Final roster cuts happen this weekend and there are still a few question marks. Here’s my final prediction for the 53 man roster.
Quarterback: (3) Vick, Young, Kafka. Easiest spot on the team.
Running Back: (4) McCoy, Brown, Lewis, Schmitt. I suppose Eldra Buckley had a shot, but the new rookie from Pitt has had a tremendous preseason.
Tight End: (2) Celek, Harbor. Donald Lee put some good tape on for some team last night, but it wasn’t the Eagles.
Wide Receiver: (6) Jackson, Maclin, Avant, Smith, Cooper, Hall. Chad Hall gets the final offensive skill spot because of his versatility. His place is in jeopardy once Steve Smith is healthy enough to contribute, though.
Offensive Line: (9) Peters, Herremans, Kelce, Mathis, Watkins, Jackson, Dunlap, Howard, Vandervelde. I don’t buy Reggie Wells as anything more than a camp body and Ryan Harris’s back makes him expendable. Mike McGlynn has fallen even further out of favor than Jackson. Winston Justice to PUP.
Defensive End: (6) Cole, Babin, Tapp, Parker, Te’o-Nesheim, Hunt. They could try to sneak Hunt onto the practice squad or cut Parker to save money. But I anticipate them going heavy at DE. Brandon Graham to PUP.
Defensive Tackle: (4) Jenkins, Patterson, Dixon, Laws. Trevor Laws played well last night to solidify his spot. Anthony Hargrove and Derek Landri have been camp favorites, but I don’t see the upside. Plus, the Eagles have always been willing to move guys inside from end for that extra rush presence.
Linebacker: (6) Matthews, Fokou, Chaney, Jordan, Rolle, Clayton. Greg Lloyd has injury redshirt written all over him. Brian Rolle looked much more impressive than Keenan Clayton in recent days. I hope the Eagles snag another veteran back up and put Clayton on the practice squad.
Cornerback: (6) Asomugha, Samuel, Rodgers-Cromartie, Marsh, Lindley, Hughes. Right now I’m leaning toward a Joselio Hanson trade.
Safety: (4) Coleman, Allen, Jarrett, Page. I’m sure Bobby April really wants to keep Colt Anderson. but at this point I’m worried enough about Nate Allen that Jarrad Page has to stay.
Specialist: (3) Dorenbos, Henry, Henery.
If I did my math right, that’s 53. Sound off in the comments if you disagree.
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