The Philadelphia Eagles have completed yet another successful summer up at Lehigh for training camp, and are preparing for their annual "dress rehearsal" Monday night as they take on the New England Patriots in the second week of preseason. We are starting to get a good feel of who has secured a roster spot, who is right on the cusp of making the team and who is right on the chopping block.
On August 28th, every NFL team has to whittle down their roster to 80 players. Then on August 31st, after the final preseason game, every team has to set their roster down to the final 53. Those dates are coming up fast and every player that is on the border of making that final 53-man roster needs every rep in every practice to go their way.
There is very little time left to impress the coaching staff. The next two preseason games will be huge for every non-starter, and a few starters, to improve their stocks heading into the roster cut-downs.
Every year during the final cuts, the Eagles always give us a few surprises. Last summer, the Eagles cut Joselio Hanson (only to bring him right back) and Derek Landri. This year, there is sure to be a couple surprising cuts or non-cuts that leaves Eagles fans scratching their heads. Here is a projection of what the final 53-man roster could look like on August 31st.