• December 1, 2022

This Eagles 53-Man Roster Is Capable Of Another Super Bowl Title

This 2019-20 Eagles football team is one of the deepest and most talented Birds team I’ve ever seen.  Let me make it plain. They have the talent to win another Super Bowl. The depth and talent on the offensive side of the ball jumps out at you.  This team isn’t perfect, but I can’t help but be excited about the possibilities this team brings to the table.  The outstanding and deep offensive line gets your attention then you can’t help but be impressed with the abundance of weapons.  They can pound the ball inside and they get outside around the corner. They can beat you throwing the ball short, or downfield with intermediate shots or they can go up top with deep throws.  They are going to be very tough to stop.  Defensively, they are talented upfront at the defensive tackle position and in the secondary, but they’re going to need their defensive ends to step up.

Here’s a look at what I believe will be the final 53 man roster:

QB:  Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, Clayton Thorson (3) It’s ironic that after talking about the tremendous talent and depth on this football team, that I would have to talk about the one position where they aren’t as deep as they were the last two years. With no Nick Foles on the roster, the inexperienced Sudfeld will now be asked to run the offense, if something happens to Wentz.  Neither I nor the Eagles have any idea whether Sudfeld can get the job done under the national pressure and versus NFL talent and competition.  Of course, Wentz has to stay healthy this year, so we don’t have to find out.  Veteran Cody Kessler has been unimpressive.  Although, he’s a good athlete, he’s very small in stature and has a weak arm. I think they’ll keep the rookie Thorson, around.

Offensive Line: Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Stefan Wisniewski, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Andre Dillard, Jordan Mailata,  Matt Pryor, (10)  This is a very deep and talented offensive line.  You have Kelce, Brooks and Johnson, who are considered amongst the very best at their positions.  I will be interested in seeing how quickly Brooks returns to the lineup and whether the Eagles stay with Vaitai at right guard until he does.  Peters will be the other guy, I’ll be watching.  Can he stay healthy and on the field?   If he can’t, we’ll see if the Birds put Vaitai or Dillard in tbere for him.  The potential of the youngsters could make this group even better than it has been.  I’ll be watching the preseason games very closely to see where Vaitai, Dillard, Mailata, and Pryor are in their development.  If they’re as far along as I think they are, they will be ready for any injuries to get the opportunity to show what they can do.

TE:  Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Richard Rogers, (3) One of the most impressive players at the Eagles off season workouts was Goedert.  He’s another talented athlete, who is going to be very tough for opposing defenses to match up against.  You’re adding him to a team with a tight end in Ertz, who nobody was able to cover last season.   Ertz and Goddert are going to keep a lot of defensive coordinators up all night.  I’ll be interested in seeing  if the Eagles keep three or four tight ends on the roster.  I think this is the most talented group of tight ends in the NFL.   Rogers and Josh Perkins will be battling for a roster spot, which ever player is released will likely be picked up by another team.

RB:  Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Corey Clement, Darren Sproles (4) We have a big physical inside running back in Howard. He will make the Eagles a physical running team, which Pederson likes paired with his passing game.  Howard will pick up the first down on 3rd and short.  He will get extra yard on first and second down.  When the line blocks well enough for a three yard gain, he will get four.  Howard’s presence in the Eagles backfield will make teams respect and defend their running game.   Sanders is very talented but he has a lot of work to do because he missed so much of the offseason work.  He will be asked to get outside and make plays in the open field. Clement and Sproles will both contribute on third downs on screens, draws and options routes.  Sproles will be the team’s number one punt returner.

WR – Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Mack Hollins, Marken Michel (6)  I love the fact that each Eagles wide receiver has a different set of skills to bring to this offense.  The speed of Jackson forces defensive secondaries to make sure they’re ready for him going deep, so they can’t double any of the other receivers.  That will make defenses vulnerable to Jeffery, Agholor and the tight ends working underneath.  Jeffery brings his tremendous catch radius and Agholor has his outstanding combination of quickness and speed.  Arcega-Whiteside, the great leaper will be utilized in the red zone, when the Eagles go to their “Above the Rim” attack with 6’4″ Jeffery, 6’5″ Ertz, and 6’5″ Goedert..  Hollins and Michel will both be valuable special teams contributors.  Hollins will be a key player in kickoff and punt coverage, and Michel will be contributing as the kickoff and punt returner.

DE: Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, Josh Sweat, Shareef Miller, (5)  This is a position that I’m very concerned about.  The Eagles must find a way to replace the 10 sacks, which Michael Bennett contributed last season and the 6 sacks, which Chris Long contributed last season.   Graham and Barnett need to both have the best years of their careers.  I’m talking about double-digit sack years for both of them,  despite the fact that neither has accomplished that yet in their careers. There will also be tremendous pressure on Curry to be more productive than he has ever been.  Sweat needs to step up big for the first time in his career.  As a rookie, Miller won’t be asked to do very much.  I would not be surprised if the Eagles make a trade prior to the season in order to acquire more talent at this position.

