5 Veterans Who Won’t Make The Philadelphia Eagles’ 53-Man Roster

Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Veterans Who Won't Make The 53-Man Roster

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The Philadelphia Eagles are fresh off a bounce back year in 2013 and will look to remain atop the NFC East. With an improved pass defense and an offense which put up phenomenal numbers just one year ago, Head coach Chip Kelly and Co. have some difficult decisions ahead of them. Here are 5 veterans who won't make Philadelphia's 53-man roster.

5. WR Damaris Johnson

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5. WR Damaris Johnson

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With rookie receivers Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff now on the roster, WR Damaris Johnson may not have a secure spot on Philadelphia's 53-man squad. Outside of being a decent punt returner, Johnson offers little to no upside as a receiver and may see his days numbered if he cannot show the coaching staff that he may have some special skills deep down. Not to mention that both Matthews and Huff can be dynamic returners.

4. WR Brad Smith

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4. WR Brad Smith

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Similar to Johnson, Smith really does not offer much outside of being a good return man, but he also brings the ability to be a wildcat QB in certain packages. That being said, Smith's roster spot may not be secure with new TE/H-back Trey Burton in town, who also possesses a similar package as Smith as he can step in and play some QB and wildcat QB. Smith needs to show ability as a receiver to make the 53-man squad.

3. CB Bradley Fletcher

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3. CB Bradley Fletcher

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Philadelphia's pass defense really struggled last season with Fletcher manning the No. 1 corner spot. With CB Brandon Boykin growing into his own along with former Dolphin CB Nolan Carroll, CB Cary Williams and rookie slot CB Jaylen Watkins, Fletcher's roster spot is expendable and should be used on a cheaper developmental talent.

2. OLB Casey Matthews

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2. OLB Casey Matthews

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Unfortunately for the Philadelphia Eagles, OLB Casey Matthews is not as good nor as athletic as his older brother Clay. Matthews has really struggled to make an impact as an outside backer for Philadelphia and will likely be let go this season for a much cheaper developmental option. With a plethora of outside backers to choose from, Matthews seems to be the odd man out at this point.

1. TE James Casey

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1. TE James Casey

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TE James Casey was one of the more under-the-radar signings during the 2013 offseason that I thought would pay huge dividends. Man was I wrong or what? Casey served as the true H-back in Chip Kelly's offense and was really underutilized. With TE Trey Burton with the team, I can see the Eagles dumping Casey's salary for a carbon copy in Burton who has more athleticism and potential than the aging veteran Casey.


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