Carson Strong left after the mysterious preseason

Eagles release Carson Strong after mysterious preseason: The report first appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Keep waiting and waiting for Carson Strong to get a chance.

It never happened.

The Eagles on Monday released the strong-armed rookie quarterback after he threw just four passes in the entire preseason and barely took practice reps in training camp. The news was first reported by Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports.

What makes Strong’s case so strange is that the Eagles secured him a franchise-record $320,000 in April when they signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Nevada.

Then they never let him play.

Strong came to the Eagles with college credentials. In his last two years in Reno, he led the entire BCS with 63 touchdown passes, 7,033 passing yards and interception ratio (one every 73 attempts) and had the second-highest completion percentage at 70.1 percent.

The big question for Strong was his surgically repaired knees, and questions about his health and mobility knocked him completely out of the draft after once being considered 1St– round talent.

But it was never a problem with the Eagles. He never missed a practice, though he rarely did, and the expected competition between Strong and Reid Sinnett for a potential third quarterback spot never materialized.

Strong’s practice reps were few and far between, and he certainly didn’t get enough work to get into any kind of rhythm as a passer.

Strong didn’t play in the preseason opener against the Jets and then threw just one pass against the Browns and three Saturday night in Miami. Completed a six-yard pass to John Hightower on his four preseason attempts, all late in the 4thu-quarter cleaning duty.

He played just seven of the Eagles’ 198 offensive snaps in the preseason. Sinnett played 100, Gardner Minshew 86 and Jalen Hurts eight.

What makes this all the more surprising is that Sinnett was terrible in the preseason, but he threw 48 passes and Strong just four.

Since preseason stats are available, which is 1999, no rookie Eagles quarterback has thrown anywhere close to those few passes in the preseason. The previous low in that time was Andy Hall’s 18 tries in 2004.

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro spoke with Strong on Saturday night after the Eagles wrapped up the preseason with a game against the Dolphins in Miami, and Strong said he had no regrets about signing here, despite how things turned out.

“This is a great organization to be a part of, this is a great football team with great coaches and a great owner,” he said. “It’s a top organization from the owner to the GM and the coaches. These guys know what they are doing. This is a great roster and I’m very happy to have the opportunity to be on this team and be a part of it.”

But now it’s not.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman will be available to the media on Tuesday and will no doubt address Strong’s strange career with the Eagles.

Nick Sirianni didn’t say much when asked about Strong, only that the team wanted to see as much of Sinnett as possible.

“Everybody’s in a different situation and different scenarios,” he said after Saturday night’s game. “We wanted Reed to get a job. We wanted Gardner to get a job. This was little more than anything else. We wanted to make sure those guys got the reps they needed.”

Assuming the 22-year-old Strong clears waivers, the Eagles could try to sign him to their practice squad, but if they like him enough to keep him as a developmental prospect, why not see what he can do in training camp and preparation Games;

And if you are a Strong, do you really want to stay with an organization that refused to give you any chance during training camp and preseason games?

“Eventually, I’ll get a chance in the preseason or a real game, whatever,” Strong said Saturday night. “Finally, I’ll get a chance to go out there and play. I just have to make sure I’m ready when my opportunity comes.”

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