Something went down between rookie cornerback Cliff Harris and the organization. We may never know the whole story. But for what is probably a variety of reasons, the talented football player with the bad boy rep was waived.
I'm going to miss his big plays (like the ones he made for Oregon)...so may the Eagles some day...but Cliff Harris has left the building.
The rest of the first batch of cuts were neither controversial nor conspiracy-theoried:
[Courtesy of Dave Zangaro of CSNPhilly.com on Twitter]---The Eagles have waived 10 players to reduce their roster to 80. All NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 75 players by 4 p.m. on Monday and must have the roster down to 53 by 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31.
Here are the 10 players the team cut on Saturday:
S Tom Nelson (injured)
Nelson had a good camp and even took some second-team safety reps in front of Jaiquawn Jarrett a few weeks ago. But Nelson injured his ankle against the Patriots and was inactive on Friday. Nelson was acquired as a free agent in 2011. He played in four games for the Eagles in 2011, after playing in 20 games over the previous two seasons with the Bengals.
CB Kevin Thomas
Thomas was the corner who came over in the training camp trade with the Colts. He was the return for Moise Fokou and Greg Lloyd.
WR Tiger Jones
Jones was the wideout who left the Philadelphia Soul to follow his dream of playing in the NFL. The 30-year-old joined the roster for the start of training camp and missed the Soul's playoff run, which ended in the championship game.
WR Elvis Akpla
Akpla was signed as a rookie free agent out of Montana State. He had 2,107 receiving yards in college, a school record.
S Wade Bonner
Bonner was a rookie free agent from Mississippi State. He entered college as a running back but switched to safety during his sophomore year.
DE Xavier Brown
Brown previously played for the Chicago Rush and New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League.
WR Brian Hernandez (injured)
The Eagles signed Hernandez on Aug. 11. He was last with the Redskins.
WR McKay Jacobson
Not a lot of room at wide receiver. Jacobson was a rookie free agent from BYU.
G Alfred McCullough
McCullough was a rookie free agent from Alabama, where he played both guard and tackle.
OT Thomas Welch
Welch was acquired off of waivers from St. Louis. He played in eight games last season -- split with the Patriots and Rams.
No doubt the release of Harris will be a hot topic among fans and talking heads in Philly today. I won't speculate on the circumstances of his waiver since I don't have genuine inside info on the event yet. All I will say for now is Harris certainly passed the eyeball test on the practice field.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
The "Dutch Rubb Think Tank" Question of the Day: Does Pro Football Need To Be Made Safer by Legislation?
Thanks to our fave Mennonite correspondent for providing us a provocative football issue that's brewing beneath the surface of this 2012 season. Some congressmen and senators are piling onto the recent waves of concussion research and disability/fatality liability lawsuits being filed by former players and their families...and declaring Pro Football needs to be legislated into a safer sport.
As the famous columnist George Will has pointed out, however, this is nothing new.
"After 18 people died playing football in 1905, even President Theodore Roosevelt, who loved war and gore generally, flinched and forced some rules changes. Today, however, the problem is not the rules; it is the fiction that football can be fixed and still resemble the game fans relish."
Interesting debate over this hot potato is provided by Dutch Rubb in the following links he supplied us:
QB - Vick, Foles, Edwards
RB - Shady, Dion, Brown, Havili
WR - Djax, Jmac, Avant, McNutt, Cooper, Damaris Johnson
TE - Celek, Harbor
OL - Dunlap, Mathis, Kelce, Watkins, Herremans, Bell, Kelly, Vandervelde, Washington, Vallos
S - Coleman, Allen, Atogwe, Jarrett
CB - Nnamdi, DRC, Boykin, Hanson, Marsh, Hughes
LB - Ryans, Kendricks, Chaney, Clayton, Jordan, Matthews
DE - Cole, Babin, Tapp, Graham, Curry, Hunt
DT - Jenkins, Cox, Thornton, Landri
ST - Dorenbos, McBriar, Henery
I cut: Kafka, Polk, Igwenagu, Mardy Gilyard, Chad Hall, Philip Thomas, Rau, DJ Jones, Lindley, AR's boy Dallas Reynolds and, Rolle... all players I'd like to see the Iggles keep... and I still need one more cut... personally I'd scrap one of the o-linemen cuz we are carrying a little less talent there I think... er sumpt'n along those lines... maybe we can keep a couple of these dudes on the P.S.
