The Numbers Just Don't Add Up: Philadelphia Eagles' Roster Questions

Haran KnightCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 3: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during the game against the New York Jets on September 3, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Four quarterbacks??

Seven wide receivers??

Two tight ends??

That means there’s a surplus at two of the listed positions and a shortage at another.

There’s no way I’m buying that this will be the final roster.

If this last beyond Tuesday, I’ll be in shock.

Trades are still out there to be made. Players who didn’t make their preseason team’s cut could very well be the Eagle’s treasures. 

Let’s look closer at these positions...


One thing that stands out at QB is the Eagles can’t afford to keep Michael Vick “exempt”.

In order for him to continue his progress, he needs to keep practicing. There were rumors of A.J. Feely being traded to New England for one of their tight ends (one of which was released at the deadline). I think the reason that never came to fruition is because Feely is not going to be the signal caller that gets traded. I believe Andy Reid is promoting Kevin Kolb as the No. 2 QB for trade value.

Wide Receiver

Let’s be realistic.

The only reason Hank Baskett and Reggie Brown are still on the team is for trading purposes.

If the Eagles truly value either one, Brandon Gibson wouldn’t have made the cut regardless of how well he played. Remember, this is the team that used only four receivers down the stretch last season because it disrupted their rhythm trying to incorporate all six.

If that is the case, why would they keep seven this season?

Tight End

Not only is Cornelius Ingram out for the season but Brent Celek banged his shoulder up pretty good a few weeks ago. He may be able to play, but you never know if that injury will be re-aggravated. Therefore, quality depth is essential here.

Overall, I don’t consider this the Philadelphia Eagles final roster.

I’m predicting there will be some moves made before the middle of the week, primarily a QB move that’ll open a spot for Vick to be place on the active roster.