Projecting Philadelphia Eagles’ 53-Man Roster
Projecting Philadelphia Eagles 53 man roster
The Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly will have the challenge of cutting down to 53 next Saturday. The key in building this roster is building off of last season's disaster and starting a new.
General Manager Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly have worked in tandem well so far in trying to build this roster back up and make Eagles fans forget the debacle of last season. Frankly, it is going to take two or three offseasons of drafts and free-agency periods for Coach Kelly to draft and acquire the players he wants that fit his schemes especially on defense.
The offense, however, already looks impressive. If the Quarterback can execute and make the right reads it looks like the type of offensive unit that can move up and down the football at will which was Coach Kelly's trademark at Oregon.
Even though the Quarterback battle has been decided their are something other interesting battles going on especially in the secondary with spots up for grabs. Competition will hopefully bring out the best in these players which looks to be a sore spot on the team.
Eagles fans must exhibit some patience this isn't a one-year project for Kelly. It will take some time. Once Kelly gets the type of players he wants in midnight green and couples a good defense with an already dynamic offense this team could be the makes of something special. Roseman and VP of Personnel Tom Gamble are the perfect men to help Kelly assemble the roster he ultimately desires.
Let's take a look at the projected 53-man roster.
Michael Vick recently won the Quarterback battle. The Eagles look to keep three on the roster. Look for the Eagles Quarterbacks to be Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley in that order with Dennis Dixon the odd man out.
The running game looks like the strength of the Eagles. They had so much depth there they recently traded Felix Jones. Look for the Eagles to keep three running backs with LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk being locks. Matthew Tucker could be stashed on the practice squad.
The Eagles could go five or six wide receivers. My guess is five here being DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson and Greg Salas. Russell Shepard could sneak onto the roster but more than likely is a practice squad candidate.
I believe the Eagles will keep three tight ends in Zach Ertz, James Casey and Brent Celek. It is possible they trade Clay Harbor to a tight end needy team as this is a position the Eagles are loaded at.
The Eagles will keep nine along the offensive line. Starters Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson. The reserves will be Allan Barbre, Dennis Kelly, Julian Vandervelde and Danny Watkins. This has the makings of a strong group.
The defensive line looks like the strength of the defense. I have Fletcher Cox, Isaac Sopoaga and Cedric Thornton as the projected starters. Bennie Logan, Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers and Damion Square catching on as reserves.
Trent Cole an Connor Barwin are the Eagles projected starting outside linebackers. With Demeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks starting on the inside. The top reserves are Brandon Graham and Chris McCoy on the outside and I have Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews making it as backups at inside linebacker.
The secondary spots are up for grabs in the Eagles back end and are the trickiest to project on the roster. I have Patrick Chung and Nate Allen as the projected starters. With Colt Anderson, Kurt Coleman and Earl Wolff as reserves as the Eagles keep five safeties. At the corner position, I have Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams and Brandon Boykin as the projected starters. Brandon Hughes and Jordan Poyer are the top reserves.