Projecting Philadelphia Eagles' Final 53-Man Roster

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Projecting Philadelphia Eagles' Final 53-Man Roster
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With the fourth and final preseason game officially complete, the Philadelphia Eagles have about a day-and-a-half to make their final decisions on the team's 53-man roster.

The major battles have already been decided, but a number of the under-the-radar positions could go either way in the eyes of new head coach Chip Kelly and his staff.

Below I attempt to predict the 53 players on the roster, plus the eight on the practice squad. Here they are by positions. 

 

Quarterback: Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley (3)

These three are easy choices. Vick is the starter, Foles won't be traded, and Barkley is potentially the quarterback of the future. 

 

Running Back: LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk (3)

McCoy could potentially turn in his best season, while Brown needs to cut down on his fumbling if he wants to hold off Polk as the backup.

 

Wide Receiver: DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Russell Shepard (5)

A slightly disappointing preseason won't be enough to keep Shepard off the team, as his versatility has intrigued Kelly. Oregon receiver Jeff Maehl may have had a chance if he spent all of the preseason with the Eagles. Greg Salas is my 54th player but misses out because Harbor can play both receiver and tight end. 

 

Tight Ends: Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey, Clay Harbor (4)

If the Eagles were going to trade Clay Harbor, I think they would have done it by now. 

 

Offensive Linemen: Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, Lane Johnson, Dennis Kelly, Allen Barbre, Danny Watkins, Julian Vandervelde, Michael Bamiro (10)

Kelly and Barbre seem like near-locks to make the team. Watkins is the only true guard, so the first-round bust will get a chance for his third season in the NFL. Vandervelde beats out Dallas Reynolds as the backup center, and Bamiro makes the team because the Eagles don't want to lose him by placing him on the practice squad. 

 

Defensive Linemen: Fletcher Cox, Isaac Sopoaga, Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan, Damion Square, Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers (7)

Damion Square earned a roster spot with a solid preseason, and the undrafted free agent will push for legitimate playing time. Geathers was specifically brought in by Kelly. Veteran Antonio Dixon will likely see his NFL career end, while neither seventh-round draft pick (Joe Kruger and David King) impressed enough to earn a spot on the roster.

 

Linebackers: Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans, Brandon Graham, Jake Knott, Emmanuel Acho, Chris McCoy (8)

A dominating performance by Chris McCoy in the final preseason game (despite a dropped would-be interception touchdown) earns him the last linebacker spot. Acho reunites with defensive coordinator Billy Davis. The Casey Matthews era (and Jamar Chaney, who was cut last week) finally ends.

 

Cornerbacks: Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Brandon Hughes, Jordan Poyer (5)

The Eagles are really thin at cornerback. A broken hand will end the short and disappointing career of Curtis Marsh, but it won't for Brandon Hughes, who makes the team despite being injured. The Eagles will look to improve by adding a cut player from another team. Cornerback is their weakest position. 

 

Safeties: Patrick Chung, Nate Allen, Earl Wolff, Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson (5)

Following the disappointing Kenny Phillips era, Kurt Coleman will enter his fourth year on the Eagles, which is impressive when you remember that he was a seventh-round draft pick. Allen should be starting over Wolff, but that could (and probably will) change in midseason. I also wouldn't be surprised to see the Eagles add a player from another team here. They're desperate. 

 

Special Teams: Alex Henery, Donnie Jones, Jon Dorenbos (3)

No drama here. 

 

Practice squad: Dennis Dixon, Matthew Tucker, Ifeanyi Momah, Jeff Maehl, Joe Kruger, Player from another team (LB), Player from other team (CB), Player from another team (S)

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