Despite not having to reach their final 53-man roster until Saturday afternoon, the Eagles have already made a handful of player cuts as they draw closer to the league-mandated number. Among the first wave of now former-Eagles are quarterback G.J. Kinne and running back Henry Josey.
#Eagles are planning to waive UDFA RB Henry Josey, source said.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 29, 2014
The Eagles have told GJ Kinne he’ll be released. He played well, just no spot for him.
— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) August 29, 2014
With Matt Barkley having put forth a strong showing in the team’s preseason finale as the starter, the Eagles apparently feel comfortable enough with their situation at quarterback beyond Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez. Kinne posted an impressive 130.7 quarterback rating in the preseason despite limited action. He threw for 130 yards on 12-14 passing and a touchdown.
With the logjam at the running back position, one could argue that the team’s most difficult decisions were going to come with whichever ball carrier (s) did not make the grade. Josey was the second leading rusher in the preseason and, despite doing so against second and third string defenses, demonstrated impressive burst, vision, and breakaway speed. Having made it all the way back from a devastating knee injury that threatened his career, Josey’s prolific play was one of the feel-good stories of the Eagles’ exhibition season. What ultimately may have cost the young running back a chance at making the roster was the fact that he did not contribute much on special teams. Considering the fact that the team has the NFL’s leading rusher in LeSean McCoy and the addition of Darren Sproles bolstering an already impressive backfield, whomever made the team from the cluster of running backs on the roster was going to have to do more than show an ability to run the ball.
Both players are eligible to land on the Eagles practice squad should they clear waivers.