The Philadelphia Eagles made their first player transaction since May on Tuesday, announcing the release of interior linebacker Jason Phillips, which later made way for the addition of running back Kenjon Barner, per PhiladelphiaEagle.com. Of course, Phillips is just the first of many to go—and one of the easier choices at that. Balmer is likely to follow, eventually.
As the Eagles move down from the current 90-man roster to 75 and eventually 53, they’ll face far more difficult decisions than those along the way. There are plenty of athletes deserving of roster spots, they just won’t all make it here.
While two preseason games still remain, the coming moves are starting to take shape before our very eyes. You can tell who’s on the bubble, whom the team genuinely likes and wants to keep and who isn’t really a part of the plan. That doesn’t mean it will work out how we think it should, either, because every spot is important and the competitions are so tight.
That’s never stopped us from guessing, either. Ahead, we take a look at nine of those so-called bubble players who for one reason or another will be difficult to release, and based on their performances at training camp and in exhibition games, we attempt to predict the survivors.
Remember, there is still time left for these players to change their future—but not much.