The Philadelphia Eagles made one possibly surprising move and one that should have been done a long time ago. According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, the team has cut punter Dirk Johnson and former US Olympic skier-turned-return specialist Jeremy Bloom. Sources close to the team confirmed to the Daily News that both Johnson and Bloom were informed of their releases yesterday.
The Johnson release is interesting in one respect; it comes on the anniversary of Johnson receiving a six-year extension. But apparently the Eagles liked what they saw in the former Aussie footballer Sav Rocca. Johnson had a solid preseason, but that wasn’t enough for him to keep his job. Rocca has the stronger leg, which is what probably sealed Johnson’s fate. But I would think that Johnson will get signed by a team in the league before Week 1, as there is still a market for punters.
Bloom’s release, on the other hand, isn’t really shocking. But I do wonder – what were the Eagles thinking in taking a chance on a former Olympic skier? By Bloom’s own admission, he has played very little organized football, and his performance this preseason was lackluster, at best. Although the team called Bloom “a work in progress”, I think the Eagles made a mistake in even considering Bloom in the first place. Now because of this dalliance, they will most likely have to find their return man from within. One possibility could be Greg Lewis (who they should have thought about to begin with). It will be interesting to see if Rocca is all he was hyped to be and who the Eagles go with as their return man.