May 30, 2016
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!
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.
|Sam Bradford||Chase Daniel||Carson Wentz|
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.
|Ryan Mathews||Darren Sproles||Wendell Smallwood||Kenjon Barner|
I think Josh Huff takes a tumble on the depth chart, but survives cuts.
|Jordan Matthews||Nelson Agholor||Rueben Randle||Chris Givens||Josh Huff|
This one is easy. I'll note that Trey Burton could also get work as a fullback.
|Zach Ertz||Brent Celek||Trey Burton|
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 Peters||Allen Barbre||Jason Kelce||Brandon Brooks||Lane Johnson|
|Dennis Kelly||Darrell Greene||Stefen Wisniewski||Isaac Seumalo||Halapoulivaati Vaitai|
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 Curry||Fletcher Cox||Bennie Logan||Connor Barwin|
|Marcus Smith||Mike Martin||Taylor Hart||Brandon Graham|
The Eagles' starters at linebacker are set, but they severely lack depth.
|Nigel Bradham||Jordan Hicks||Mychal Kendricks|
|Myke Tavarres||Joe Walker||Najee Goode|
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.
|Eric Rowe||Leodis McKelvin||Ron Brooks|
|Nolan Carroll||Jaylen Watkins||Jalen Mills|
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.
|Malcolm Jenkins||Rodney McLeod|
|Chris Maragos||Blake Countess|
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|