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53...fluid w/ waiver wire additions and trades

Here's an update of the previous version of potential waiver wire candidates for both the Eagles' 53 and/or practice squad. I eliminated a lot of names from the previous version that now seem to be off the bubble. That said, a number of players on this list will still make their respective team's 53. Player's with a "PS" are practice squad and have little chance IMO to crack the Eagles' 53. The list is fairly comprehensive in that I tried to tailor it to the Eagles' needs/scheme. I will update the list as cuts are made.

TEAM POS NAME PS TEAM POS NAME PS
ARI CB FLEMING, Jamell CUT* DE McDONALD, Clinton*
CUT* CB ANTHONY, Marc CUT* DE/OLB JOHNSON, Delano*
CUT* CB PRATER, Shaun* CUT* DE HOWARD, Jaye*
CUT* CB KEARNEY, Vernon*
PS CUT* OLB REED, D'Aundre*
CUT* CB CARMICHAEL, Roc* CUT* OLB MOCH, Dontay*
CUT* CB BURTON, Brandon* CLE OLB MARTIN, Eric PS
CUT* CB FELDER, Bobby* CUT* OLB MOSES, Dezman*
NO CB SWEETING, Rod GB OLB MULUMBA, Andy PS
CUT* CB FREDERICK, Terrence* GB OLB PALMER, Nate PS
NYG CB THOMAS, Terrell HOU OLB WILLIAMS, Trevardo PS
CUT* CB CROMARTIE, Marcus* CUT* OLB JOHNSON, Rufus*
SD CB CASON, Antoine CUT* OLB TRACY, Adrian*
CUT* CB COOPER, Marcus* PS CUT* OLB BASS, David*
CUT* CB MINNIFIELD, Chase* PS SEA OLB MORGAN, Mike
ARI CB/S BETHEL, Justin CUT* OLB SOLOMON, Scott*
CUT* CB/S SMITH, Branden* PS CUT* ILB POUGH, Keith* PS
CUT* S MITCHELL, Charles* CUT* ILB HEPBURN, Brandon PS
CUT* S/CB THOMAS, Michael* MIN ILB COLE, Audie
ARI S JEFFERSON, Tony NE ILB BEAUHARNAIS, Steve
CIN S MILES, Jeromy SEA ILB LOTULELEI, John PS
DAL S JOHNSON, Matt CUT* ILB POWELL, Ty* PS
DAL S HEATH, Jeff CUT* OC FREEMAN, Dalton* PS
DEN S ADAMS, Mike CUT* OC MOLK, David*
CUT* S JOHNSON, Tyrell* CLE OG HAUPTMANN, Caylin PS
CUT* S HARDIN, Brandon* PS CUT* OG HERMAN, Eric* PS
HOU S PLEASANT, Eddie CUT* OG/DE SMITH, Jared* PS
KC S McDOUGALD, Brad CUT* OG/OT NIXON, Xavier* PS
CUT* S HARTMAN, Tysyn CUT* OT DATKO, Andrew* PS
MIN S SENDEJO, Andrew CUT* OT/OG BECTON, Nick* PS
CUT* S CATTOUSE, Sean* PS CUT* TE HARRIS, Demetrius*
SEA S SHEAD, DeShawn PS CUT* TE GRAY, Marqueis* PS
STL S DANIELS, Matt CUT* WR ROGERS, Taveon* PS
TB S GRIMM, Cody CUT* WR RICHARDSON, Rico* PS
CUT* NT BARNES, TJ* PS NO WR TANNER, Andy
NYG NT ROGERS, Shaun CUT* WR PARKER, Preston*
PIT NT FANGUPO, Hebron OAK WR FORD, Jacoby
PIT NT TA'AMU, Alameda OAK WR CRINER, Juron
SEA NT SILIGA, Sealver CUT* WR VERNON, Conner* PS
GB NT/DE BOYD, Josh CUT* WR HARPER, Chris*
CUT* DE/NT JONES, Chris* CUT* WR OSGOOD, Kassim
CUT* DE/NT PURCELL, Mike* PS CUT* WR HAWKINS, Lavelle
CUT* DE ROH, Craig* PS KC RB GRAY, Cyrus
KC DE CATAPANO, Mike PS NO RB ROBINSON, Khiry
MIA DE MARTIN, Vaughn NO RB CADET, Travaris
MIA DE FRANCIS, AJ SEA RB WARE, Spencer
MIN DE BALLARD, Christian CUT* RB HAMPTON, Jewel* PS
NO DE JOHNSON, Tom WAS RB THOMPSON, Chris
CUT* DE RICHARDSON, Jay* DEN QB DYSERT, Zac PS
CUT* DE AUSTIN, Marvin* CUT* QB SCOTT, Matt* PS

