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Eagles 53-man roster prediction after one week of training camp practices

Updated projection.

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Now that we’re over a week into the Philadelphia Eagles’ training camp schedule, it’s the perfect time to apply what we’ve learned to an updated 53-man roster prediction. Read on to see how I see the team shaping up. [Click here for a link to our previous version.]

OFFENSE

QB: Jalen Hurts, Joe Flacco (2) [2]

Hurts has done nothing in camp to quiet rumors about the Eagles eventually replacing him. We’ll see if he can step it up in the coming weeks. After getting off to a bad start, Flacco has rebounded to be the clear No. 2 option. Nick Mullens’ good start to camp has faded, though he’s still better than a lot of No. 3 options out there. The Eagles can probably keep him on the practice squad.

RB: Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Kerryon Johnson, Jason Huntley, Kenny Gainwell (5) [7]

Sanders isn’t having an awesome camp considering he’s still struggling with fumbles and drops. He’s still RB1 but those issues need to be ironed out before the season gets here. Scott’s having a good summer; he’s clearly RB2. Johnson might be the pass protector on the team; he can contribute as a third down back. Huntley’s flashed home run hitting speed that makes him worth keeping around. Huntley is also by far the best kick returner option on the roster. Gainwell hasn’t done much as a runner but has flashed here and there as a pass catcher. As RB5, it could be a learning year for the rookie. Jordan Howard misses out here despite having some good runs earlier in camp.

WR: DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward, Travis Fulgham, Quez Watkins, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (6) [13]

It’s a bummer that Smith is dealing with an MCL sprain but he should be back in a week or two. Not worried about him. Impressive one-handed catch aside, Reagor just hasn’t been having the type of camp that screams ‘breakout season.’ Often too invisible. Ward is solid but unthreatening. Fulgham hasn’t had the best camp; there have been too many drops. It would also be nice to see Fulgham come down with more of his contested catch opportunities. Watkins looks improved — especially as a route runner — from Year to Year 2. The Eagles should give him some more first team opportunities to see how he fares against tougher competition. JJAW has had a solid summer but no one is going to believe it will translate to regular season games until we actually see it happen. I wouldn’t keep JJAW if it were up to me but I think the Eagles will give him one last chance. John Hightower is in a bad spot after suffering an injury that has him “week-to-week.” Can’t make the club in the tub.

TE: Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers, Tyree Jackson (3) [16]

Zach Ertz still looks good but it just doesn’t make sense to keep him around. There was one practice where Hurts and Goedert were really connecting but, outside of that, it’s been a relatively quiet camp for No. 88. Certainly hasn’t been able to fully emerge as a TE1 with Ertz still here. Jackson’s looked pretty good for a quarterback converting to tight end in his first offseason. Jackson might not be ready to contribute much this season but his potential makes him worth keeping around.

OL: Jordan Mailata, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Nate Herbig, Jack Driscoll, Sua Opeta, Brett Toth (9) [25]

The Eagles are still rotating first team left tackle reps but we all know the battle is over. Mailata won. And not just by default! He’s had a strong camp. Seumalo hasn’t practiced yet this summer since he’s still recovering from a hamstring injury. Kelce is gearing up for what could be his last season with the Eagles. Brooks has only fully participated in one training camp practice so far but expects to be fine. Johnson is still looking like Johnson. Herbig figures to be the top interior backup offensive lineman. Driscoll is the top backup at right tackle and has recently been taking some right guard reps. Opeta gives the Eagles even more interior depth, which might be necessary given how Seumalo and Brooks haven’t been practicing. Toth hasn’t stood out in a great way but he has been taking left tackle reps after previously working on the right side in his past. The Eagles might very well keep Andre Dillard but he’s really struggled this summer. It’s to the point where I seriously question him being one of the best 53 players on the roster. Trading Dillard allows the Eagles to salvage some kind of value and clears $1.62 million in cap space. No brainer.


DEFENSE

DE: Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett, Ryan Kerrigan, Tarron Jackson (5) [30]

BLG still looks like BLG. Sweat is having a great summer and seems primed for a big season as he enters a contract year. Double-digit sacks might just be in play. Sweat’s strong summer has drawn attention away from Barnett, who has also looked pretty good. Sweat and Barnett could be involved in a relatively heavy rotation. Kerrigan hasn’t stood out much; he’s recently been dealing with a thumb injury. Jackson has flashed at times, though he might not be ready to make a big Year 1 impact.

