time2rock Posted June 22, 2021 Share Posted June 22, 2021 4 Philadelphia Eagles that should be cut before taking a snap in 2021 by Geoffrey Knox13 hours ago It’s time for the Philadelphia Eagles to end a few roster experiments. Here’s some advice that all NFL fans can learn from, whether you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan or you’re a fan of any of the other 31 franchises. Believe it or not, your favorite team’s general manager is better at his job than any of us would be if we had to do it. Managing the salary cap and the process of building a roster isn’t as easy as EA’s Madden makes it look in the Franchise Mode or on the Ultimate Team setting. None of us are better play-callers than our team’s offensive coordinator because we can’t be stopped on the video game. Now, that we have that out of the way, something else needs to be stated. There are times when it’s hard to argue that G.M.s seem to be clueless sometimes. Who knows why Jalen Reagor was taken over Justin Jefferson or why Eagles vice president and general manager Howie Roseman can’t figure out when it’s time to move on from some of these guys when the rest of us can (think Mack Hollins). That’s okay, here’s some help that some of you can probably pass along if you have Howie’s phone number. Here are four players that the Philadelphia Eagles should cut before they even take a snap in 2021. JOE OSTMAN, DEFENSIVE END Isn’t it time to admit Joe Ostman won’t work out for the Philadelphia Eagles? If an award was given out for team MVPs during training camp, Joe Ostman would be named as someone that could be thrown into the running. Even if you’ve never seen him play for yourselves, you’ve, no doubt, been inundated with the hype machine that has flooded your cell phone notifications with information about how Ostman is at the NovaCare Complex, blistering the young understudies and showing the most established veterans on the offensive line that all he needs is a chance. It just never seems to work out for him though. In 2018, he was waived, brought back to the practice squad, and stayed there for the entire season. In 2019, he looked like he might have a shot at a roster spot, but he tore his ACL at an open practice. In 2020, he was released during final roster cuts but, again, brought back to the practice squad. This time, he was elevated to the active roster for Week 11, Week 16, and Week 17 but demoted to the practice squad after each game. He has 29 defensive snaps, 42 special teams snaps, and one tackle to show for his efforts. The Birds like Ostman, but it’s never translated into real playing time. The merciful thing to do now is to allow him an opportunity to see if he can make the squad on another team because with Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Ryan Kerrigan, Josh Sweat, and rookie Tarron Jackson on the roster, it looks more and more like Ostman will again fall victim to the numbers game. MATT PRYOR, GUARD/TACKLE Matt Pryor is never going to mature into a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles. Here’s a trivia question that you can use during your next family function. Can you name something that Matt Pryor and Jordan Mailata have in common? Here’s your answer, Both are offensive linemen that the Philadelphia Eagles selected on the final day of the 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s what’s bizarre about that. The seventh-rounder, Mailata, a man that never played American Football before 2018, is clearly much better than the guy that was taken 27 spots ahead of him. The hope was Matt Pryor could begin as a reserve but grow into someone capable of being a starter. The reality is this Matt Pryor, at this point of his career, hasn’t grown past being a reserve option that you only want on the field in an emergency, and even then, though he can look good at times, he’s not someone that you want out there for extended periods of time. The fact of the matter is this. You can argue about whether or not Sua Opeta and Nate Herbig are better, but while they still have room to grown, we’ve all probably seen all that we need to see from Matt Pryor. He’s probably not going to get any better than he is now. Sometimes, sixth-round draft choices are sixth-round draft choices for a reason, and Philly has better options now with Jack Driscoll, Brett Toth, and the aforementioned Opeta and Herbig. Again, they, unlike Pryor, haven’t reached their respective ceilings. ELIJAH HOLYFIELD, RUNNING BACK The Philadelphia Eagles like Elijah Holyfield, just not enough to let him play. After going undrafted in 2019, Elijah Holyfield found his way onto the Carolina Panthers roster, but was waived on September 1st of that year and re-signed to the practice squad shortly thereafter. That’s where the Philadelphia Eagles found him. Holyfield’s contract with Carolina expired, and on New Year’s Eve in 2019, the Birds added the young man to their nest as we were told Philly wanted to give him the jump start on the next season in 2020. He was waived in September on the 3rd, re-signed to the practice squad three days later, and even elevated in Week 11 to the active roster. Unfortunately, it’s now approaching year three for the son of a former world boxing champion, and Elijah Holyfield still has yet to register his first carry in an NFL game. He’s been on the Philadelphia Eagles roster for a while now, but if he has one thing working against him, it’s this. He was brought into Philly’s nest by the last coaching regime, not the new one. Nick Sirianni’s guys don’t have a ton of loyalty to him, and even when Doug Pederson and Duce Staley were pacing the sidelines, it never seemed like they could find a way to get Holyfield into the lineup or the team’s running back rotation. Now, with Miles Sanders, rookie Kenneth Gainwell, and so many good prospects on the training camp roster, the belief is Holyfield will probably fall victim to the numbers game as Philly only figures to carry four tailbacks on the 53-man roster. JJ ARCEGA-WHITESIDE, WIDE RECEIVER JJ Arcega-Whiteside won’t become what Philadelphia Eagles fans were told. By now, if you read Inside The Iggles with any regularity, it has to feel like we’ve been kicking JJ Arcega-Whiteside while he’s down. That hasn’t been the intention, but here’s something that can be stated with the utmost confidence. One, we’ve seen this movie before. Philly gives guys too many chances (Mack Hollins, Corey Clement), and the decision always comes back to bite them in some shape, form, or fashion. By now, you have to be able to see that JJ Arcega-Whiteside isn’t this Alshon Jeffery clone that we were promised. When he entered the NFL Draft, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein stated, in a draft profile that he cooked up on the Stanford Cardinal that JJ has "functional quickness in spurts, but not enough to get away from tight coverage” and that "he won’t run by many NFL cornerbacks on go routes”. He also listed the following as weaknesses: He plays with some hip tightness. He may need pre-snap movement to free him versus some NFL defenses. He also plays with hip tightness. It takes him additional time to settle in and open on comeback routes, and he’s unlikely deep-ball threat as a pro. All of those are still issues as we enter year three, and none of us can say that he’s getting any better as time has gone on. Here’s the verdict. Believe it or not, the Philadelphia Eagles might be able to dupe someone into giving them something for this guy, but they have to make a move now. Philly will never get more for JJAW than they’d get for him right now. If they’re stubborn and wait or if they don’t get anything for him, then, it’s time to move on. This team probably won’t carry more than six wideouts into the 2021 season on the 53-man roster, and it’s time to see what guys like John Hightower and Quez Watkins can do. We’ve seen the best of JJAw, and sadly he doesn’t give the Birds much. https://insidetheiggles.com/2021/06/21/philadelphia-eagles-cut-taking-snap-2021/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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