DT: Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, Tim Jernigan, Treyvon Hester, Hassan Ridgeway (5) The Eagles defensive tackle group should be dominant, when it comes to creating pressure in the face of the quarterback. Cox has proven that he can’t be single-blocked by any guards in the league, therefore offensive lines are forced to double team him.  Jackson is committed to making teams pay for double teaming Cox.   Jernigan is healthier than he was a year ago and he’s eager to prove it.  This three man rotation is the best three man defensive tackle unit in the league.  Ridgeway and Hester are capable backups.

LB:  Nigel Bradham, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nathan Gerry, Zach Brown, L.J. Fort, (5)  Bradham is the team’s best linebacker.  He missed the off-season work, but he’ll be fine going forward because he knows the defense like the back of his hands.  Grugier-Hill is a tremendous athlete who has started to shine this offseason.  He has showed signs of being a playmaker.   This could be a breakout year for him. Brown will likely win the starting middle linebacker position because he’s physical and outstanding for the run.  Don’t expect him to be on the field in passing situations.  Bradham and Grucier-Hill will be the featured linebackers.

CB: Ronald Darby, Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, Cre’Von LeBlanc (5)

Despite missing the entire offseason due to an ACL tear, Darby will definitely be starting at one of the cornerback positions. He’s got all the tools to be an outstanding corner, but I want to see him be more physical in his tackling.  I believe the second-year Maddox is one of their best defensive backs and I see him starting at either cornerback or slot corner. The question marks involve Jalen Mills, who is still recovering from a foot injury; Sidney Jones, who is trying to stay healthy and put together a number of games of consistent play;  and Rasul Douglas, who played well last season when he got his chance.  Mills might not be ready to play at the beginning of the season.  When the season begins, I expect Darby and Maddox starting at the outside corners and Jones starting at slot corner.  Douglas and LeBlanc will be backing up.

Safety: Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Andrew Sendejo, Blake Countess, (4)  Jenkins and McLeod will be back there again running things in the secondary with Sendejo backing them up.  Jenkins continues to play with tremendous versatility, savvy and toughness.  McLeod is eager to display his tremendous coverage and tackling skills after recovering an ACL. Countess and Tre Sullivan will battle for that final roster spot. Countess has an advantage because of his play on special teams.

Special Teams: Jake Elliott, Cameron Johnston, Rick Lovato (3)  No changes are expected with Eagles kicker Jake Elliott, punter Cameron Johnston or long snapper Rick Lovato. All three of these skilled performers are amongst the best in the league at this jobs.

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Sean Winton
Sean Winton
July 24, 2019 9:30 am

With the concern of the DE depth, would it be wise to look at Barwin and bring him in? Might give the Birds that Chris Long presence.

Paulman Returns
Paulman Returns
July 24, 2019 11:10 am

I’m not as concerned about the DE Position as many seem to be, Do Note that Brandon Graham will not be asked to Play Inside much due to the Depth of the Eagles DT Position as he has done the last few Season, so he should really get most of his Snaps at his Natural Position of DE.. Also a Full Season for Barnett who was off to a strong Start Last Season and a rejuvenated Vinny Curry will help make up for loss production from Bennett/Long’s Departure and then there is also the strong possibility that Malik Jackson can also line up as a Pass-Rusher at DE on occasion too as he has good Natural Pass-Rushing Skills and can be used inside and outside…
Of Course, everyone needs to be healthy and a real Wild-Card will be the development of Josh Sweat and how much can he contribute on a rotational basis as that 4th DE.. He’s Healthy, Young and Athletic and could be a real surprise coming in games with Fresh Legs and Speed in certain situations as the Season Progresses

If and Injuries occur the Eagles can always dial up Connor Barwin or even Chris Long if need be but I think the Eagles DE Group of Barnett, Curry and Sweat can get 20 + Sacks between them to make up for the loss production of Bennett/Long

HAC
HAC
July 24, 2019 4:35 pm

The evolution of the NFL is that pressure needs to be generated in the middle- this is due to the RO offense and the QBs distributing the ball quickly– the DE position while still important is losing its glamour spot a bit- DT is now the important DL position-eagles of course are ahead of the curve there–
roster is looking great– remember goobers whining about the cap in march lol–

Hac
Hac
July 24, 2019 6:07 pm

As stacked as they are each year comes down to injuries, breaks and bounces (remember triple boink)….should be fun with a nice mix of youth and experience…. Phillies in the mix, Eagles a sexy favorite, Sixers have dead eye Ben looking good playing pickup summer ball against me, Paul and my 14 year old nephew, 20,000 true blue Flyers fans think (again) that they are headed in the right direction

Paulman Returns
Paulman Returns
July 25, 2019 11:43 am

A Few Quality Players Released this Week due to Salary Cap Hits/ or Teams deciding to go with younger Players
WR Allen Hurns, LB Mason Foster and DT Mike Daniels can all help some Teams looking for Depth/Contributors and I’m sure these 3 will be working out for other Teams soon, if Healthy..

