My final 53-man roster includes 5 players yet to be determined. Players such as Poyer (practice squad) and Coleman/Anderson should not make the final 53 man cut. I’ve never been a fan of players getting a roster spot due to injuries. There will be players cut by others teams that could be depth players on this team. I expect the Eagles to attempt to trade Watkins and not just release him before the deadline. Sheppard has not shown me enough to be our 5th receiver. I wanted to see if Marsh could be a factor at the cornerback position this year, but unfortunately he got injured. Momah has the size, but he is a practice squad player until his skills are polished for the NFL.
Guys like Cole, Graham, and Ryans who will be important elements of our 3-4 scheme, I have seen very little from throughout the preseason. If Boykins had the size of Fletcher this decision would be easier, but Boykins will be the slot guy to start the season. The Eagles made a lot of off-season signings for the defensive side of the field. They were low risk high reward type signings that will give us depth to start the season and see what we have. I remember the New York Giants getting away with a marginal secondary in route to a SuperBowl title because of a dominant front seven. The Eagles can’t allow teams to throw on this secondary, pressure on the quarterback will be essential.
On the offensive side, I’m confident with our ability to run the football. I like what I have seen from our tight-ends and wide-receiver Desean Jackson. Cooper and Avant have shown they can catch the football. Their potential to do anything with it afterwards is suspect. Johnson is return specialists and bubble screen type guy, and not someone who could step in as an every down receiver if an injury were to occur.
Does Chip keep players that are marginal but are those he has watched and coached? Will Chip be aggressive and sign players from other teams who he believes have more to offer even though he is unfamiliar with them? I truly expected to be more comfortable with deciding the 53 man roster. I thought I was going to have trouble with deciding the last few roster positions. I actually have kept guys like Brown and either Coleman/Anderson who I feel only give you minimum contribution.
What are we really going to see tonight that earns roster spots? I’m not pushing the panic button as I feel the Eagles have their starters for week one on this roster. With injuries and the speed/rotation that Kelly wants to use this season, back-ups are extremely important. A lot of work left to be done, so where do you see the needed help coming from?
53 Man Roster
QBS(3)- Vick, Foles, Barkley
RBS(3)-McCoy, Brown, Polk
WR(5)-Jackson, Avant, Cooper, Johnson, Player X
TE-(4)-Celek, Casey, Ertz, Harbor
Tackle(4)-Peters, Johnson, Kelly, Kopa
Guard(3)-Barbe, Mathis, Herremans
Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle(6)-Cox, Thorton, Sopoaga, Geathers, Curry, Logan
Linebackers/Defensive Ends- Starters (10)- Cole, Barwin, Kendricks, Ryans, Backups- Graham, Acho, Knott, Brown, Player X, Player X
Cornerbacks- (5)Starters Williams/Fletcher Backups-Boykins, Player X, Poyer
Safeties-(5)Starters Chung/Allen Backups-Wolfe, Coleman/Anderson(one of these two “special teams players who shows more versus the Jets), Player X
Specialsits(3)- Dorenbos, Henry, Jones