Crash Landing: Fulgham Out As Birds Trim Roster
Travis Fulgham, last year’s leader in receiving yards for the Philadelphia Eagles, found himself unemployed once again as the team made its final cuts Tuesday to comply with the NFL-mandated roster limit of 53 by the 4 p.m. deadline.
Moving on from Fulgham was probably the most surprising news on cutdown day. Inside The Birds first reported the team’s plan to move on from the talented but wildly inconsistent wide receiver:
Major fall from grace for Fulgham, last year’s team leader in receiving yards.
Sounds like #Eagles going with 5 WRs.
— Inside the Birds (@InsideBirds) August 31, 2021
Fulgham’s team-high 539 receiving yards on 38 catches, most of it coming during a four-game stretch last year, wasn’t a shock to anyone who watched the third-year receiver sink down the depth chart this summer, to the point where he played the second half of the preseason finale alongside several bubble players, many of which weren’t going to make the team.
Fulgham had already been cut by the Lions and Packers before coming to the Eagles last summer. Look for the team to try to bring him back on the practice squad if another team doesn’t claim him off waivers.
Third-year pro J.J Arecga-Whiteside, a disappointing 2019 second-rounder, salvaged the fifth and final spot behind DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins and Greg Ward.
Special teams always figures into the final receiver positions, and Arcega-Whiteside showed this summer that he can contribute on the core special teams units.
Another shocker: The Eagles cut veteran running back Jordan Howard, keeping just three running backs on the 53. It’s possible the Eagles attempt to re-sign him in a roster tango move as soon as the waiver claim process is complete.
Earlier in the day, the Eagles traded backup offensive lineman Matt Pryor, a fourth-year pro and former sixth-rounder who has played guard and tackle, to the Colts along with a 2022 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2022 sixth-round pick.
Of course, Arcega-Whiteside and others who made the initial 53 could be on the outside by Wednesday afternoon as the Eagles will likely make waiver claims to add depth in areas of need.
Here’s a list of the team’s transactions:
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.