Brad Wing has been released by the Philadelphia Eagles as part of their preseason cuts.Aussie punter Brad Wing has been released by the Philadelphia Eagles as part of their preseason cuts. The first wave of cuts was announced by the Eagles today via their official website and Twitter account:
#Eagles roster moves: Released: Carrier, WR Miller, McClam, Purcell, Remington, Shaw, Walker, Winchester & P Wing; Waived/Injured CB Whitley — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 25, 2013The Eagles chose to release 10 players before the first official cut-off time, which is set to this Tuesday at 4 p.m. Wing's release signals the team's desire to give the starting job to veteran punter Donnie Jones. The LSU product always had a tough battle ahead of him, but had displayed a powerful leg in camp and a willingness to learn. The Aussie's best performance undoubtedly came in Week 2 of the preseason, when Wing punted four times for a nice 41.8-yard average against the Carolina Panthers. The Eagles were reportedly looking for a punter with a nice hang time on his kicks, as the team had trouble with long punt returns during their 2012-13 season. Donnie Jones was brought in during the March free agency period to fix the issue, and Wing was signed as an undrafted free agent immediately preceding the NFL draft in April as competition. After a successful career as the starting punter for LSU, Wing was a highly-touted product in this year's NFL draft. However, off-field issues -- including a team suspension that saw him miss their bowl game and hurt his value -- potentially saw him go undrafted, despite being ranked in the top five of his position. Wing had a shaky start to the Eagles camp, and he was forced to sit out for a few days after failing to pass his fitness test. But he steadied himself and gave the veteran some good competition as the preseason wore on. There's no news whether or not Wing will be signed to the practice squad, or whether there are other teams interested in him at this time. We have no doubt Wing will make his way to the NFL and wish him the best of luck. Unfortunately New Zealand offensive tackle Nic Purcell was also part of the first wave of cuts in Philadelphia. The 6'6", 305-pound Kiwi joined the team as an undrafted free agent early in May. We'll keep this post updated if any new information presents itself.