Philadelphia Eagles: 5 reactions to final cuts for 53-man roster during 2018 season

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1. Eagles criticized for going Smallwood over Adams

As mentioned before, the Eagles hope to pick up where they left off last season by causing all sorts of problems for opposing defenses with a trio of running backs led by Ajayi, Clement, and Sproles. However, one of the most interesting battles from training camp and preseason was the No. 4 spot at running back, as Philadelphia had a handful of candidates to consider, although Matt Jones seemed to be a lost cause from the start with his fumbling issues.

Since Jones didn’t seem like he was going to earn one of the roster spots, the battle for the No. 4 running back position was going to come down to Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams. Based off the preseason, Adams seemed like he was going to pull a move similar to Clement in which he would earn a roster spot as an undrafted free agent, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

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Some Philadelphia fans were crushed to see the 53-man roster released on Saturday, only to find out that it was actually Smallwood who beat out Adams for the final spot. Sure, the argument can be made that Adams has a history of struggling to stay healthy, but only time will tell when it comes to whether they made the right decision going with Smallwood instead of the former Notre Dame star.