Eagles cuts include CB Hanson, DT Dixon

PFW staff
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Updated 8:10 p.m. ET, Friday, Aug. 31

The Eagles released DT Antonio Dixon and P Mat McBriar and reached an injury settlement with S Tom Nelson to get their roster down to 53 players Friday.

Among the cuts was veteran CB Joselio Hanson.

Hanson has been the team’s nickel corner over the past six seasons. In 2011, Hanson played in every game with one start and had 30 tackles and four passes defensed. Fourth-round rookie Brandon Boykin is expected to be the nickel corner.

The other cuts include LB Keenan Clayton, WR Mardy Gilyard, WR Chad Hall, WR Marvin McNutt, S Phillip Thomas, OL Brandon Washington, OL Steve Vallos, DT Landon Cohen, TE Brett Brackett, S O.J. Atogwe, TE Chase Ford, FB Emil Igwenagu, OT D.J. Jones, QB Mike Kafka, DL Adrian Moten, DT Ollie Ogbu, LB Ryan Rau, DE Monte Taylor and DT Frank Trotter.

Atogwe joined the Eagles this offseason after playing in 13 games with eight starts last season for the Redskins. He had three picks and 60 tackles, but had a hamstring injury in camp.  

The way we see it

Hanson, a longtime valuable servant, is truly only a nickel corner. He can't play outside. That made him a luxury now that the team has depth at corner. Atogwe can't stay healthy. The Eagles almost certainly will target a safety on the market this weekend.

People thought McNutt had a chance to make it, but he's not better than Riley Cooper, who is coming back. McNutt has practice-squad appeal if another team doesn't claim him.