53 – Man Roster Projection after Week Four in the Preseason

With this being the week four in the preseason the Eagles have to cut the roster down to 53 men. While a majority of the roster has already been determined the Eagles have a few decisions to make still.

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Quarterbacks: (2)

Carson Wentz – Has had a really good camp so far. Seems to look the cut as the franchise quarterback.

Nick Foles – Foles hasn’t really had much of an offseason with the Eagles due to having a kid and dealing with a shoulder injury. I still expect Foles to be the backup to Wentz for 2017 going forward.

 

Running Backs: (4)

Darren Sproles – Probably the most reliable offensive player this team has had over the last three years. Likely the last year with the Eagles, but I don’t anticipate any drop off from last year.

LeGarrette Blount – Eagles brought in Blount to be the goal line/short down back. That was an area the Eagles struggled at last year. Has been a disappointment thus far in training camp, but Doug Pederson said he’s a “beast runner” this week so he’s a lock.

Wendall Smallwood – Smallwood could end the year being the Eagles lead back. Maybe the most impressive offensive player since the Eagles put on pads in training camp. It’s a big year for him to make his case as the future feature back. Played in his first preseason game tonight and he looked very good. I expect him to lead the Eagles in rushing this year.

Corey Clement – I think he has simply out played Pumphrey to deserve a roster spot. He’s showed good burst and I think he could see some carries in the season if Smallwood goes down.

IR: Pumhrey will not be released, but I have him going on the IR for the season.

 

 

 

Wide Receiver: (6) 

Alshon Jeffery – The Eagles brought in Alshon to be the go to guy for Wentz. If healthy Alshon is a top 15 receiver in the league. Caught a 15 yards touchdown against the Dolphins.

Torrey Smith – Torrey Smith could be an underrated signing this offseason. He’s had a good camp so far. Playing opposite to Alshon, who will likely draw the double team will give Smith single coverage as a deep threat and you saw that on his 50 touchdown against the Dolphins.

Nelson Agholor – Agholor has been the talk of training camp thus far and rightfully so. He’ll likely be the fourth option for Wentz this year.

Mack Hollins – The Eagles love special teams so much they draft a gunner in the fourth round. I don’t expect Hollins to contribute much on offense this year, but he could provide a spark as a deep threat.

Marcus Johnson – The first some what surprise on the roster. Johnson was on the practice squad last year and he’s had a really good camp so far. He has been the third outside receiver all of training camp. I think he’s almost a lock at this point.

Shelton Gibson – It might be a shocker, but I think Gibson makes because of his potential. The Eagles don’t want to cut a fifth round pick and with Gibson’s speed it might be hard to sneak him through waivers onto the practice squad.

 

 

Tight End: (3)

Zach Ertz – Has had a sneaky training camp with the catches he’s made. For Ertz it’s all about staying healthy and playing a full 16 game season.

Trey Burton – Had a breakout season last year with 37 receptions. I think you’ll see Burton everywhere on the field this year. He’ll be the fullback, at tight end, in the slot, and even lined up outside. Eagles brought him back for a reason. Will possibly get a lot of opportunities in the slot this year with Matthews out.

Brent Celek – I think this is the last year you see Celek in midnight green.

 

 

Offensive Tackle: (4)

Jason Peters – I said earlier Darren Sproles was the most reliable offensive player, well you could say the same about Jason Peters.

Lane Johnson – When on the field last year the Eagles were 5-1. A healthy and non suspended Lane Johnson I think the Eagles will have a top 10 offensive line.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai – Vaitai is third tackle on this team and likely the future at one of the tackle positions.

Dillon Gordon – Looks like the Eagles found something out of the undrafted free agent last year. You won’t see much Gordon this year, but I expect him to compete for a job in 2018.

 

 

 

Offensive Guard: (3)

Brandon Brooks – One of the best guards in football. Brooks and Johnson on the right side of the line is one of the best tandems in football.

Isaac Seumalo – The Eagles believe in the third round pick from last year so much they traded Allen Barbre, last year’s starter, before training camp started.

Chance Warmack – It would cost the Eagles $500,000 in dead money to cut Warmack. I don’t think Warmack earned a roster spot, but I think he makes it because of his contract.

 

 

Center: (2)

Jason Kelce – Didn’t think Kelce would make it to training camp as an Eagle, but he is here. I think this is his last chance and I don’t expect him to be the starter at the end of the year.

Stefen Wisniewski – Wisniewski is a great depth guy. He has the ability to play guard as well, that’s why the Eagles brought him back.

 

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Defensive End: (5) 

Brandon Graham – One of the best defensive ends against the run and putting pressure on the quarterback.

Vinny Curry – Needs to live up to the contract the Eagles gave him last offseason or he will likely be cut in 2018. Had a really good game against the Dolphins.

