Eagles 53-man roster projection after the first preseason game

The Philadelphia Eagles now have 10 practices, a handful of walkthroughs, and their first preseason game. Let’s go ahead and update our 53-man roster projections.

Quarterbacks (3): Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew, Reid Sinnett

Cuts (1): Carson Strong

Sinnett was up and down in his performance for the season Friday night, but he showed enough during training camp that I wouldn’t risk exposing him to waivers in an effort to get him back on the practice squad.

Running back (3): Miles Sanders, Kenny Gainwell, Boston Scott

Cuts (3): Jason Huntley, Kennedy Brooks, DeAndre Torrey

Sanders is the clear RB1 and the coaching staff hope Gainwell can be productive in a passing role. Scott played pretty much alone last season when Sanders was injured. I saw the Eagles add to this position group between now and the start of the season.

I wanted to keep Huntley as fourth running back, but it’s hard to fit him in. He brings added value as a kick returner and he has speed, but he does not run through contact. The Eagles were able to put him on the practice squad last year, so I don’t know why it would be any different this year.

Wide Receiver (5): DeVonta Smith, AJ Brown, Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Jalen Reagor

Cuts (6): Britain Covey, Greg Ward, Deon Cain, John Hightower, Devon Allen, Lance Lenoir

Reagor has had his most consistent camp of his career to date, and even if he hadn’t, there was never a chance the team would release him outright. He’s in unless he’s traded, which remains a good possibility.

Covey has shown that he is capable as a final receiver and he brings added value as a returner. I would have had him on the first 53, but reportedly he sustained an injury Friday night that will allow the Eagles to put him on the practice squad (or on IR if it’s a serious injury).

That could open the door for Greg Ward to survive, especially if Reagor is shared.

Tight end (3): Dallas Goedert, Grant Calcaterra, Jack Stoll

Cuts (3): Richard Rodgers, Noah Togiai, JJ Arcega-Whiteside

Calcaterra has missed seven training sessions with a hamstring injury, so some forecasts say he could be dropped on the assumption that you “can’t make the club in the bath”. Meh. He looked good as a receiver before he ran out of time, and it’s not like there’s a tight end to the roster otherwise he’d have to take his place.

Offensive Line (10): Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Lane Johnson, Andre Dillard, Cam Jurgens, Jack Driscoll, Sua Opeta, Jack Anderson

Cuts (5): Le’Raven Clark, Kayode Awosika, Josh Sills, Cameron Tom, Bill Dunkle

We’re taking it hard here because the Eagles have a bunch of offensive linemen who are worthy of the team, and, you know, they’re valuable.

Edge Defenders (4): Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett, Tarron Jackson

Cuts (1): Matt Leo

Easiest positional group to predict.

Domestic Defense Line (5): Javon Hargrave, Fletcher Cox, Jordan Davis, Milton Williams, Marlon Tuipulotu

Cuts (3): Marvin Wilson, Renell Wren, Kobe Smith

Tuipulotu has gone from a bubble player to a near-lock in my opinion. Wilson, Wren and Smith are all practice team worthy. I think the Eagles will try to keep two.

SAM (3): Haason Reddick, Patrick Johnson, Kyron Johnson

Cuts (1): Ali Fayad

Kyron Johnson has had a very quiet camp, but the team traded to select him, so I’m wearing it. He could use some nice moments to close out training camp and pre-season games to cement his spot, but I believe he’s firmly in the bubble.

Linebacker (5): TJ Edwards, Kyzir White, Nakobe Dean, Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley

Cuts (2): Jacoby Stevens, Christian Elliss

Like the defensive ending above, I think this group is quite cut and dried.

Cornerback (6): Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Josiah Scott, Josh Jobe

Cuts (6): Kary Vincent, Tay Gowan, Mac McCain, Jimmy Moreland, Mario Goodrich, Josh Blackwell

Josiah Scott is a new addition to this group as he’s now getting safety reps too, meaning the team is trying to see how much they can get on his plate. That’s a good sign for him. The sixth corner spot is really hard to predict. There are arguments for Vincent, Gowan and McCain, but Jobe has come up lately. I wrote a lot of this for the Eagles vs. Jets game and had Jobe there anyway, but the fact that he played with the second team on Friday night only cements his placement on the roster here.

I wonder if the Eagles can hold seven corners. If so, for me it would be between Vincent and Gowan.

Safety (3): Marcus Epps, Anthony Harris, K’Von Wallace

Cuts (4): Jaquiski Tartt, Andre Chachere, Reed Blankenship, Jared Mayden

To be clear, I don’t think the Eagles will go into the season with just three certainties, plus Josiah Scott. If they make a trade between now and the start of the regular season, it could be for more safety depth. They may also be active on the waiver wire after final cuts.

Specialists (3): Jake Elliott, Arryn Siposs, Rick Lovato

Cuts (0): None

None of these guys have competition.

PUP (2): TE Tyree Jackson, OL Brett Toth

Look for Jackson and Toth to stay on PUP in the regular season.


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