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Predicting the Philadelphia Eagles 53-Man Roster

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Mike Hrynyshyn
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, the Philadelphia Eagles have a Super Bowl caliber roster- provided Carson Wentz stays healthy. That caveat has been present ever since #11 suited up in midnight green for the first time in 2016. The difference now is that Nick Foles is no longer there to bail the team out if Wentz goes down. Eagles fans such as myself are holding our collective breath and hoping he can play a full 16 games this coming year. However, the NFL is not a league where 1 player is the entire team. Wentz may be good, but he’s not LeBron and this isn’t the NBA. You need a great 53-man roster in order to compete. Today, we project the 53 man roster that Philly will go into week 1 with.

Quarterback

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz, Josh McCown, Nate Sudfeld

This one is pretty straight forward. Wentz is the franchise QB. McCown was just brought out of retirement following the injury to backup Nate Sudfeld. Sudfeld is the wild card in this situation. His injury may force him to injured reserve and free up a roster spot for the Eagles. Philly seems sold on his talent as a backup to Wentz. They may not be willing to cut him. Kessler never stood much of a chance and was brought in as more of a camp body than anything else.  Thorson is a likely practice squad addition merely because I don’t see the Eagles keeping 4 QBs on the roster.

Running Back

Jordan Howard

Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles, Corey Clement

The more interesting aspect of this group is the fact that Adams and Smallwood are by no means bad players. This just happens to be a position where the Eagles carry far too much depth for everyone to be necessary to Philly. Expect them to be scooped up shortly after cutdown day. Pumphrey has done next to nothing since being drafted 3 years ago and Scott is a potential practice squad player.

Wide Receiver

Alshon Jeffery

DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Mack Hollins, Greg Ward

Michel is likely a practice squad candidate. Hollins gets the nod as he has been solid on special teams for a couple years now. The rest of this position battle is not very interesting.

Tight End

Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers

Ertz and Goedert are obvious locks. Rodgers, the veteran blocking specialist gets the nod over the pack based off veteran experience.

Offensive Line

Jason Peters

Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Andre Dillard, Jordan Mailata, Stefan Wisniewski

The first 8 spots on this OL are pretty set in stone. The first 5 are the starters, Big V and Mailata are projects that the front office has a lot of faith in (Vaitai being more proven) and Dillard was just taken in round 1. The last spot ones down to 2018 later round draft pick Matt Pryor or veteran Stefan Wisniewski. Cutting Wisniewski would save the team more money, but Pryor has been ineffective this preseason.

Defensive End

Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, Shareef Miller, Josh Sweat

Kasim Edebali, Daeshon Hall, Eli Harold

Graham and Barnett are the clear cut starters. Curry has been a reliable rotation player over the years. Miller and Sweat are young projects. Hall hasn’t showed the promise he showed at Texas A&M and even I have had to throw in the towel on former first round grade Eli Harold.

Defensive Tackle

Fletcher Cox

Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson Tim Jernigan, Trayvon Hester, Hassan Ridgeway

Cox, Jackson, and Jernigan are terrifying trio for the NFL’s interior offensive line to have to block. Hester and Ridgeway are solid depth options, although Ridgeway entered the league with far more promise than he has shown thus far. If there was ever a system in which he could develop, this is the one.

Linebacker

Nigel Bradham

Nigel Bradham, Zach Brown, Nathan Gerry, TJ Edwards, Alex Singleton

The top 3 are obvious. The next two spots are tricky. KGH has been on the team for a couple years now, but as I mentioned in my initial mock draft several months back justifying the team selecting a linebacker “even I’m not sure who Kamu Grugier-Hill is”. He’s not been anything to write home about. I’d be more intrigued with UDFA TJ Edwards and former CFL star Alex Singleton.

Cornerback

Ronald Darby

Ronald Darby, Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones IV, Avonte Maddox, Cre’von LeBlanc

LeBlanc opens up the season likely on the IR and Jalen Mills will begin the season on the PUP list (freeing up a roster spot). The corner spot is still shaky for the Eagles, however if Jones and Douglas can finally take the next step and Maddox continues his growth, it may not be a sore spot come midseason.

Safety

Malcolm Jenkins

Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Andrew Sendejo, Jonathan Cyprien

Jenkins and McLeod are up there in the ranks of safety duos in the league. Sendejo and Cyprien are amazing depth pieces at the position.

Special Teams

Jake Elliott

K Jake Elliott, P Cameron Johnston, LS Rovato

The three specialists from last year return.

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