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The grass isn't always greener, but in this case it's Augusta fairway-esque. First....a trade. The Eagles' have depth at both RB & TE and should look to acquire help in the secondary. I'd be in favor of sending Chris Polk to Cleveland for S - Johnson Bademosi, but Cleveland won't agree to that with several decent RBs about to hit the waiver wire. Therefore, I'd look to South Beach and trade Clay Harbor to the Dolphins in exchange for S - Kelcie McCray. Player-for-player trades are easier said than Madden, so this may also be unlikely, but I think it works for both teams.

My opinion of the Eagles' overall roster depth is not exactly a positive one. I think they can upgrade positions of depth across the board on defense and WR depth is also in need of an upgrade. I italicized players in my 53 below that I would like the Eagles' to try and replace. The potential addition/replacement is in parentheses. I included some positional flexibility due to the various roster additions.

QB(3): Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley

RB(3/4): Lesean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk, (Any from the list above) I'd prefer Khiry Robinson, but I have a feeling the Saints probably do as well.

WR(6): Desean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson, Russell Shepard (Chris Harper), (Saints' WR) Assuming they keep special teams ace Courtney Roby...Andy Tanner & Preston Parker are probably both not going to make the Saints' roster and they are definitely both better options than what is currently on the Eagles. They also both play special teams which is essential.

TE(3): Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey. I'd prefer 4 TEs, but just traded Harbor for a safety and the decent available options are best suited for the practice squad. I wouldn't be opposed to adding a serviceable veteran depending on how the rest of the roster shakes out.

OL(8/9): Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, Lane Johnson, Allen Barbre, Danny Watkins, Julian Vandervelde (David Molk)...Dennis Kelly either starts on the roster or on the PUP list. If Kelly is healthy, I'd also consider trading Watkins.

DL(7): Isaac Sopoaga, Cedric Thornton, Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Vinnie Curry, Clifton Geathers (Steelers' NT), Damion Square (Clinton McDonald, Josh Boyd, AJ Francis, Tom Johnson...take your pick). With Alameda Ta'amu and Loni Fangupo, Pittsburgh can probably only keep one and the other would look very nice in green. Square could make the practice squad, but should be replaced on the 53 with the amount of options that will be on the market. I would also keep an eye out Christian Ballard from the Vikings...he is away from the team dealing with a personal issue and barring injury, I don't think he'll have a roster spot when he gets back.

OLB(5/6): Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Connor Barwin, Chris McCoy, (pick 1 or 2 from Dontay Moch, Adrian Tracy, Chris Carter, & Mike Morgan)

ILB(4): DeMeco Ryans, Michael Kendricks, Jake Knott, Emmanuel Acho (I'm not completely sold on either of the back-ups, but I also don't think anything that the Eagles pick-up would be an upgrade at this point.

CB(6): Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Jordan Poyer, Brandon Hughes (Marcus Cromartie), (Arizona CB). I'd prefer Justin Bethel to Jamell Fleming, but either will do.

S(4/5): Patrick Chung, Earl Wolff, Kelcie McCray, Nate Allen, Colt Anderson (Jeromy Miles, Matt Johnson, Matt Daniels, etc) Safety is the hardest part of the list above to predict, because teams keep anywhere from 3-6 on their roster. If the Eagles do add multiple safeties via trade/waiver wire, I will not shed a tear to see Allen or Coleman depart this team.

ST (3): Jon Dorenbos, Alex Henery, Donnie Jones

The 53 above is far from concrete, but as far as overall numbers, I'd prefer 24 offense, 26 defense,3 ST.

Practice Squad:

RB - Matthew Tucker

WR - Connor Vernon

TE - Demetrius Harris

OT/OG - Nick Becton

DE - Damion Square

ILB - Keith Pough

CB - Marcus Cooper

S - DeShawn Shead

This is obviously wishful thinking on my part, but there is a little eternal optimist in every football fan in August.

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