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Chip Kelly Cuts 11 Players Including Dennis Dixon and Will Murphy

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Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Dennis Dixon (Photo: AP)
Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Dennis Dixon (Photo: AP)

Chip Kelly has a lot of former Ducks on his NFL roster. Or rather, to put it more accurately, Chip Kelly had a lot of former Ducks on his NFL roster. The Philadelphia Eagles cut 11 players on Friday including 2012 wide receiver Will Murphy and 2007 quarterback Dennis Dixon. Three Ducks survived the first round of cuts: Patrick Chung, Casey Matthews and Jeff Maehl, and while Kelly’s team must cut nine more for the final roster, there’s a good shot those three might survive that.

Murphy caught his first and only touchdown against Cal last year. But the senior had a great Oregon career and will likely find a role in special teams somewhere.

Dixon’s pro career may have its first death knell, however. The first big star of Kelly’s offense had five starts with Pittsburgh and got a ring with Baltimore, but would have been behind Michael Vick, Nick Foles this fall.

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Franklin Bains, contributing sports writer for EDN, writes about Ducks volleyball, Eugene prep sports and Pac-12 football, as well as some odds and ends in Oregon sports. Previously wrote for the Oregon Daily Emerald. Bains writes a weekly Pac-12 recap, and his favorite place in the spring might just be the PK Park press box.

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