Are you curious why the Eagles drafted a second tight end, Dallas Goedert, when they already have Pro Bowler and Super Bowl-winner Zach Ertz on the roster? Look no further than The Athletic, where I penned an article recently that examined the Eagles' use of multiple tight end sets last year. The numbers surprised me, especially what emerged about the Eagles in the red zone, in the playoffs, and specifically the effectiveness of Ertz and Trey Burton in the same formation. Make sure to subscribe to The Athletic Philly (hat tip to the inimitable Sheil Kapadia for asking me to contribute) and check it out:
Who's in? Who's out? That's what our trusty beat reporters are predicting. Here's the grand master list of predictions before (as) the actual cuts come out. Click to embiggen:
Where everybody agrees:
- Outside Linebacker
- Punter and Long Snapper
Where everybody almost agrees:
- Tight End: Only Jimmy Kempski thinks Trey Burton is staying.
- Defensive Line: Martin Frank is the only reporter to knock Taylor Hart off the roster. Eliot Shor-Parks is the only one to put Damion Square on.
- Inside Linebacker: Most think the Eagles keep three. Geoff Mosher likes Emmanuel Acho's chances, though, and Reuben Frank and Ed Kracz think Casey Matthews sticks.
- Safety: Did the Eagles waste a 5th round pick on Ed Reynolds? Only 4 beats have him making the roster. Everybody else is set.
- Running Back: LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles are locks, but hardly anyone agrees on the rest. There are 8 different combinations of backs among the 13 reporters polled.
- Wide Receiver: Josh Huff is on, to everyone except Martin Frank. Brad Smith also, to all except Frank (again) and Mosher. After that, it's a toss up for Jeff Maehl and Arrelious Benn to take the "blocking and special teams WR" role.
- Offensive Line: 8 linemen or 9? Dennis Kelly or Andrew Gardner? These are the questions that keep us awake at night.
- Kicker: Although, to be fair, every prediction in favor of Alex Henery was made before last night's final preseason game in which Cody Parkey smashed two 50+ yard field goals.