Spiffo: don't worry about the draff.
Just remember the old FF Motto: WR's with first 7 picks.......before you EVEN begin to look at other positch's. It is a passing league, you know.
Besides...if you aren't satisfied with who you have, we can do some swapping. THEY don't call me SquareDealin'Broz for nothing !
@Spiffo That's proper form. I've seen nothing but good thing come from that fine, fine philosophy. They call it homer-itis-gonnalose.
@Jerky dang! that was the name of my ff team!!!
@Jerky You'lll be saying it every week weather that's my name or not...
@atvcar Is that your name?
@Spiffo I really like Spiffo's Losin, it's just rolls off the tongue.
@Jerky How about these:
The PUP list
Where's the ball?
@Spiffo The first rule of ff is: Always give your team a kick ass name, that one,..not so much.
So... seems like lots of peeps thinks Tebow is not a good QB... but... is he worse than Dirty Sanchez?
@l30p1221n1 No. They both smell like Limburger
@Spiffo Dirty Sanchez kinda suks bad
I was checking out the BriSuksEggs league settings, and noticed the following:
On Defense.....the Defense gets points if it allows 18-21 pts, it gets points if it allows 14-17 pts..........
But there is no award for a defense that allows even less than 14 points. Looks like it's missing something.
@Jerky yours? 0. mine? 50...
@Jerky thought so...
@Spiffo Hells yes, those are like 1(a) and 1(b) type picks.
@Jerky Can I still pick Brett Favre and TO?
@Spiffo Actually, to be fair,......bri gives the best ff advice.
@Jerky Let's see... I'm gonna pick Tebow with my first pick, and Seattle's D.... I think I've got a shot...
@Spiffo Or Leo's.
@Spiffo Just listen to fields advice, you'll be champion.
@Jerky hahaha!!! gay ff sux.... I am soooooo gonna lose....
@Spiffo Bring it!!
DDD thinks Vick needs to take snaps on Thursday night instead of Foles because he doesn't want to risk losing Foles to injury... That's crazy talk is what that is.
@Jerky i think vick needs to take snaps simply for the sake of completing more then 1 pass for 6 yards.
@Spiffo @l30p1221n1 @Jerky exactely! Hes on a mission from god. Paired with the mormon, we be unstoppable yo!!
@Jerky you shut you mouff!!!
@fieldsr69 @l30p1221n1 @Spiffo @Jerky he always sends nary errybody on a vertical read of somekind with a chipping check down out of the backfield... that's like 90% of the play calls methinks... then its scramble drill time... Vick is pretty good with those underneath crossing routes and our receivers excel at it... eff all that intermediate shit... 5 and dump then step back and bomb it away!!!! - simple... quick... and then Vick stays healthier oftener... sumpt'n like that
@Jerky @l30p1221n1 I have zero confidence that he will be on the field enough to get us ware we need to go.
@l30p1221n1 That's dumb.
@Jerky welp... if he's gonna go down... it's gonna happen... now or later... if 1 preseason drive kills him for the year... then so be it... it were his density...
@l30p1221n1 @Spiffo @Jerky he can call all the quick hitters he wants, mikes gtta throw the damned ball.
If he goes down to injury for the year for some foolish preseason game that means dick for starters, and almost all teams sit their starters in, that's a disaster waiting to happen. Sure, all the Folemites would be happy as clams, but there goes any chances this team has at making a deep playoff run/SB.
@Jerky is the sky falling yet?