• November 28, 2022

Projecting The 53-Man Roster

usa-paul-turner-eagles-bucsQuarterbacks (3): Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Carson Wentz

No surprises here.

Running Back (4): Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner, Wendell Smallwood

No shockers here either. Disappointing that the team didn’t get much of a look at Smallwood during August.

Wide Receiver (5): Dorial Green-Beckham, Jordan Matthews, Paul Turner, Josh Huff, Nelson Agholor

Turner has shown more than enough to make this roster. It’s a crime if he doesn’t make it at this point.

Tight End (3): Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, Trey Burton

I think there’s a chance Chris Pantale makes it as the fullback, but I think the team cuts him and tries to go with Burton as the fullback in order to free up an extra roster spot to keep an extra defensive player.

Offensive Line (9): Lane Johnson, Jason Peters, Alan Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, Stefan Wisniewski, Matt Tobin, Halapoulivaati Vaitai

The NFL needs to resolve the Lane Johnson situation one way or the other by this weekend. It’s completely ridiculous that this has been drawn out as long as it has. Suspend the guy or don’t. But don’t leave it in limbo while the franchise is making important roster decisions.

Defensive Ends (6): Vinny Curry, Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham, Marcus Smith, Steven Means, Bryan Braman

Smith and Means have both played their way onto the team.

Defensive Tackle (4): Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Beau Allen, Aziz Shittu

I wasn’t sure that Beau Allen was a lock to make it before camp began, but he’s a lock at this point. Shittu is one of the longshots that I think makes it. The team has been trying to trade Taylor Hart, and Shittu has made enough plays in the preseason that he might earn the last spot.

Linebacker (6): Jordan Hicks, Mychal Kendricks, Nigel Bradham, Najee Goode, Stephen Tulloch, Quintin Guase

Guase earned the final spot on the depth chart with some nice moments on special teams.

Cornerbacks (6): Leodis McKelvin, Nolan Carroll, Ron Brooks, Eric Rowe, C.J. Smith, Jalen Mills

If there’s a guy here that gets cut, I think it could be Mills, who started out strong but tailed off as the preseason went on. I think the Eagles may try to get Mills to the practice squad if they want to go heavy elsewhere. Smith has been the best of the bubble corners, while the team has too high a pick invested in Rowe, and will give him another year to develop despite his frustrating play.

Safeties (4): Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Jaylen Watkins, Chris Maragos

Ed Reynolds finished August strong, but too little too late to beat out Watkins for the final spot.

Specialists (3): Caleb Sturgis, Donnie Jones, John Dorenbos

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September 2, 2016 1:23 pm

Eagles Need to Go with 10 OL (which includes Lane Johnson) until his Status is Resolved
Place RB Smallwood on Short-Term IR to Start the Season
Pick-Up a WR off the Waiver Wire
Keep only 3 TE’s
Keep only 5 DE’s (Either Braman or MSII is Released)
Have 4 DT’s (But Keep Destiny Vaeao over Shittuu – Release T Hart and place Shittuu on the the Practice Squad)
Have 6 LB’s but Trade Michael Kendricks for 2017 Mid-Round Draft Pick and then Pick-up a LB off the Waiver Wire to replace him..
Keep 6 CB’s (McKelvin, Carroll, Brooks, J Mills, CJ Smith & ***Rowe)
Keep 4 Safety (Jenkins, McLeod, Watkins and Maragos)
(**Have Eric Rowe learn/convert to the Safety Position)

September 2, 2016 4:03 pm
Reply to  paulman

Taylor Hart has looked decent in the first 3 preseason games – he hurt his knee in game 3 and didn’t play in game 4 to rest but will definitely make the team and back up Fletcher Cox just like last season. There is no talent difference between Vinny Curry and Taylor Hart. They are both below average players but capable backups to play 1 out of every 3 snaps.

September 2, 2016 1:53 pm

Daniels sucks, need to go. Other than that, I think Taylor hart had a strong camp, I can see where they have depth and are trying to get something for him. I think keeping him would add to that though. I am not a Rowe faneither so let’s see where that goes right now. I truly hope Turner gets a spot….the way Pederson is talking though.

September 2, 2016 2:53 pm
Reply to  Xevious

doug pederson aint cutting his lover chase daniels.

September 2, 2016 3:04 pm

talk of cutting daniels is a complete waste of time-he’s here for a reason and its not because he is the next joe montana… hopefully he’s in Wentz’ head doing extra study– thats his job, failure to see that will leave you guys frustrated.

September 2, 2016 3:51 pm

Right on about cutting daniels.He is here as pre -planned by the newest regime. And it is not any of we, the fans money,Acceptance, for 2 years and Daniels will ride on.His name will be quickly forgotten after this gig is over.

September 2, 2016 4:14 pm

Eagles traded Demarco Murray to Tennessee Titans for a switch of 4th round draft picks in the 2016 NFL draft (pick 100 to pick 113) —
Maybe Dorial Green-Beckham was a really part of that deal originally. Dorial Green-Beckham for Dennis Kelly makes no sense.
Both those deals are massively one sided but if you combine them they make sense.

September 2, 2016 5:26 pm

MurrAys salary is what tipped the balance

September 2, 2016 6:37 pm

Murray re-worked his Deal with Titans to a more manageable 4 Year – $25 Million with only $12.5 Million in Guaranteed $$$$ to get out of Philly
So a Win-Win all the way around …