Derek Barnett – Don’t think he will be the week one starter, but he will you will see a lot of him on Sundays. Has had a solid three preseason games. He’s going to be really, really good.

Chris Long – Eagles brought in one of the best locker room guys on the market and he comes with a super bowl ring.

Steven Means – Had a good game against the Dolphins. The Eagles gave Means an extension which locks up his spot on the roster.

 

 

Defensive Tackle: (4)

Fletcher Cox – Got that big deal last year, needs to step up and continue to dominate the line.

Tim Jernigan – Eagles let Bennie Logan walk this offseason and traded for Jernigan. Tim is on a contract year.

Destiny Vaeao – Another undrafted free agent last year. Had two sacks last year for the Eagles. He’s the third defensive tackle on the roster.

Beau Allen – I think Allen could be traded, but if he isn’t he’ll be on the team.

 

 

Linebacker: (6)

Jordan Hicks –  Hicks is the anchor of the defense.

Nigel Bradham – Started the season off strong last year, but tailed off at the end. It’s a contract year for Bradham who might be dealing with a suspension.

Mychal Kendricks – Has been arguably the best defensive player on the roster through the first three preseason games.

Najee Goode – Goode has been around for awhile. Was cut last year, but then the Eagles brought him back. I think he’ll see the field a lot this year. Made a good tackle on the first defensive play and the later missed a tackle that lead to a big rush against the Dolphins.

Joe Walker – Seventh round pick last year. Had a really good preseason last year before tearing his ACL. I think he could battle to see the field over Goode. All depends on his coverage ability.

Kamu Grugier-Hill – You won’t see him much on defense, he’s more of a special teams player.

 

Disclaimer: 

Mychal Kendricks has played really well this preseason. He’s had an interception in every game that he’s played so far including his pick-six against the Dolphins. I think Kendricks could be traded sometime in the next ten days.

Nate Gerry I have possibly sneaking on the IR after his hamstring injury. I think it would be good to get Gerry on the practice squad this year.

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 17: Ronald Darby #35 of the Philadelphia Eagles intercepts a pass intended for Anquan Boldin #81 of the Buffalo Bills in the first quarter of the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 17, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Cornerback: (6) 

Ronald Darby – The Eagles traded for Darby and he has been nothing, but solid for then Eagles. He got burnt twice against the Dolphins.

Jalen Mills – Seventh round pick last year. He showed strides last year at times. I think he leads the Eagles in interceptions this year over Darby.

Patrick Robinson – Since moving him into the slot he’s looked “servicable”.

Rasul Douglas – The Eagles used a third round pick this year on Douglas. He lead the NCAA in interceptions at West Virginia with eight. Douglas has looked liked a rookie for most of camp with some bright spots. Don’t think he’s ready to start yet.

CJ Smith – Smith was a surprise early in training camp, and he was my projected outside starter until the Darby trade occurred now I think Smith is fighting for a spot on the roster.

Dexter McDougal – Eagles traded for McDougal over the weekend and they traded a guy that would’ve made the team in Terrence Brooks. McDougal will be the second nickel on the team it seems.

 

 

Safety: (5)

Malcolm Jenkins – Jenkins is one of the best safeties in the league.

Rodney McLeod – Hopefully Jenkins can stay at safety this year and not be moved to the slot because McLeod and Jenkins is one of the best safety duos in the league.

Corey Graham – The Eagles gave Graham over a million in guaranteed money, meaning he will be on the team. He’s the third safety on the roster after the Brooks trade.

Jaylen Watkins – After the Terrence Brooks trade that basically means Watkins will make the team. He struggled last year, but has the ability to play both safety and cornerback.

Chris Maragos – One of the best special team players in the league.

 

Kicker: (1)

Caleb Sturgis – Only kicker in camp.

 

Punter: (1)

Donnie Jones – Donnie “Long Ball” lives to see another season.

 

Long Snapper: (1)

Rick Lovato – It’s a new era for the Eagles at long snapper after trading Jon Dorenbos.

Just missed the cut;  Alex McCalister, Aaron Grymes, Don Cherry, Tyler Orlosky, Nate Gherry, Corey Clement, Billy Brown, Bryce Treggs, Greg Ward, Dallas Thomas, Game Wright, Darrell Greene, Taylor Hart, Byron Marshall, and Tre Sullivan.

Practice Squad Candidates; Billy Brown, Alex McCalister, Tyler Orlosky, Nate Gerry, Corey Clement, Tre Sullivan, Greg Ward JR, Elijah Qualls, Dane Evans, and Jamal Wiltz.

Trade Chips; Bryce Treggs, Mychal Kendrick, Beau Allen, Dallas Thomas, Byron Marshal, Jason Kelce, Don Cherry, Gabe Wright, Jaylen Watkins, and Taylor Hart.

Sean Brennan

Currently a freshman at Penn State. Broadcast Journalism Major. Processor enthusiast, Carson Wentz is my dad.

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