After a spring of OTAs, summer of training camp practices, and four preseason contests, the Philadelphia Eagles officially narrowed their roster down to the league-mandated 53 players. There were definitely some surprises—just three running backs made it, and Alex Henery actually got his release. The Eagles added eight players to their practice squad as well, with a high percentage of those being Chip Kelly’s former Oregon Ducks.
Six of the seven players selected from this year’s NFL draft made the Eagles’ roster, with fifth-round rookie Ed Reynolds as the lone cut (although he still made the practice squad). For now, it appears as if the Eagles will go with just three players at the running back position, which seems unusually low, especially considering Chris Polk’s Grade 2 hamstring injury.
The defense has a solid rotation on the line, although the depth at the inside linebacker position may be lacking. On the special teams side, the big story of 2014 will be how undrafted rookie kicker Cody Parkey can hold down the position; it’s extremely rare for a serious playoff-caliber team to go with such an inexperienced player at kicker.
Here’s an evaluation of the 53 players the Eagles chose to keep. These 53 are in no way set in stone; in fact, Kelly will probably sign at least one player released from other NFL teams, and that will already change the final 53. Grades are based on strength of the players at that particular position.