The Philadelphia Eagles have 90 players on the active roster, a number Chip Kelly will have to trim to 53 by the start of the regular season.
Kelly has announced an open competition among his quarterbacks, but injuries to Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn have all but opened the doors at the wide receiver position as well. Uncertainty in the new 3-4 defense means a slew of players will be competing for spots in the front seven, and the secondary could have four new free-agent starters.
For some of the players, their only ticket onto the roster will be fine play on special teams, whether it’s racking up tackles or returning punts and kicks. It’s way too early to think a veteran like Michael Vick or Kenny Phillips could get cut, but the following players are right on the bubble for now.
The future doesn’t look bright for Matthew Tucker. He’s buried on the depth chart, and it’s highly unlikely he passes either Chris Polk or Felix Jones. His best bet is that Jones is a surprise veteran cut, and Tucker can steal a spot due to fine special teams play.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense for G.J. Kinne to still be on the roster. Chip Kelly will want to see all the snaps he can from Michael Vick and Nick Foles (and Matt Barkley), and giving snaps to Kinne probably won’t be in the game plan.
Even if Kelly does go to his fourth quarterback, that’s Dennis Dixon.
The Philadelphia Eagles are currently the only team with five quarterbacks, so that doesn’t look bright for the future of Kinne.
There are a lot of tight ends on the Philadelphia Eagles roster right now. Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, and James Casey aren’t going anywhere.
Clay Harbor is a fourth-year pro and he’s spent the last three seasons as the backup to Celek. Chip Kelly has been a big fan of tight ends, and he may elect to keep Harbor on the roster.
Derek Carrier has a chance to win a spot on the practice squad if he performs well as the fifth tight end. Seeing as Shaw is sixth on the depth chart, he is a prime candidate to be released soon.
Wide receiver will be an interesting position for the Philadelphia Eagles this year. At this point, it’s likely that DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson, Russell Shepard, and Ifeanyi Momah all make the roster.
Nick Miller is extremely fast, but the Eagles have that in Jackson, Johnson, and Shepard. Miller is not listed as one of the two kick or punt returners, and he has already been cut (and re-signed) once this summer.
The five starting spots on the offensive line appear to be set in stone. Dennis Kelly, Dallas Reynolds, and Danny Watkins will likely be the backups, given the experience they have as starters.
Allen Barbre can play tackle and guard, and he took snaps with the first team today. Nic Purcell is buried on the depth chart, and by buried, he’s one of just two offensive linemen listed on the fourth team.
The other is Nate Menkin, but he spent last year already on the training camp roster, which may give him the edge.
Andy Reid spent a third-round pick on Curtis Marsh in 2011, hoping to turn the former running back into a successful NFL cornerback.
It hasn’t worked.
In two seasons, Marsh has appeared in just 75 snaps. He’s buried on the depth chart behind Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, and Jordan Poyer. At best, Marsh has a shot to beat out Brandon Hughes and Trevard Lindley for one of the final spots, but it doesn’t appear too promising.
Curtis Marsh, in particular, looked lost. He just doesn't have the necessary speed to play outside.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 7, 2013