The quarterback depth chart will come as no surprise. This appeared to be set in stone from the beginning.
Running Backs (3): LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk, Bryce Brown
Matthew Tucker has had a really nice preseason, but I don’t see how the Eagles can keep four running backs. Tucker is a practice squad candidate.
Wide Receivers (6): DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson, Greg Salas, Russell Shepard
Injuries to Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn opened the door for guys like Salas and Shepard to make it.
Tight Ends (4): Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey, Clay Harbor
I think the Eagles will find a way to stash Clay Harbor on the roster. He’s had a good camp, and his talent, versatility, and athleticism are traits that Chip Kelly won’t want to part with.
Offensive Lineman (9): Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, Lane Johnson, Alan Barbre, Julian Vandervelde, Dennis Kelly, Michael Bamiro
I don’t see how Danny Watkins makes this team. He hasn’t shown anything special, and he’d likely be inactive on gamedays anyway with the Eagles probably only dressing three lineman. Who would Jeff Stoutland rather have on the roster to develop? A disappointing first-round pick who is almost on the wrong side of 30, or a young guy with untapped potential like Bamiro?
Defensive Ends (4): Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers
Joe Kruger and David King are practice squad material. Curry and Geathers have both been pretty good in the preseason.
Defensive Tackles (3): Isaac Sopoaga, Bennie Logan, Damian Square
Antonio Dixon is the notable name that doesn’t make it here. He’s been vastly outplayed by Square and Logan.
Linebackers (8): DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Jake Knott, Emmanuel Acho, Chris McCoy
Its time to say goodbye to Casey Matthews. The emergence of guys like Knott, Acho, and McCoy have made him expendable. Everette Brown played well enough to earn a roster spot as well, but I can’t see the Eagles keeping five reserve linebackers.
Cornerbacks (5): Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Trevard Lindley, Jordan Poyer
I don’t see how the Eagles can justify bringing back Curtis Marsh for another year. The third-round pick from 2010 has shown absolutely nothing. Brandon Hughes might get the nod over Lindley because of his special teams ability, but I think the Eagles have seen enough of Hughes as a cornerback and will finally give Lindley an opportunity after releasing and re-signing him multiple times over the past few years.
Safeties (5): Patrick Chung, Nate Allen, Earl Wolff, Colt Anderson, Kurt Coleman
I have Kurt Coleman making the roster for now because I just can’t see the Eagles going into the season with Earl Wolff and Colt Anderson as their backups. They need some kind of experienced presence behind Patrick Chung and Nate Allen. If Coleman isn’t that guy, then I believe they’ll pick up another experienced safety elsewhere.
Special Teams (3): Alex Henery, Donnie Jones, Jon Dorenbos