I went back and re-watched the 1st half of the Jets game to take another look at some guys. I wanted to be as informed as possible, but also as fair as possible when projecting my 53-man roster. Not much changed, but it was good to see some backups playing extensively.
QB – 3 – Vick, Foles, Barkley
RB – 3 – McCoy, Brown, Polk
WR – 5 – Jackson, Cooper, Avant, Johnson, Shepard
TE – 4 – Celek, Ertz, Casey, Harbor
OL – 9 – Peters, Mathis, Kelce, Herremans, Johnson, Barbre, Vandervelde, Kelly, Bamiro
Offense is 24 players.
DL – 7 – Cox, Sopoaga, Thornton, Logan, Curry, Geathers, Square
OLB – 4 – Barwin, Cole, Graham, McCoy
ILB – 5 – Kendricks, Ryans, Acho, Matthews, Knott
S – 5 – Chung, Allen, Wolff, Coleman, Anderson
CB – 5 – Williams, Fletcher, Boykin…outsider, outsider
Defense is 26 players.
P Donnie Jones
K Alex Henery
LS Mr. Julie Dorenbos
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Now for the Practice Squad:
WR Ifeanyi Momah
RB Matt Tucker
QB Dennis Dixon
OL Matt Tobin
DL Joe Kruger
CB Jordan Poyer
LB Travis Long
* open spot *
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The hardest thing for me is OL. I went back and forth on Bamiro/Tobin. Tobin can play G or T. He’s played some LT. He went to Iowa and is a polished, coachable player. There is a real argument to keeping him, especially with Dennis Kelly hurt right now. That said, he does have a limited ceiling. If the light ever goes on for Bamiro, he could be a pretty good RT. He cannot play right now, but someone has to be inactive right now. I’m willing to take a chance on his potential. That said, if things get tight due to injuries, I am willing to switch them and cut Bamiro and add Tobin. Bamiro is a project. I like him, but he’s a luxury right now.
CB is wide open. I like the top 3 guys, but after that…injuries just decimated what was a pedestrian group already. Brandon Hughes could be kept if they think he’ll be okay to play. My guess is that the Eagles are working the phones hard to try and find a #4 CB.
I went with Shepard over Greg Salas for a few reasons. Shepard is the better STer. He’s the better athlete and has more upside. Salas is a natural slot receiver. I don’t think he’s got the speed to win outside vs starting CBs on a consistent basis. Avant and Johnson are already slot guys. Salas doesn’t help in that sense. I do think the Eagles could look for outside WR help and then put Shepard on the practice squad.
My guess is that Danny Watkins gets traded. I could see the Eagles and Bills working out a trade for a WR. Buffalo has veteran Brad Smith and young Marcus Easley as players of potential interest. They need OG help. Smith would be the most interesting. He is a good STer and solid role player. He is also a former QB. You could then only have 2 QBs active on gameday, with him as your emergency guy. Watkins played pretty well vs the Jets, but Barbre was flat out better. Danny being a pure OG makes him a luxury item right now.
I didn’t think Everette Brown was worth keeping. He’s not a developmental guy. He’d be inactive every week. Where’s the value?
I do wonder if Damion Square is less of a certain thing than people think. He’s awkward at NT. He’s okay at RDE, but I’d much rather have those reps going to Curry.
Emil Igwenagu could be a practice squad target. If you’re curious as to who is eligible, go here to see Sam’s list.
There will be a surprise move or two. I wonder if the right NT gets cut by another team…does Sopoaga then get cut by the Eagles? They could then go with Logan as the starter and add the other player as a backup. Or the other NT could be the starter if he’s that high quality of a player.
Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly are trying to build the best roster possible. The scouts have been studying players on the other 31 teams. The Eagles will have some guys targeted.
The next couple of days will be very rough on the players who are getting cut, but they will be a lot of fun for the fans. It is always interesting to see how the roster is shaped and how many changes then take place in the next few days as other players become available.