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There is still a while to training camp, but in all likelihood the Eagles preseason roster is almost entirely intact with OTA’s getting underway. Cuts will need to be made eventually, so let’s take an early crack at how the regular season roster may look in September (names listed by alphabetical order of last name in each grouping).

 

QUARTERBACK

Keep: Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew, Carson Strong

Cut: Reid Sinnett

This one is pretty straightforward, though I suppose it is uncertain whether the Eagles will keep three QB’s. The Eagles gave Carson Strong – as an undrafted free agent – guaranteed money equivalent to that of a fifth-round pick, which is practically unprecedented, so I would imagine they anticipate him making the roster.

 

RUNNING BACK

Keep: Kenny Gainwell, Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Jason Huntley

Cut: Kennedy Brooks

I would be fairly surprised if this is any result other than this one, unless undrafted Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks has a stellar preseason. The Eagles will want to be deep at running back, and Huntley is by far the best kick returner on the roster. The other three are locks.

 

WIDE RECEIVER

Keep: A.J. Brown, Zach Pascal, Jalen Reagor, DeVonta Smith, Greg Ward, Quez Watkins

Cut: Devon Allen, Deon Cain, Britain Covey, Josh Hammond, John Hightower, Keric Wheatfall

Brown, Smith, and Watkins are locks. Ward always seems to stick around and the team likes him, so I imagine he will get a spot. I would be shocked if Pascal has a putrid enough summer to not crack the roster considering the relative lack of depth the team still has at receiver. Finally, we all know Reagor is not getting cut, right? Just accept it, because it is not happening, but at least he will be a backup this year instead of starting. I think Allen (speed), Covey (kick return ability), and Hightower (familiarity) are the most likely practice squad candidates out of the cuts.

 

TIGHT END

Keep: Grant Calcaterra, Dallas Goedert, Jack Stoll

Cut: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Richard Rodgers, Noah Togiai

Goedert is a lock, and considering Calcaterra is a drafted rookie in a very shallow tight end room, I imagine he gets a spot as well. Stoll was the TE2 last season and is a good blocker, so with Tyree Jackson still recovering from his torn ACL (I think he starts the year on PUP and joins the team mid-season), Stoll makes the opening roster. The Whiteside conversion to tight end feels like a hail mary attempt to salvage his career, in my opinion, and I have a feeling this is the year the team finally cuts bait with him, or at least is relegated to a practice squad player.

 

OFFENSIVE LINE

Keep: Landon Dickerson, Andre Dillard, Jack Driscoll, Lane Johnson, Cam Jurgens, Jason Kelce, Jordan Mailata, Sua Opeta, Isaac Seumalo

Cut: Jack Anderson, Le’Raven Clark, Kayode Owisiaka, William Dunkle, Josh Sills, Brett Toth, Jarrid Williams

Everyone on the “keep” list except for Opeta is a lock, unless Dillard gets traded, which I doubt happens at this point. I was torn between Opeta and Jack Anderson for the 53rd roster spot. I think much of Anderson’s appeal stems from his ability to play center, but with the Cam Jurgens selection and both Dickerson and Seumalo also having that flexibility, I think they just go with the better and more experienced player in Opeta. I also wanted to keep Le’Raven Clark, but the Eagles are just too deep across the line for there to be room for him. He and Anderson are strong practice squad candidates.

 

DEFENSIVE LINE

Keep: Derek Barnett, Fletcher Cox, Jordan Davis, Brandon Graham, Javon Hargrave, Tarron Jackson, Josh Sweat, Milton Williams

Cut: Noah Elliss, Matt Leo, Marlon Tuipulotu, Marvin Wilson, Renell Wren 

This one was pretty easy. I would honestly be shocked if any of those eight players did not make the team this year. I would have kept Tuipulotu if the Eagles did not take Jordan Davis, but with Davis in the mix there just isn’t any room for Big Marlon.

 

LINEBACKER

Keep: Shaun Bradley, Nakobe Dean, T.J. Edwards, Kyron Johnson, Haason Reddick, Davion Taylor, Kyzir White

Cut: Christian Elliss, Ali Fayad, Patrick Johnson, JaCoby Stevens

When I started this exercise, I did not think I would be keeping seven linebackers, but the Eagles are surprisingly deep here. I honestly think all seven are very likely to make the roster, and I was even pretty hesitant to cut Patrick Johnson, but Kyron Johnson plays a similar role to him, and I am guessing they will prioritize the rookie. On paper, this might be the best linebacker group the Eagles have had since Andy Reid was the head coach.

 

CORNERBACK

Keep: James Bradberry, Mario Goodrich, Tay Gowan, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Darius Slay

Cut: Josh Blackwell, Craig James, Josh Jobe, Mac McCain III, Jimmy Moreland, Josiah Scott, Kary Vincent Jr.

This was by far the toughest position to do. I cut guys here that I did not want to cut, but I could not imagine them keeping seven or more corners. Slay, Bradberry, Maddox, and McPhearson are locks. From there, it is just a total crapshoot of a bunch of young guys the Eagles are taking flyers on, so I just took a stab at the two I thought could end up impressing the most. Gowan was acquired in the Zach Ertz trade and the team was supposedly high on him during the 2021 Draft, so I will give him an upper leg here. Goodrich received a huge signing bonus from the Eagles as an undrafted free agent and was supposed to be around a fourth-round pick, so I would imagine that the Eagles think pretty highly of him and are going to give him every opportunity to make this roster. There will certainly be corners from the “cut” list on the Eagles practice squad this year, with Josh Jobe and Kary Vincent Jr. being the most likely of the bunch, in my view.

 

SAFETY

Keep: Andre Chachere, Marcus Epps, Anthony Harris, K’Von Wallace

Cut: Reed Blankenship, Jared Mayden

Epps and Harris are locks, and Wallace should be as well unless the team brings in a veteran. I penciled in Chachere here because he was on the team last year, but I would not be surprised at all if Blankenship – one of their higher-end undrafted free agents – beats him out for that final safety spot. I think he is a lock for the practice squad at a minimum. Quarterback discussion aside, however, this is probably the only position group on the roster that I still feel is weak entering the season.

 

SPECIALISTS

Keep: Jake Elliott, Rick Lovato, Arryn Siposs

Cut: None

All three Eagles specialists are not currently facing any opposition. For Elliott and Lovato, this makes sense. For Siposs, however, he really fell off towards the end of the season, especially in the playoff loss to Tampa Bay. Handing him the punting job this year without any competition would be a questionable decision, in my opinion.

 

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