- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Philadelphia Eagles released 12 players Sunday in preparation for cutting their roster to 75 by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. The Eagles now have 78 players on their roster.
Most significant move: G.J. Kinne spent two seasons on the fringe of the Eagles’ roster as a quarterback. As a practice squad player, he helped the defense prepare for mobile quarterbacks like Cam Newton and Russell Wilson. During the offseason, Kinne asked coach Chip Kelly if he could try to make the team as a running back and wide receiver. Kelly had signed Tim Tebow and traded for Sam Bradford. The quarterback meeting room seemed a little crowded. Kinne gave it his best shot, catching two passes for 4 yards in Saturday night’s preseason game in Green Bay. But he was among the first cuts announced by the team Sunday.
Local hero: Mike Coccia’s family still has its Eagles season tickets. The dream of seeing Coccia play in a regular-season game at Lincoln Financial Field will have to wait. The Eagles signed Coccia as an undrafted rookie free agent this year out of New Hampshire. He worked at center and guard during OTAs and minicamp and was trying to make the roster as a backup. But the Eagles have a few candidates for that role in David Molk and Julian Vandervelde. There just wasn’t room for Coccia at this point.
What’s next: The Eagles did not make any cuts at quarterback. The expectation is that Tebow and Matt Barkley will play most of Thursday’s preseason finale against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands. That will give each of them one final chance to make a case for himself as the No. 3 quarterback. The final roster cutdown to 53 players is Saturday at 4 p.m.
Eagles moves: CB Marc Anthony, S Brandan Bishop, OL Mike Coccia, OL Kevin Graf, DE Alfy Hill, WR Mike Johnson, WR G.J. Kinne, LB Dasman McCullum, WR Josh Reese, DE Jeremy Towns, TE Justin Tukes, OL Jared Wheeler.