DT: Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Hassan Ridgeway, Milton Williams (4) [34]

Cox and Hargrave are both having good summers, which is to be expected. The Eagles seem to like Ridgeway despite the fact it’s hard to bank on his health. Williams is getting reps at both DE and DT with the Eagles experimenting with different defensive fronts. Marlon Tuipulotu misses the cut here because it’s been a quiet summer for him. T.Y. McGill has done enough to earn a roster spot but I don’t know that the Eagles will keep the veteran journeyman entering his age 29 season. I’d go with McGill over Ridgeway, personally.

LB: Eric Wison, Alex Singleton, Davion Taylor, T.J. Edwards, Shaun Bradley, JaCoby Stevens (6) (40)

Wilson hasn’t been exclusively taking reps at first team linebacker but he could end up leading the team in playing time at his position. Singleton returned to the starting lineup upon being activated from the COVID list. Taylor was getting LB1 reps before suffering a calf injury that has him designated as “week-to-week.” Missing practice time could impact his regular season playing time. Edwards figures to at least be a role player who contributes on special teams. Bradley is another special teams contributor who has taken some first team reps but hasn’t especially stood out. Stevens suffered a “week-to-week” hamstring injury after having his best practice. Still think the Eagles will keep the LSU rookie around. One problem with this projection is that I don’t have the Eagles keeping any of their “rush” linebackers such as Genard Avery, Joe Ostman, or Patrick Johnson. Just haven’t seen much out of them.

CB: Darius Slay, Steve Nelson, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Josiah Scott, Craig James (6) [46]

Slay and Nelson, who has looked solid, are the obvious starters on the outside. Maddox figures to be the man in the slot. ZMP has had a good camp and is positioned to be the top backup on the outside. Scott is looking like the top backup nickel option. James, one of two special teams captains last year, makes the roster due to his ST ability. Michael Jacquet is retained on the practice squad to provide more outside depth.

S: Rodney McLeod, Anthony Harris, K’Von Wallace, Marcus Epps (4) [50]

McLeod is currently on the PUP list but he said he expects to be ready for Week 1. He’s looked relatively active in his rehab work off on side fields so, at the very least, I don’t think he’s starting the season on PUP. Harris has mostly been quiet in camp but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Wallace and Epps have been rotating first team safety reps next to Harris. Andrew Adams is on the bubble here.


SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Jake Elliott (1) [51]

Elliott got off to a shaky start by only going 3/5 on his first set of field goal attempts. He rebounded in his next series by going a perfect 5/5. In the words of Jason Peters: No more misses, Jake.

P: Arryn Siposs (1) [52]

Siposs’s average hangtime has been pretty good based on all the times I’ve timed it. The preseason games will be the real test.

LS: Rick Lovato (1) [53]

More like Lockvato.


INJURY

PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM (PUP): Le’Raven Clark

Clark suffered an Achilles injury in Week 13 last year. He seems like a good bet to begin the season on reserve/PUP, thus requiring him to miss at least the first six games. He can eventually provide the Eagles with more tackle depth.

NON-FOOTBALL INJURY (NFI): Landon Dickerson

For all intents and purposes, the NFI list acts similarly to the PUP list. The Eagles might want to take it slow with Dickerson given his extensive injury history. He seemingly has a better chance of being active for Week 1 than Clark does but we’ll see.


PRACTICE SQUAD

Practice squad capacity goes up to 16 players again this year. Note that teams can block four practice squad players from being poached on a weekly basis at 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday before a game week.

QB Nick Mullens, RB Jordan Howard, WR Jhamon Ausbon, WR John Hightower, TE Jack Stoll, OG Kayode Awosika, C Luke Juriga, OT Casey Tucker, DE JaQuan Bailey, DT Marlon Tuipulotu, DT Raequan Williams, LB Patrick Johnson, LB Rashad Smith, CB Michael Jacquet III, S Grayland Arnold, S Elijah Riley


ROSTER CUT DATES

Tuesday, August 17 — Cut down from 90 to 85 players

Tuesday, August 24 — Cut down from 85 to 80 players

Tuesday, August 31 — Cut down from 80 to 53 players