Linebacker Brian Rolle's rapid discent on the Philadelphia Eagles' depth chart ended Tuesday when the team released him.
The former starter was let go in a shakeup designed to bolster the team's special teams and provide depth at linebacker. Linebacker Adrian Moten, who was with the Eagles in training camp, was signed to replace Rolle.
In addition, the Eagles re-signed guard Julian Vandervelde to the practice squad and released long snapper Kyle Wilson from the practice squad after adding him just a week ago.
"Well Philly it's been real," Rolle said Tuesday via Twitter. "Words can't explain the hollow feeling I have right now. Love this city but I'm on to another journey."
Rolle, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick out of Ohio State, started 13 games at weakside linebacker as a rookie. The 5-foot-10, 240-pounder notched 63 tackles, a sack and returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown against Chicago last season.
The 23-year-old entered training camp before this season as a starter, but lost that job to Akeem Jordan. Rolle played on special teams in all four games and replaced Jordan at linebacker when he was hurt at Arizona, registering two tackles against the Cardinals. But when Jordan's strained hamstring kept him from playing against the New York Giants, Jamar Chaney got the starting nod ahead of Rolle.
Chaney and Rolle are distant cousins. Brian Rolle is also related to former Galloway Township resident Myron Rolle, who was released by Pittsburgh at the end of the preseason.
"Don't feel sorry for me," Brian Rolle said on Twitter. "God's plan is bigger than what we can comprehend. Keep the faith is all I can do."
Moten, 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, originally signed with the Eagles on Aug. 6 and was released on Aug. 31. He played 10 games with Indianapolis last season, posting seven tackles, and also played the final two games of the season for Seattle.
Moten will be counted on to help the Eagles' coverage units, which gave up several long returns against Giants kickoff returner David Wilson in the Eagles' 19-17 victory last Sunday night.
Vandervelde, 6-2 and 300 pounds, was the Eagles' fifth-round draft pick last year and played in one game. He was released on Aug. 31 in favor of center Dallas Reynolds and was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay on Sept. 1. The Buccaneers cut him two days later, then added him to their practice squad before releasing him again last Thursday.
An accomplished singer, Vandervelde performed a stirring rendition of the National Anthem during Eagles Flight Night on Aug. 15.
Nelson was signed to the practice squad last Tuesday as insurance in case long snapper Jon Dorenbos would not be ready to play against the Giants. Dorenbos suffered a high ankle sprain against the Cards, but played last Sunday and handled all the punts, snaps and field goals.