Friday, August 28, 2015

Eagles waive CB Cliff Harris

The Eagles made one more roster move on Sunday morning, waiving talented undrafted rookie cornerback Cliff Harris. The timing was noteworthy because the Eagles waived 10 players together on Saturday, and Harris was the lone cut on Sunday morning. It also came two days after Harris recorded an interception in his second preseason game and one day before the Eagles were mandated to make five roster moves to cut their roster to 75.

Eagles waive CB Cliff Harris

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Juan Castillo said second-year safety Jaiquawn Jarrett will "knock your block off." (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Juan Castillo said second-year safety Jaiquawn Jarrett will "knock your block off." (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles made one more roster move on Sunday morning, waiving talented undrafted rookie cornerback Cliff Harris. The timing was noteworthy because the Eagles waived 10 players together on Saturday, and Harris was the lone cut on Sunday morning. It also came two days after Harris recorded an interception in his second preseason game and one day before the Eagles were mandated to make five roster moves to cut their roster to 75.

But the timing also gives Harris a chance to land on another team's roster and perhaps sneak onto their final 53-man roster cut based on the tape that he showed with the Eagles and his talented, albeit troubled, career at Oregon. Harris would also potentially be a practice squad option on the Eagles if he doesn't land with another team, although he already had his chance in Philadelphia.

Harris stood out on the first few days of training camp before veterans arrived. He seemed to hit a wall at that point, especially when he was troubled by an ankle injury that kept him out of the preseason opener. And whereas he seemed to get by early on his natural athleticism, Harris has recently tried to better understand the defense and his requirements within the system.

It also didn't help his case that he was behind other cornerbacks on the Eagles' roster, and it would have been unlikely based on performance and the depth chart that he would have made the Eagles' 53. They have Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie locked in as the top cornerbacks, with Joselio Hanson and Brandon Boykin competing for the nickel spot and Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes impressing on the outside. Trevard Lindley is also still on the roster.

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Harris was a popular player because of his talent and off-the-field issues. He was a first-team All-American in 2010 at Oregon when he returned four punts for touchdowns and had six interceptions. He was kicked off Oregon's roster for a series of issues that included being pulled over driving 118 m.p.h. in a car that reportedly smelled of marijuana. 

"It was a humbling experience," Harris said in July, "seeing what I had gained and what I had lost."

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