I give Andy Reid and Howie Roseman credit for awarding players who made an impact during the preseason. They didn’t protect players whom they had drafted, solely because they had been drafted in high positions. They made some very tough decisions, but this roster will change after the first week.
The Eagles roster includes ten rookies, eight draft picks; Danny Watkins, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Curtis Marsh, Alex Henery, Dion Lewis, Jason Kelce, Julian Vandevelde, and Brian Rolle, as well as two undrafted free agents; punter Chaz Henry and defensive tackles Cedric Thornton.
The Eagles had two players, Winston Justice and Juqua Parker, take salary cuts in order to stay on the football team. Personally I wonder why more teams don’t approach players who are still very capable of contributing to the football team, but are no longer starters to take pay cuts.
Later today I will take an upclose look at each position and evaluate it.
Quarterbacks (3) – Michael Vick, Vince Young, Mike Kafka
Running Backs (4) – LeSean McCoy, Ronnie Brown, Dion Lewis and fullback Owen Schmitt
Wide Receivers (5) – DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper and Steve Smith
Tight Ends (2) – Brent Celek, Clay Harbor
Offensive Line (9) – Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Danny Watkins, Todd Herremans, Winston Justice, King Dunlap, Julian Vandervelde and Jamaal Jackson.
Defensive Linemen (10) – Ends – Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Juqua Parker, Darryl Tapp, and Phillip Hunt.
Tackles – Mike Patterson, Cullen Jenkins, Antonio Dixon, Trevor Laws and Cedric Thornton.
Linebackers (6) – Jamar Chaney, Casey Matthews, Moise Fokou, Akeem Jordan, Keenan Clayton and Brian Rolle.
Defensive Backs (11) Corners: Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Curtis Marsh, Trevard Lindley and Brandon Hughes.
Safeties: Kurt Coleman, Jarrad Page, Nate Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Colt Anderson.
SPECIAL TEAMS: (3) Kicker: Alex Henery Punter: Chas Henry Long-snapper: Jon Dorenbos
Brandon Graham (knee) opens on the PUP list, meaning the earliest he can play is Week 7.