2 Players I see the Eagles could Trade as Summer Camp develops
RB Wendell Smallwood and TE Richard Rogers as the Eagles have Depth at both Positions and many Teams are in need of some Quality Depth at these 2 Positions..

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Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
July 26, 2019 7:50 am

I’m just ready to get this season underway. This team has the leadership, talent and depth to get to the super bowl and win it! FLY EAGLES FLY!!!

HAV
HAV
July 26, 2019 4:35 pm

Here is hoping that the cowboys break records paying Prescott and Elliott… remember when the eagles were sitting at like 8 before trading up to 2.?… lots on here wanted Elliott… dumb drafting a RB that hi… ow they have to pay him, he’s a pain in the ass, low character guy… I hope he gets like 70 million

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Trader Howie
Trader Howie
July 30, 2019 2:51 pm

why is this site infested with robots?

Vlad the elector
Vlad the elector
July 31, 2019 10:06 pm
Reply to  Trader Howie

Kinda like Baltimore… infested

Paulman Returns
Paulman Returns
July 31, 2019 4:55 pm

Phillies Add OF C Dickerson from the Pirates for Player to be Named Later and Cash for the International Player Pool.. Both the Braves/Nationals made some upgrades with their Bullpens/Relievers

Phillies Reliever David Robertson is out for the Season and will have Surgery, He may also have Tommy John Surgery which may put him out thru most of Next Season making his 2 Year $23 Million Contract among the worst of All-Time in terms of Outings and Performance… He was a stud a few years ago too but it appears his arm and body is breaking down…

HAC
HAC
July 31, 2019 6:49 pm

When a good player gets a tragic injury you can’t call a move bad or worst ever…. that’s the cost of doing business. As a arm chair GM these are the things you never have to contend with.
The phils have done a good job this season, even though it’s frustrating as hell… they had potentially lights out back end of BP and all 4 guys hurt….their heart and leader goes out with an ACL, their frustrating but Past All Star goes out suspended….
remember they stated that it’s not wise to tie money up in long term contracts for pitchers… they avoided it …. they upgraded all over the diamond except that. Still in the playoff chase, making use of low level trades… I will continue to watch

Deserteagle
Deserteagle
July 31, 2019 8:59 pm

Its a perfect blend on both sides of the ball. We’ve increased team speed , opening up the green grass with a true vertical threat and a Qb who can deliver the goods. Balance with a punishing running game, will allow for sustainable drives , which will allow the Dee a much needed blow and take the focus off of 11. Defensive pressure will always increase your ability to get takeaways. The birds thrive on this type of game . They are now finally on both sides of the ball, true to themselves, and personify the city they ball for

HAC
HAC
July 31, 2019 9:57 pm
Reply to  Deserteagle

Hello desert…. the one thing they aren’t going to be, that the stubborn idiots in the fan base want is a pound it 40 times a game team… they will pass to get the lead, they will pass to set up the run, they will spread the field horizontally to open short passes to control the clock… could be so much fun to watch.

Deserteagle
Deserteagle
August 1, 2019 10:18 am
Reply to  HAC

Hac, Paul , ehl good morning I think you would all agree we have been given A does of “feel good” tonic, about this years squad. We will be enabled to play with the best, compete with the best, and best of all , our songs and others divisive comments will be on the scrap heap. Homage, to chip and defense run by idiots , QBs who had their resumes elsewhere. We are all Green , lean and mean . I’ve been waiting for this for years.

Paulman Returns
Paulman Returns
August 1, 2019 3:32 pm
Reply to  Deserteagle

The Best and Deepest Roster we’ve probably ever seen as Eagles Fans.. There really are No Weak Spots across all Position Groups barring any major Injuries.. I really expect the Eagles to have a Special Season this Year and get lots of contributions from many of their Players
A Few Players who reportedly are looking real good in Camp so far are
1) LB Alex Singleton, who they signed from the Canadian Football League who I believe is 2 Time All-Star and was the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year for the CFL playing for the Champions of the CFL
2) DE Joe Ostman _ Undrafted from Central Michigan
3) Guard – Matt Pryor – Year 2 has reportedly looked real sharp and is another Big OL
4) DT Hassan Ridgeway – Acquired from the Indy Colts for a 7th Round Pick and still only 24 Years Old and appears to be flourishing in Defensive Coordinators Schwartz attack, up the field Scheme..
5) DE Josh Sweat – Added 20 Lbs of Muscle while maintaining his burst of the edge and is finally Healthy after battling Injuries the last 2 Years
6) Rookies OL Dillard, RB M Sanders and WR JJ Whiteside has all made nice Strides per all reports in terms of learning the playbook,working hard, fitting in with the Team Culture and being prepared for their Opportunities

There are 3 CB’s out who are epxted to play alot for the Eagles in J Mills, R Darby and C Leblanc which now means other Players are getting that many more Reps so far lie R Douglas, S Jones, A Maddox, Newly Signed O Scandrick so there will be some good Battles all Summer in the Secondary

Exciting Times for Eagles Fans as they have a Nice Mix of Veterans and Youth and well Coached and Managed Team..

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