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Predicting the Philadelphia Eagles’ Final 53 Man Roster

Zach Ertz
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Offense

QB (3): Carson Wentz, Josh McCown, Nate Sudfeld

Carson Wentz is the Eagles’ starter, that is a no brainer. Josh McCown was just recently just signed to the roster with a $2M contract. With his veteran experience and ability to be a starting quality quarterback just two years ago, it’s easy to see that this Wentz’s backup. Nate Sudfeld showed promise in the preseason, but with his injury he’ll end up being a developmental third-stringer once again.

 

RB (4): Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles, Corey Clement

The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard and drafted Miles Sanders, so they are obvious locks. Darren Sproles is a cheap veteran that provides a nice change-of-pace in small doses. Corey Clement plays a similar role, but is younger and can be trusted more consistently. Josh Adams is right on the bubble, but will more than likely find his way to the practice squad.

 

WR (6): Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Marken Michel, Mack Hollins

Alshon, DJax, Agholor, and 2019 second-round pick Arcega-Tron are all locks. Yet, the last two spots will be highly debatable. Marken Michel showed why he deserves to be a part of the final roster in Week 1 of the preseason, when he beat Adoree’ Jackson deep on a 75-yard touchdown pass. Mack Hollins was an injury mystery last season, not playing a single game. However, Hollins has been a terrific special teams player ever since college and should be a decent developmental piece throughout the season. The difficult cut from this corps will be Greg Ward who, like Michel, has shown good talent in the preseason.

 

TE (3): Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Joshua Perkins

Zach Ertz is easily the in the top-three of NFL tight ends. Dallas Goedert is the best backup tight end in the NFL and 90 percent of NFL teams would gladly have him as their starter. Joshua Perkins is a natural receiver and, with Richard Rodgers recently being injured, he’ll likely round out the tight end position for this year.

 

OL (9): Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Andre Dillard, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Matt Pryor, Jordan Mailata

Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson are all players at the top of their positions in the league. Andre Dillard is the Eagles’ First Round selection from the 2019 Draft and is Peters’ successor. Isaac Seumalo was the starting left guard last season and while it was obvious that he was the least talented on that line, he is still the best at the position. Now for Halapoulivaati Vaitai. With recent trade rumors, it’s hard to say that he will be in an Eagles’ uniform whenever the regular season starts. Yet, if no trades happen before the cut-down begins, Vaitai will be a part of the final 53. Matt Pryor is a quality backup lineman that can play multiple positions, which is huge for a team. Jordan Mailata is the definition of raw talent. Only one year into learning and playing football, he would seem to be an easy release, but the 6’ 8”, 350-pound, 5.12 40-yard dash former Rugby player is just too much of a man and athlete to let be scooped up by another team.

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