NFC East: Antwan Barnes

Trent Williams is inactive for Redskins

October, 3, 2010
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PHILADELPHIA -- Not that this should catch any of you by surprise, but Washington Redskins rookie left tackle Trent Williams is inactive for today's game against the Eagles because of knee and toe injuries. Williams will be replaced by Stephon Heyer, who will likely need some help against defensive end Trent Cole. Kory Lichtensteiger will start in place of Derrick Dockery at left guard for the Redskins. Here's a full list of inactives:

Eagles: QB Mike Kafka, RB Joique Bell, CB Trevard Lindley, DE Antwan Barnes, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, LB Keenan Clayton, OT Austin Howard, TE Clay Harbor

Redskins: QB John Beck, CB Kevin Barnes, LB Perry Riley, OT Trent Williams, DT Anthony Bryant, TE Logan Paulsen, DE Jeremy Jarmon, DT Vonnie Holliday

Philadelphia Eagles cutdown analysis

September, 4, 2010
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Check here for a full list of the Philadelphia Eagles' roster moves.

Biggest surprise: At the last minute, the Eagles were able to move Stacy Andrews and his reduced (but still too large) salary to the Seahawks for a seventh-round pick in 2011. Andrews had been a huge disappointment for the Eagles and now they feel fortunate to receive anything in return for him. Of the cuts, safety Quintin Demps was probably the biggest surprise. He ended up in Andy Reid's doghouse last season, but he made strides this offseason in having a better attitude. But with rookie Nate Allen claiming the starting safety spot, Demps apparently became expendable. He was a decent return man, but not good enough to warrant a roster spot. Guard Max Jean-Gilles was released, but he'll be brought back Sunday. The Eagles missed the 6 p.m. ET trade deadline on Andrews, so that's why that happened with Jean-Gilles.

No-brainers: I lot of folks were pulling for Chad Hall as a return man, but he simply didn't have enough success in the preseason. Wide receiver Jordan Norwood catches everything, so he'll be a good practice squad candidate. Tight end Cornelius Ingram will probably make it through to the practice squad as well. You knew it was a bad sign for Macho Harris recently when he was bouncing between positions. Looked like a player at this time last year but he never took the next step.

What's next: General manager Howie Roseman will be on the hunt for safeties and cornerbacks. I like the trade for defensive end Antwan Barnes from the Ravens. He was an excellent fourth-round pick for the Ravens in '07 and he has a lot of explosion coming off the edge. He'll be a good fit in the Eagles' up-the-field pass-rush, according to some AFC scouts I spoke to Saturday. Unlike the Cowboys, I think the Eagles will continue to churn the bottom of this roster. We'll keep you posted throughout the rest of the holiday weekend. It's interesting that the Eagles kept six cornerbacks and the Cowboys three. The Eagles only kept two tight ends, so they'll be looking around for help at that position.

Giants cut QB Rhett Bomar, Eagles land DE

September, 4, 2010
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The New York Giants will release second-year quarterback Rhett Bomar on Satuday, according to Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger. The move makes sense with the Giants trading for Sage Rosenfels on Friday. But it's hard to imagine Bomar making it through waivers to the practice squad this time around.

In other news, the Eagles announced they've traded an undisclosed 2011 pick for Ravens defensive end Antwan Barnes, a former fourth-round pick. An AFC scout who's seen Barnes play quite a bit over the past three seasons said he is an explosive player who will be a good fit for the Eagles' "up the field scheme." He played outside linebacker for the Ravens, but he'll play defensive end for the Eagles. Look for him to immediately be a part of the rotation.

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