2012 Philadelphia Eagles Preview: Predicting the Official 53-Man Roster

By Bryn Swartz

This is my second attempt at projecting the 53-man roster for the Philadelphia Eagles. There’s only eight days remaining until the Eagles have to trim down their roster, so this will be my final projection before I submit my actual prediction.

The players are listed as ‘on’ if they made the team and ‘off’ if they missed the team. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Obviously I also have them ranked in order for the players on the team, as well as the players who did not make the team.

On: Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Mike Kafka
Off: Trent Edwards

Running Backs:
On: LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk
Off: Stanley Havili, Emil Igwenagu

Wide Receivers:
On: DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Marvin McNutt
Off: Mardy Gilyard, Chad Hall, Elvis Akpla, Jamel Hamler, Tiger Jones, McKay Jacobson, Brian Hernandez

Tight Ends:
On: Brent Celek, Clay Harbor
Off: Brett Brackett, Chase Ford

Offensive Tackles:
On: Demetress Bell, Todd Herremans, King Dunlap, Dennis Kelly
Off: Thomas Welch, DJ Jones

On: Evan Mathis, Danny Watkins, Brandon Washington
Off: Mike Gibson, Alfred McCullough

On: Jason Kelce, Julian Vandervelde
Off: Dallas Reynolds, Steve Vallos

Defensive Tackles:
On: Cullen Jenkins, Derek Landri, Fletcher Cox, Antonio Dixon, Cedric Thornton
Off: Ollie Ogbu, Frank Trotter

Defensive Ends:
On: Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Phillip Hunt, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry
Off: Darryl Tapp, Monte Taylor, Xavier Brown

On: DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Brian Rolle, Jamar Chaney, Casey Matthews, Akeem Jordan
Off: Keenan Clayton, Monte Simmons, Ryan Rau

On: Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Brandon Boykin, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes
Off: Joselio Hanson, Trevard Lindley, Kevin Thomas, Cliff Harris

On: Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Oshiomogho Atogwe, Jaiquawn Jarrett
Off: Phillip Thomas, Tom Nelson, Wade Bonner

Special Teams:
K: Alex Henery
P: Mat McBriar
LS: Jon Dorenbos
Off: Chas Henry

PUP: Colt Anderson
IR: Jason Peters, Ron Johnson, Mike Patterson

I did not have a lot of changes to my second depth chart.

I had Nick Foles as the backup quarterback, which prevents the Eagles from trading for Colt McCoy, and I have Mike Kafka as the third QB.

I have veteran Joselio Hanson losing the nickel cornerback job to rookie Brandon Boykin, which causes Hanson to be expendable. When he is cut, the Eagles will make Brandon Hughes the fifth cornerback.

I have no other changes, other than Phillip Hunt as the third defensive end instead of Vinny Curry, who drops to fifth. I also added Mike Patterson to the injured reserve list. I do not think he will play this season. In fact, I’m not sure he’ll ever again play for the Eagles, given the depth the Eagles have on the defensive line.

My overall roster count has 52 players. I think the Eagles will add their 53rd player when final roster cuts are made by grabbing someone from another team’s reject list. I’m not sure of the position the new player will be, but he could go anywhere.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.

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