With season ending injuries to Stewart Bradley & Omar Gaither, in addition to knicks picked up by Akeen Jordan and Chris Gocong. The Eagles Linebacker corps was a revolving door, even with the additions of Will Witherspoon via trade and Jeremiah Trotter from retirement. This year the corps is back to full health and these are the players I see making the roster:
Starter MIKE: Stewart Bradley
After a fantastic 2008 season he was struck down with a season ending torn ACL on the Eagles flight night. He proved irreplaceable. He is expected to call the shots and lead the Eagles new defense in the smash mouth NFC East. Bar another injury he is a lock for the roster.
Starter WILL: Ernie Sims
The former first round pick was picked up in a 3 team trade involving the Broncos, Eagles and Lions this off-season. Known as "the shark" to the coaches he looks to provide an upgrade over the departed Will Witherspoon. He will make the roster.
Starter SAM: Akeem Jordan
The undrafted free agent regained his starting spot this off-season and doesn't look like relinquishing it again. He will have no problem making the roster this season.
Back-up: Omar Gaither (MIKE, WILL & SAM)
With experience starting at all 3 positions he will be the go to guy for the Eagles if there is an injury. Will make the roster due to his experience and ability to play at all 3 positions.
Back-up: Moise Fokou (SAM)
Started 4 games last season and recently lost the starting job to Akeem Jordan and has seen snaps at defensive end in practise. However I still see him making the roster as a back-up SAM linebacker.
Back-up: Tracey White (WILL)
He was resigned to the roster for his special teams prowess. He will likely not see many snaps on defense, but will make the team purely for his work on special teams.
Third String: Keenan Clayton (WILL)
Another project player for the Eagles defense. The 4th round pick hasn't seen much action so far, but is more than likely beng groomed for the 2011 season. He will make the roster for this reason.
Cut: No Linebackers on the roster will be cut, however Jamar Chaney will find a spot on the practise squad.
Linebackers to make the roster: 7