As the Eagles trim their roster down to 53 players on Saturday, we have our first cut that might be considered a surprise.
After De'Vante Bausby got first-team reps during the spring and early summer, the Eagles have released the 25-year-old cornerback, according to a league source.
If Bausby clears waivers, he'll likely be back on the Eagles' practice squad.
For a long time, it looked like Bausby was a lock on the roster. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was very high on Bausby in the spring, so it's somewhat surprising the team didn't keep him on the roster just a few months later.
But he didn't have a good preseason and was passed by Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox on the depth chart. Bausby had been working as the Eagles' first-team nickel corner for a lot of the offseason. It appears that Jones will be the team's nickel cornerback, but it was the emergence of Maddox that likely made Bausby expendable.
Bausby was originally signed as an undrafted free agent back in 2015. He was signed to the Eagles' practice squad early last season and stayed there the whole year. His only playing experience in the regular season came with the Bears in 2016.
Without Bausby on the roster, the Eagles will probably roll with just five corners: Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Rasul Douglas, Jones and Maddox.