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Chip Kelly has a handful of players on his roster who are considered long-term projects. It’s doubtful any of them make the final 53-man squad, but a strong showing in August could vault one of them onto the team.
Wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah was a camp favorite last year, although he’s buried on the depth chart for now. He is 6’8” and is likely to spend the season on the practice squad unless he can project his size to be a dangerous red-zone threat.
Defensive end Alejandro Villanueva is another long shot. He’s a 6’9”, 277-pound defensive end who would have to stand out as a 5-technique player in the 3-4 scheme. He is behind Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry and Taylor Hart. Damion Square can play both tackle and end.
In addition, Bennie Logan is locked in as the starting nose tackle, and the team drafted Beau Allen in the seventh round. That doesn’t bode well for Villanueva, who is likely to end up on the practice squad as well. If he can show an ability to bat down passes at the line of scrimmage though, and keep getting Kelly's support, it will vastly increase his chances.
Cornerback Curtis Marsh Jr. can’t really be considered a long-term project anymore, seeing as this will be his fourth season in the league. He was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft, but he’s struggled to latch on with the Eagles yet. The former collegiate running back will be fighting with Roc Carmichael to be one of the last cornerbacks on the roster.
The best bet to make the 53-man roster may be quarterback G.J. Kinne, who has impressed this spring. Simultaneously, second-year quarterback Matt Barkley has looked awful. The former fourth-round pick has lacked ideal arm strength, per Philly.com’s Jimmy Kempski, and Kinne has the mobility that Barkley doesn’t have.