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Eagles roster tracker: Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas will reportedly be released, along with a 4th-round pick in 2019

Martin Frank
Delaware News Journal

The Eagles and the NFL have begun the process of cutting their rosters down to 53 players by the 4 p.m. Saturday deadline.

Their big cuts came early Saturday afternoon with two cornerbacks drafted in the second and third rounds in 2017, who were expected to be the cornerstone for several years, in Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas, respectively.

Here's a look at what has transpired so far:

Eagles corner Sidney Jones celebrates a stop.

Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas to be released

The NFL Network is reporting that the Eagles will release both Jones and Douglas.

It's not completely surprising after neither played in the Eagles' playoff game last season.

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Jones just couldn't stay healthy. He has played in just 22 of a possible 48 games, beginning his rookie season when he tore his Achilles six weeks before the draft, when he was expected to be a first-round pick.

Jones returned for the regular-season finale, but then hurt his hamstring and didn't play again through the Super Bowl run. Hamstring injuries continued to plague Jones throughout the 2018 and 2019 seasons, however.

And then Jones missed more than a week of practice with what the team called a "lower body injury." 

That pretty much ended Jones' chances of starting at cornerback opposite Darius Slay. Avonte Maddox is expected to be the starter. 

The Eagles reportedly tried to trade Jones and Douglas, but as the 4 p.m. deadline draws near, there don't appear to be any takers.

Douglas wasn't injured as much as he just didn't have the speed to cover top wide receivers.

Also, the Eagles are reportedly releasing DE Shareef Miller, their fourth-round pick in 2019. Miller never got into a game last season. The Eagles drafted Casey Toohill in the seventh round this year, in addition to bringing back Vinny Curry.

Saturday cuts begin

The Eagles came into Saturday needing to make nine roster moves to get down to 53. They reportedly made two more, both at defensive tackle, as Yahoo reported that Anthony Rush was waived, and then ESPN reported Raequan Williams was waived as well.

That leaves the Eagles with four defensive tackles in Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, Javon Hargrave and Hassan Ridgeway. 

Hargrave, the Eagles' big free agent signing, has yet to practice because of a pectoral injury. If he's going to play in the opener next Sunday, he'll have to start practicing when the Eagles return Monday.

Sidney Jones' spot in jeopardy

It didn't bode well for Jones when it was reported Friday morning that cornerback Craig James received a one-year extension worth as much as $1.5 million.

James came to the Eagles last October after the Vikings waived him. He is considered strong on special teams, and has played well enough in the preseason to warrant a spot.

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As it turned out, neither Jones nor Douglas will be on the roster.

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Both were healthy scratches in the Eagles' playoff game last January. Jones, plagued by injuries throughout his career, missed about 10 days of training camp with a lower body injury.

Veteran tackle trying out for Eagles

The Eagles are holding a tryout for veteran left tackle Cordy Glenn, potentially another sign that the Eagles plan on keeping Jason Peters at right guard.

Glenn, who turns 31 on Sept. 18, was a second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2012. He played for the Bills through the 2017 season, starting all but one game for them. Glenn spent the last two seasons with the Bengals, again starting all but one game.

But injuries have been an issue for Glenn. He played in just six games in 2017 and six in 2019. He hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2015.

If the Eagles sign him, Jordan Mailata could be in danger of losing a roster spot.

5 more waived Friday

The Eagles are down to 62 players after waiving or releasing five more Friday, leaving the final nine for Saturday.

Those waived were DB Michael Jacquet, DE Matt Leo and TE Caleb Wilson. DT T.Y. McGill and DB Trevor Williams were released.

The Eagles are expected to put WR Alshon Jeffery and RG Brandon Brooks on the physically unable to perform list, meaning they have to sit out at least six weeks of the season.

That would get the Eagles down to 60, leaving seven more cuts to come. Those will likely come from the offensive and defensive line, linebacker and secondary.

It likely won't come from quarterback, running back or tight end, where the Eagles have three players apiece. At tight end, that includes undrafted free agent Noah Togiai, who has been impressive in training camp.

The Eagles are also likely done at wide receiver, where they have six on the roster.

Washington waives Adrian Peterson

Typically, another team's roster move wouldn't send a ripple through the Eagles. Yet Washington waived Adrian Peterson, who at 35 years old is still considered a productive back.

The Eagles are left with only three running backs on the roster in Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Corey Clement after waiving three on Thursday in Elijah Holyfield, Adrian Killins and Michael Warren.

The Eagles have had four or five running backs on the roster in the past two seasons. So it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility for them to sign a veteran like Peterson.

Last season, Peterson rushed for 898 yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry. He has 14,216 yards rushing in his career, which ranks fifth all time.

Roster cuts begin Thurs.

The Eagles waived 12 players Thursday, beginning the process of trimming their roster from 80 to 53. They also placed left tackle Andre Dillard on injured reserve.

There were few surprises in the first round of cuts. There were four wide receivers in Deontay Burnett, Marcus Green, Manasseh Bailey and Travis Fulgham. There were three running backs in Killins, Warren and Holyfield. 

The others waived were G Julian Good-Jones, C Luke Juriga, DB Elijah Riley, S Grayland Arnold and TE Tyrone Swoopes.

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.