Football is getting closer by the day, especially with training camp starting in a couple of weeks. With that being said, it is a good idea to look at the possible roster of the Eagles. I’ll highlight the players who I see making it and some key ones that don’t make it in my mind.
The Eagles haven’t had much of a roster turnover from their Super Bowl season but new faces have emerged to go along with some fan favorites leaving. This roster is viewed as many as a Super Bowl favorite this year because of that.
*In order of the projected depth chart
Quarterbacks (3) –
The Eagles go into the 2018 season with the best quarterback room in the NFL. Nothing surprising here in terms of who makes the roster. Wentz is an MVP candidate and will only be getting better to last year’s outstanding campaign. Nick Foles just got the Super Bowl MVP after a masterful playoff run and managed to stay on the roster despite all of the rumors of him leaving. Nate Sudfeld is a backup quarterback on a lot of other teams and provides tremendous depth for the Eagles. Joe Callahan just wasn’t worth a roster spot to have four quarterback’s on this roster.
Running Backs (5) –
Five running backs are a lot for an NFL team but that’s what the Eagles rocked last season. It helps the running backs stay fresh and do other roles. Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement will be 1A and 1B as they will share carries to keep the defense on their toes. Darren Sproles will come back to take back his third-down role and possibly be able to return punts again. Jones will be a good depth piece to Ajayi and Clement as he will try to prove to he belongs in the NFL. Pumphrey will also try to prove his worth in a depth role and key special teams role if the team doesn’t want Sproles to return punts.
This leaves Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams off the roster. Smallwood fell out of the rotation last year after not able to grasp the starting spot when giving the chance. Adams would’ve most likely made the roster but he still has some stuff to polish and he also has injury concerns. That will likely afford the Eagles the chance to put him on the practice squad.
Wide Receivers (5) –
This group like many other groups for the offense is very similar to last years. They just got better though as they improved upon the inconsistent Torrey Smith with Mike Wallace. Wallace is an upgrade but not that big of one. Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery were obvious locks to go along with Mack Hollins as they proved pivotal roles last year. Marquess Wilson was also brought in and will take that depth role with Hollins.
Bryce Treggs has proved that he is nothing more than a fringe depth piece and will most probably be cut. The same can be said with Marcus Wheaton. After a promising start, Wheaton has struggled to get snaps in the NFL.
Tight End (3) –
After the Eagles lost Eagles great Brent Celek and Trey Burton in the offseason, the tight end position was in flux. They just had Ertz on the roster and needed help. Howie Roseman fixed that by getting Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers. Those moves made this group an intriguing one yet again as Goedert has drawn some pretty lofty comparisons.
Billy Brown looks like he will be heading back to the practice squad. The athletic tight end will look to further improve his craft in hopes to one day make the 53 man roster.
Offensive Line (8) –
The best offensive line in the NFL hasn’t changed at all since last year. This projection is basically what it was last year. The Eagles have great depth and pro bowler caliber starters at every position across the line.
There are some intriguing pieces that are on the fringe of a roster spot. A few rookies certainly come to mind, especially former Rugby player Jordan Mailata. He and Matt Pryor are both monsters as they are both above 6’6” and 330 pounds. They provide a lot of power but need to improve their technique. Mailata is going to be a huge project if he makes the practice squad. He doesn’t just need to improve his technique, he needs to learn how to play football. There is also Ian Park, who went to Slippery Rock which is just about 6 hours away from Philly. All are prime prospects to make the practice squad.