Thoughts On The Eagles’ 53-Man Roster

Quarterbacks (3): Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, Josh McCown

No surprises here. Cody Kessler wasn’t remotely worthy of a roster spot, and Clayton Thorson wasn’t either.

You really have to question the use of a fifth-rounder on Thorson. Developmental quarterbacks are a dime a dozen, and in a year where the team is built to win now, that fifth-rounder could have been used for something better.

Running Backs (4): Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Corey Clement, Darren Sproles

Wendell Smallwood finally used up the last of his nine lives, and failed to make the 53-man roster. The other notable cut, Josh Adams, didn’t show nearly enough progress in his two main weaknesses, pass catching and ball security, to seriously warrant a roster spot.

Wide Receivers (5): Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Mack Hollins

Greg Ward was the tough cut here. I think he certainly deserved to be on the team, and there were several guys further down the roster that I don’t believe should have made the club over him.

I do think keeping Mack Hollins was justified. People are far too down on Hollins following his injury troubles. Also, I believe he’s a better receiver than people want to give him credit for.

Offensive Line (10): Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Andre Dillard, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Nate Herbig, Matt Pryor, Jordan Mailata

Super Bowl starting left guard Stefen Wisniewski found himself on the outs after a poor summer. Nate Herbig played his way onto the roster, beating out Wis as the second center.

I don’t think Matt Pryor did enough to warrant a spot on the 53. Would have much rather had a proven commodity like Wisniewski in reserve, or used the roster spot to keep a guy like Greg Ward.

Tight Ends (2): Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert

The Eagles won’t stay this thin at the position for long. A third tight end will be added before next weekend’s game, and I believe safety Rudy Ford will be the odd man out to make room.

I was never big on Josh Perkins. He just offered absolutely nothing as a receiver. There are plenty of blocking tight ends available on the streets. Alex Ellis is a guy who I think comes back to the practice squad.

Defensive Ends (6): Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, Daeshon Hall, Josh Sweat, Shareef Miller

Here’s hoping Daeshon Hall’s preseason play carries over to the regular season.

Defensive Tackles (4): Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, Timmy Jernigan, Hassan Ridgeway

The release of Treyvon Hester shows the Eagles are confident Fletcher Cox will be ready to go for Week 1.

Linebackers (6): Nigel Bradham, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Zach Brown, L.J. Fort, Nate Gerry, T.J. Edwards

Nate Gerry is basically the Wendell Smallwood of the linebacking group. I don’t think he was one of the best 53 players in camp, but injuries to Nigel Bradham and KGH made it more important for the Eagles to go heavier at the position than they have in recent years.

Cornerbacks (5): Ronald Darby, Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox, Sidney Jones, Cre’von LeBlanc

I would expect LeBlanc to go to IR, with the team possibly bringing back Orlando Scandrick to provide adequate depth.

Safeties (5): Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Andrew Sendejo, Jonathan Cyprien, Rudy Ford

Ford shouldn’t consider himself safe, as his roster spot would be the first to go if the Eagles need to add to another position.

Specialists (3): Jake Elliot, Rick Lovato, Camerson Johnston

No surprises here

18 thoughts on “Thoughts On The Eagles’ 53-Man Roster

  1. Without hesitation I would be more concerned about the fact that too many starters were bubble wrapped, all pre-season. Live bullets are difficult to replicate, we’ll assume , we trust the process, however, if certain guys are shaking off rust vs ready to roll, a lot more scrutiny will be focused on the organization and its desire to evaluate the bottom of a roster vs fine tuning the starters.

  2. On paper the best roster fans have seen ever…. now the season comes down to: bounce of the ball, injuries, fluke plays etc… it’s the nfl… best team doesn’t always win

  3. A very Strong 53 Man Roster — The LB’s Corp will be Fine when Bradham and KAMU Return and may be a work in Progress the first month of the Season with all the moving parts that they have (Zac Brown/LJ Fort,etc)
    They will add another TE to the Roster here shortly I believe.
    Desert – Many Teams No longer Play their Front Line Starters in the Pre-Season to avoid senseless Injuries..They are getting good Reps 5 Days a Week at Practice , The Rams Offensive Starters for example haven’t played a Snap the last 2 Pre-Season’s and they did pretty well as a group last Year .. We will see the typical first month of sloppy NFL Regular Season Games as Players get back into “Game Condition” and return to form as they play more and many of New Coaches changes and Systems will be more in place around the NFL .. Eagles have a Nice First Month and could off to a 3-1 to Start the if they Play well..

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  5. Horrible Offensive Game Last Night, Both OL’s were dominated by the DL’s of the Packers/Bears, I expect we will see some low scoring, poorly executed Offenses this first Week or Two .. Last Night was like how Pre-Season Games used to be.. Lots of Punts,Penalties, Broken Down PLays, etc,etc .. I hope the NFL does something but we can’t have 2-3 Weeks of the Regular be essentially what Pre-Season Games were like in the past..

  6. Actually fraud man is correct this time (it’s that whole broke clock thing)…the NFL seems bound and determined to milk as much money out of us as possible until the game becomes unwatchable. The talk now is of going 18 games with some mandatory off games or something like that.
    The solution is live scrimmages with red jerseys on QB…. $50 tickets to anyone who wants them. Game situations….. the whole thing. Clock management, special teams etc…. set the time for hour and a half, quick repetitions. As I’ve said they turn gym class into TV programming they can absolutely come up with a live scrimmage format that’s must see…

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