Eagles make difficult cuts as Philadelphia's roster takes shape under first-year coach Kelly

So much for Dennis Dixon having a leg up because he knows Chip Kelly's offense.

Dixon was one of 12 players cut by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday as they moved closer to the 53-player roster limit. He had a standout career at Oregon when Kelly was the Ducks' offensive coordinator and signed with the Eagles in February, not long after Kelly took the job. But Dixon's true shot at earning a spot as the No. 3 quarterback behind Michael Vick and Nick Foles was all but lost once the Eagles drafted USC's Matt Barkley in the fourth round in April.

There were plenty of other changes Friday when Kelly whittled his first Eagles roster closer to the league limit. Among those let go, were defensive end David King, a seventh-round pick, and veteran defensive tackle Antonio Dixon. The Eagles also placed defensive end Joe Kruger on injured reserve list with a shoulder injury.

With the cuts, the Eagles' roster stands at 62 players. All teams are required to cut their rosters to 53 players by 6 p.m. Saturday.