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May 30, 2016

Eagles 53-man roster projection

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Obligatory three-QB shot.

Is it way too early for a 53-man roster projection? Yes. Yes, it is. However, in an effort to enjoy my Memorial Day weekend, I needed a topic I could post about whenever (that's called evergreen journalism, for those of you in school), so I wrote this last Thursday. And you know what? You'll read it and like it!

Quarterback (3)

Obviously, the Eagles' three quarterbacks will be Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, and Carson Wentz, and probably in that order. The Eagles will (smartly) take their time with Wentz, who may not even be active on gameday.

 QB1QB2 QB3 
 Sam BradfordChase Daniel Carson Wentz 

Running back (4)

The Eagles are kind of a mess here. Ryan Mathews has not been able to stay healthy throughout his career, Darren Sproles is not a traditional running back who can carry the load if Mathews goes down, Wendell Smallwood has a long way to go with pass protection before he can get a heavy workload, and Kenjon Barner is inconsistent. There's a decent chance the Eagles will add a stable veteran to the mix before the season begins.

RB1 RB2 RB3 RB4 
 Ryan MathewsDarren Sproles Wendell Smallwood  Kenjon Barner

Wide receiver (5)

I think Josh Huff takes a tumble on the depth chart, but survives cuts.

WR1 WR2 WR3 WR4 WR5 
 Jordan MatthewsNelson Agholor Rueben Randle Chris Givens Josh Huff 

Tight end (3)

This one is easy. I'll note that Trey Burton could also get work as a fullback.

TE1 TE2 TE3 
 Zach ErtzBrent Celek Trey Burton 

Offensive line (10)

The offensive line is the toughest call on the team at this point. Allen Barbre could start... or he could get cut, and everything in between. Isaac Seumalo and Stefen Wisniewski feel like locks among the reserves, with Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Dennis Kelly not far behind. We'll stick Darrell Greene in there as well, since he was the highest paid undrafted free agent in the NFL.

 Jason PetersAllen Barbre Jason Kelce Brandon Brooks Lane Johnson 
 Dennis KellyDarrell GreeneStefen Wisniewski Isaac Seumalo Halapoulivaati Vaitai 

Defensive line (9)

Don't pay much attention to Brandon Graham not being listed here as a starter. Graham, Vinny Curry, and Connor Barwin should see a healthy rotation of snaps. This is the last chance for Marcus Smith. The Eagles redshirt Alex McCalister in this scenario.

 Vinny CurryFletcher Cox Bennie Logan Connor Barwin 
 Marcus Smith Mike MartinTaylor Hart Brandon Graham 
   Bryan Braman 

Linebacker (6)

The Eagles' starters at linebacker are set, but they severely lack depth. 

 Nigel Bradham Jordan Hicks Mychal Kendricks 
 Myke TavarresJoe Walker Najee Goode 

Cornerback (6)

To begin, I think the starting job opposite Eric Rowe is Leodis McKelvin's to lose. I also believe Jim Schwartz imported Ron Brooks for a reason. I like his chances of being the primary slot corner better than JaCorey Shepard's. Nolan Carroll will resume his 2014 role as the dime LB while Jalen Mills and Jaylen Watkins (a Howie fave) give the Eagles cornerback/safety versatility. 

CB1 CB2 Slot 
Eric Rowe Leodis McKelvin Ron Brooks 
 Nolan CarrollJaylen Watkins Jalen Mills 

Safety (4)

The starters are set with Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, who Jim Schwartz thinks could be among the best safety tandems in the NFL. The Eagles will also keep Blake Countess, who like Jalen Mills above has cornerback/safety versatility, and special teams stud Chris Maragos.

S1 S2 
 Malcolm JenkinsRodney McLeod 
 Chris MaragosBlake Countess 

Specialists (3)

Cody Parkey beats out Power Sturge, Donnie J'owns already dispatched of that Quigley dude, and Jonny Magic survives another UDFA.

Cody Parkey Donnie J'owns Jon Dorenbos 

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