The Philadelphia Eagles have begun cutting their roster down to the mandated number of 53 players. A highlight of their Friday moves is the release of quarterback Cody Kessler.

The team signed Kessler earlier in the offseason after a one-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was placed in concussion protocol earlier in the preseason after a big hit sustained from his previous team in Week 2. Kessler's release was an expected one, as the Eagles appear to have their quarterback depth chart locked down in Carson Wentz, Josh McCown, and Nate Sudfeld.

Kessler appeared in five games with Jacksonville last season, starting four in relief of the since-departed Blake Bortles. He threw for 709 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions while completing 64.9 percent of his passes, leading the Jaguars to a 2-2 record as a starter. Kessler has hardly proven himself worthy of a starting job, but is likely to field calls from several teams who need help with depth at quarterback.

In addition, the Eagles placed tight end Richard Rodgers on the injured reserve. He was carted off the field with a foot injury last week in joint training camp with the Baltimore Ravens. It's unclear if he'll see any action in 2019.

NFL teams will be allowed to place waiver claims on all those the Eagles waived. Interesting cuts include Orlando Scandrick and Eli Harold. Scandrick, a veteran, signed with Philly a month ago and was expected to bring an experienced presence to the locker room. The Eagles acquired Harold from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for tackle Ryan Bates early in training camp.