to watch are at running back (Corey Clement vs. Donnel Pumphrey), the back-end receivers (Marcus Johnson, Bryce Treggs, Shelton Gibson and Greg Ward), linebacker (Najee Goode, Nate Gerry and Kamu Grugier-Hill) as well as punter (veteran Donnie Jones trying to fend off rookie Cameron Johnston).
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen